Keep reading to find out if it’s something you should be aware of, and what to look out for to prevent future bites!
Are Dog Bites an Issue?
- According to The Insurance Information Institute reported that in 2021, $69 million US Households owned dogs. “The number of dog bite Insurance claims nationwide increased in 2021 to 17,989 from 17,597 in 2020—a 2.2 percent increase”
- According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention – children being the most likely to be bitten and hospitalized.
Signs A Dog Will Bite
- A dog that may bite might try to make itself seem larger or sometimes smaller. If the dog’s hair is on end, tail is pointing up, back is arched, etc., then it may be time to remove the human or other dog from the situation. On the other hand, a crouched dog, or a dog with a lowered head, licking its lips repeatedly, or rolling over may be an anxious dog. Aggression or anxiety can be equally dangerous.
How To Prevent Bites
As An Owner
- Make sure your dog is socialized! If it’s been a while since you’ve taken your dog out or to the park, consider transitioning your dog cautiously. You don’t want to overwhelm them!