Today is April Fools but dog bites are absolutely not something to joke about. When I talk about preventing dog bites, I do like to reassure people that most dogs never bite their human companions. HOWEVER, for those who are victims, the result is traumatic. A very large number of bites are preventable, so that’s the place to start.
April 10-16, 2022
Dog Bite Prevention Week
On Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at 10 a.m. Atlantic time. (ADT is UTC−03:00) we will be offering a FREE webinar on Dog Bite Prevention. (You can subscribe to get an email reminder by following the link at the bottom of this post.)
A lot of people mistakenly believe that only vicious dogs bite. That is a myth. The truth is that all dogs can bite, but some dogs will bite when they feel they have no other choice. That is why we say that many bites can be prevented.
According the to Canadian Animal Health Institute there is at least one dog living in 40+% of Canadian Households. Their surveys suggest there are nearly 8 million family dogs in Canada. The Canada Safety Council estimates there are 460,000 bites per year. We can get detailed information about dog bites by looking at data published by the Canadian Hospital Injury Reporting and Prevention Programme (CHIRPP), Public Health Agency of Canada.
This webinar will look at CHIRPP data to highlight who are the most common victims of a dog bite, when & where the bite happens, and, what are the circumstances surrounding those incidents. When we understand the situation which can lead to a dog bite, then we can better manage the environment so it doesn’t happen.
Likewise, we need to understand what will make the dog feel threatened, and then we can manage the environment to avoid those situations for the dog. Dogs are not robots. Dogs are intelligent and emotional creatures. We can prevent many unfortunate incidents when we understand how our actions make our dog feel. It is a myth that dogs are vicious. Most dogs don’t want to bite.
We will discuss the data, the reasons & circumstances, and the ways to prevent a dog bite. This is a webinar you won’t want to miss. Get reminders by subscribing below.