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May 20-16 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, sponsored by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Each year, almost 5 million people are bitten by dogs, and children are the most common victims. As we all know, the majority of these bites are not the dogs’ fault. Instead, pet owners make bad choices, train their animals poorly, and don’t do enough to avoid situations in which dog bites may occur. On the other hand, those who are not pet owners need to educate themselves on how to approach dogs, how to react to their cues, and when to stay away.
Check out the AVMA’s Dog Bite Prevention page for lots of great information, a podcast on National Dog Bite Prevention Week, a list of helpful links, and more. Below is the AVMA’s video on avoiding dog bites in public places.