According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and about 885,000 require medical attention for these injuries. If fact, dog bites account for approximately one-third of all homeowner’s insurance liability claim dollars paid out each year.
Even if you think your dog is about as ferocious as Snoopy, it’s wise to take steps to minimize your risks:
- Spay or neuter your dog to reduce its desire to roam and become aggressive with other dogs and humans.
- Introduce your dog to various situations and people so that it will not be nervous in new social circumstances.
- Accompany your dog to training courses to learn how to respect humans and the rules you establish in your home.
- Teach your dog to act properly at all times. When the dog exhibits signs of aggression, even in a playful manner, put a stop to it. Your pet does not understand the difference between playtime and a real life attacking situation.
- Provide your dog with regular veterinary care, vaccinations and licensing.
- Do not bring your dog into social situations if you are unsure how it will react. This will reduce the chance that something could go wrong.