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The dog days of summer may be over, but social-distancing walkers continue to find themselves competing for coveted space with furry friends, large and small.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, dogs reside in approximately one in three U.S. households. For some, dog ownership may be unchartered territory. Not to mention there are liability implications as a dog owner. With help from Angela Speed, VP of Communications with the Wisconsin Humane Society, here are simple strategies to help protect loved ones (dogs included), and keep interactions between humans and dogs safe and positive.
Preventing Your Dog from Biting
Preventing a Dog from Biting You
If a Dog Bite Occurs
The vast majority of dog bites are from a dog known to a person. If your dog shows aggressive behavior, even if no injury results, seek professional help from a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB), veterinary behaviorist (Dip ACVB), or qualified Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT).
Requirements for reporting dog bites vary by municipality. Contact your local health department for guidelines on reporting animal bites and what information they require for reporting (animal info, owner info, rabies license #, etc.). Seek medical attention if needed or in case of an emergency, call 9-1-1.
For More Information
Advocacy groups, such as your local Humane Society and the American Kennel Club, are knowledgeable resources on dog bite prevention. Being educated on safe dog ownership, and having a strategy to operate in a dog-populated world, can help keep interactions positive and safe, and preserve their status as our furry best friends.
Terese A. Shelledy is a Senior Risk Consultant & Technical Specialist with Chubb’s Risk Consulting Group.
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