According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year and about 885,000 of these injuries require medical attention. If fact, dog bites account for approximately one-third of all homeowner’s insurance liability claim dollars paid out each year.
No matter how laid back or easygoing your dog is, there are a few wise steps to take that can minimize your risks:
- Spay or neuter your dog to reduce its desire to roam and become aggressive with other dogs and humans.
- Help your dog become comfortable around various situations and people so that it will not be nervous in new experiences.
- Accompany your dog to training courses. This will help them learn how to respect humans and the rules you establish in your home - the owner being there during the learning process will be greatly beneficial for their understanding.
- Teach your dog to act properly at all times. When the dog exhibits signs of aggression, even in a playful manner, put a stop to it. Your pet does not understand the difference between playtime and a real life attacking situation.
- Provide your dog with regular veterinary care, vaccinations and licensing.
- Do not bring your dog into social situations if you are unsure how it will react. This will reduce the possibility of something going wrong.
If you have any questions about how to keep your family's prized pooch safe, please don't hesitate to give us a call at (703) 683-6601