National Dog Bite Prevention Week takes place on the second full week of April each year. Sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), State Farm Insurance, and the U.S. Postal Service, National Dog Bite Prevention Week focuses on helping families understand why dogs bite and learn how to avoid situations in which their beloved family pet might feel the need to bite or snap.
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About 70 million dogs are currently kept as pets in the United States, according to a study by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. While many of these dogs are well-behaved around humans, any dog can bite under stressful conditions, according to AVMA.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs in the U.S. each year. About 20 percent of those bitten need medical care for the injuries that result. Children are more likely to be bitten than adults, and they tend to suffer more severe injuries when they are bitten.
To help prevent dog bites, AVMA says, dogs should be socialized to help them learn to enjoy human interactions and be comfortable around people and other animals. The best time in a puppy’s life to work on socialization is between 3 and 14 weeks of age.
Dog owners planning to adopt a new puppy or dog can:
- Ask for a socialization plan that covers both pre- and post-adoption.
- Plan exposure for your new puppy to animals, people, environments, activities, and objects in your home, so your puppy has the chance to adjust gradually to his or her new life.
- Use praise, petting, play, and treats to encourage friendly engagement.
- Learn how to “read” your dog’s body language, and give your puppy space whenever he or she shows signs of being uncomfortable or stressed.
- Puppy socialization classes can help you learn specific tools for raising a puppy and give you the chance to expose your new pet to other people and dogs in a controlled, safe environment. Many veterinary offices offer socialization classes or can recommend classes.
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