[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]About 4.5 million Americans are bitten by a dog every year, and about 20 percent of those bites result in a hospital visit. Most alarmingly, many of the serious injuries caused by dog bites happen to young children. Learning about dog bite safety, and teaching dog bite safety to children, can help to prevent dog bite injuries.
- Do not approach unfamiliar dogs!
- If an unfamiliar dog approaches you, stay still and silent. Unfamiliar dogs can become aggressive if you run away or make loud noises.
- If you are still and silent and the dog knocks you to the ground, curl up into a ball and remain still.
- Avoid making eye contact with an unfamiliar dog. The dog may perceive eye contact as a threat.
- Do not interfere if two dogs are fighting or playing with each other.
- Restrained dogs should be avoided.
- Avoid startling any unfamiliar dog that is eating, sleeping, or nursing.
Dog Bite Safety for OwnersDog owners must also do their part to promote dog bite safety! In California, failure to prevent your dog from biting someone will lead to personal liability. In California, you are 100% responsible if your dog causes injury to another person. Protect everyone by practicing these dog bite safety tips.
- Spay and neuter your dogs! Dogs who are fixed are on average less aggressive.
- Wrestling and other violent games can lead to violent behavior. Try other games, like fetch.
- Do not introduce new dogs to children without first bonding with it.
- Invite a new dog into your home. 'Outside dogs' who spend the majority of their time chained up can have social issues.
- Do not leave your dog alone with any children or infants.
- While training a dog, do not let it growl or bare teeth.