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Dog Bites part 1

The CDC says that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year with about 1 out of 5 requiring medical treatment. I know I’ve been part of those statistics in the past having been bit twice at work. Dog bites at their mildest are painful, dog bites at their worse can cause disfigurement and even death.

When you hear about dog bites through the media, you might get the idea that most people don’t know the dog that bites them. In fact, most people are bitten  by a dog they own or that is owned by a friend. So why do dog bites occur? Is it something the person does, something the dog does or both? In an article by the AVMA – “A community approach to dog bite prevention” they give 5 factors that determine if a dog will bite- heredity, early experience, later socialization and training, health and how the victim behaves.

Is there something that can be done to prevent a bite from happening? We’ll discuss somethings you can do to reduce the chance of your dog biting and provide tips to help avoid getting bit in Part 2 and 3.

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