Apr
23
2013

Preventative Measures Against Dog Bites

Preventative Measures Against Dog Bites

dog16It’s difficult to imagine our adorable and fun loving dogs can become dangerous, but according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 4.7 million people in the United States get bitten by dogs every year.

Similar to any other attack, dog bites can be lethal, therefore safety and prevention is important. Although breeds such as, Pitbulls and Rottweilers are often responsible for a large number of dog bites, any breed and size dog is capable of aggressive behaviors.

Your dog can suddenly become aggressive and attack anywhere, anytime and to anyone.

Dog Bite Statistics:

  • Family dogs made up 65% of the fatal attacks. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of the attacks occurred on the dog owner’s property.
  • Nearly a quarter (24%) of the deaths involved unrestrained dogs off their owners’ property. Over half (58%) of the deaths involved unrestrained dogs on their owners’ property. Approximately 17% of the deaths involved restrained dogs on their owners’ property. Less than one percent involved a restrained dog off its owner’s property.

As a owner, it is your responsibility to take preventative measures such as;
Proper Training
Restraint
Spraying or Neutering
Supervision

First and foremost, be knowledgeable of your dog’s history. If your dog has a history of aggressive behavior, do not bring him or her into a household where young children are present. 72% of dog attacks happen to children, so never leave a young child alone with a dog.

Instead of playing aggressive games with your dog, teach him or her submissive behaviors. Discourage aggressive behaviors such as snarling and encourage socialization. Training should also include exposure to various people, places and animals.

Preventative measures protect everyone. Do not leave your dog unsupervised when off your property and do not keep your dog tethered. And most importantly, seek advice from your veterinarian or animal behaviorist if your dog acquires aggressive behaviors.

F.I.D.O., the Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc., now offers the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O. members only. This policy is presently available in Florida. It will protect you should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. It does not exclude any breed of dog and starts as low as $75 per dog, per year. For more information on our dog bite liability insurance programs and for a free quote, check out our website, Dogbitequote.com.

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