There has been quite a bit of bad press lately for dogs, as a string of dogs biting children have appeared on the internet. The most recent of which is the viral video about Tara, the "hero cat" saving a young boy from a dog attack by the neighbor's loose dog. However, these recent stories and videos are just the tip of the iceberg.
The Center for Disease Control estimates that 4.5 million dog bites occur each year and 50% of which occur to children under 12. Of course, the dogs are to blame, but also the children should know better about impeding on a dog's territory when they are eating, chewing a bone or sleeping. Dogs are animals and have a certain set of instincts, it is not up to humans to break these instincts, but rather educate themselves on dog behavior and body language to avoid them.
In a collaboration between dog advocate group Camp Bow Wow and their sister association Behavior Buddies, May 18th through the 24th has been deemed Dog Bite Prevention Week. On Tuesday, May 20th at 7 pm. EST/4 p.m. PST the groups will host a free webinar about dog bite prevention. The webinar will educate viewers, including children, on how to properly interact with dogs as well as read their body language to avoid and prevent bites. The webinar will also have a live chat in which questions will be answered by participating members of the group. These groups want to stress that neither breed nor size determines which dogs will bite. Any dog can bite and only education will prevent it. However, dogs that are neglected, mistreated or badly socialized are more prone to sudden and violent attacks. In order to prevent these victims of circumstances, parents should take note and report animal abuse to the proper authorities before any outburst can occur as well as prevent unnecessary cruelty to the dog.