This week has been designated as Dog Bite Prevention Week, with the aim of making people more aware of how they can keep themselves from getting bitten and how they can reduce the chance their dog will bite someone. Here are some tips from the American Veterinary Medicine Association:
Socialization is a good way to help prevent your dog from biting. Socializing your pet helps your dog feel at ease in different situations. By introducing your dog to people and other animals while it’s a puppy, it feels more comfortable in different situations as it gets older. It’s also important to use a leash in public to make sure that you are able to control your dog. Continue reading Dog Bite Prevention Week→
From an article in Psychology Today: Because dog bites account for up to one-third of the claims paid out by home insurers, they may be sensitive to the type of dog you have in your homeThey can refuse to provide you with a policy, exclude dog bite coverage, or charge higher rates if you own dogs they deem too likely to bite. Continue reading Dogs Blacklisted by Insurance Companies→
Today starts National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 20 – 26). There are as many as 4.7 million people each year who get bitten by a dog in the United States, with the most common victim being under the age of 12. Most often, a child is bitten by a dog he or she knows – either their own pet or that of a neighbor. Senior citizens are also commonly injured by dog bites. Continue reading Dog Bite Prevention Week 2012→
Dog bites account for about one-third of all homeowner’s insurance claims, and each claim pays out, on average, over $25,000. No wonder some smaller insurance companies are trying to mitigate the risk by refusing to cover homeowners who own breeds that frequently bite.
Last week was national dog bite prevention week, but these stats got to me a little late. According to the US Postal Service, their carriers were bitten 5, 669 times in 2010. Here are the top ten cities, along with the number of attacks sustained in each.