Dog behavior doesn’t change; it is recognizable and follows patterns. How we respond dictates whether we get growled at, chased, bit or attacked.
Quality behavioral education is the best method to positively change dog-bite statistics.
Some Interesting Statistics
- Approximately 4.7 million people are bitten every year.
- Yearly, over 800,000 people require medical attention.
- Children under 12 are the targets of over 50% of all dog bites.
- Many dog bites go unreported.
- There are 74.8 million dogs in America.
- Approximately 33 people die every year due to their dog bite injuries.
- Dog bites are the 5th MOST frequent visit to hospital emergency rooms.
- Someone seeks medical attention for a dog bite every 40 seconds in the United States.
- According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA):“dog bites are a public health crisis”, “There are very few public health crises
- that can be cured by education… dog bites are one of them”,“the most surprising aspect of this public health crisis is that it does NOT have to be this way; dog bites are preventable…”
- In America, nearly $2 billion is spent each year todefend, litigate and provide medical care due to dog bite injuries.
- The average cost of a single dog bite is over $44,ooo.