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Recognizing A Dog’s Body Language Is Key To Bite Prevention

Dog owners have immense responsibility, especially with respect to the the safety of other pedestrians and animals when they take their pets outside on a walk or run. Here are some important statistics to know:

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – a government agency dedicated to public health – estimates 4.5 million dog bites occur each year.
  • The Insurance Information Institute – a research organization focused on insurance trends – found dog-related injuries – notably bites – accounted for more than 33 percent of all homeowner liability insurance claims in 2014, amounting to $530 million total.
  • In a separate study, the III found the average cost per incident rose 16 percent between 2014 and 2015 to a total of $37,214.

Clearly, the need for better education and dog bite prevention is widespread in the United States.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the ways in which you can help ensure you do not face a potentially costly lawsuit as a result of your dog biting another animal or person:

  • Body language: This is the real key to bite prevention. Knowing a dog’s mannerisms and movements will give you an edge should the pet turn aggressive. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals – a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting animals and educating pet owners – suggests owners be on the lookout for moments when dogs try to make themselves “look bigger,” bark, growl, stiffen up or show teeth.
  • Be smart: Children are inherently more at risk for being bitten. The ASPCA recommends not allowing children near dogs when the animals sleep, eat, play with toys or are in close proximity to their puppies.
  • Train and socialize: Professional dog training and efforts to socialize the canines with other pets and people are extremely effective, proactive prevention methods.
Protect your pet - and your finances - by preventing bites. Protect your pet – and your finances – by preventing bites.

Prevention is the best way to go, but owners must also respect the fact that their dogs are indeed animals. Subsequently, they represent a legitimate liability. Call us today to ensure you are covered with adequate liability protection in the event your dog bites someone or another animal.