Dog Bite Prevention Program

"Be Smart, Be Safe"

According to The American Veterinary Medical Association: 

Dog bites pose a serious health risk to our communities and society. More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, and more than 800,000 receive medical attention for dog bites, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At least half of those bitten are children. Here are more dog bite facts:

Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention.

  • Children are the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.

  • Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.

Any dog can bite: big or small, male or female, young or old. Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pet can bite if provoked. Remember, it is not a dog's breed that determines whether it will bite, but rather the dog's individual history and behavior.  Most dog bites are preventable, and there are many things you can do at home and within your community to help prevent them.  https://www.avma.org/public/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention.aspx

 

Sadly, a dog who has bitten someone will most likely be brought to a shelter, euthanized or severely punished.  The good news is that with proper education, dog bites can be avoided. 

 

Be Smart, Be Safe utilizes the best components of The Humane Society of the United States and BC Humane Society dog bite prevention programs. 

We will learn: How to read a dog's mood in order to prevent getting bit; how to treat and train your dog in order to not get bit; how to protect yourself in unforeseen circumstances. 

 

You will leave with valuable information as well as written materials.

Our program is developed for children under the age of 18.  Parents are encouraged to attend.   

"This program was excellent. It taught me and my children things I had not even considered.  Thank you for a wonderful program. "                                                                                                              Carol Ann