Dog Bite Prevention – Statistics and What You Can Do


May 17 to 23 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week, and we put together this infographic with statistics on dog bites in the United States.

Dog Bite Prevention

You’ll notice that some of the reasons dogs bite include fear or pain, resource guarding or re-directing their aggression.

A couple of things you can do to help prevent dog bites include educating yourself on dog behavior and learning their nonverbal cues for potential aggression. You can also help by teaching children about respecting dogs and how to read their behavior.

Finally, it’s important to support breed-neutral safety laws and to educate dog owners in general about the importance of proper training and exercise for all dogs. For more, see our post on tips for preventing dog bites.

Dog Bite Statistics

About 1.5% of the population is bitten by dogs each year and children are the most common victims. There were 41 dog bite fatalities in 2014. These occur because no one was present to help the victim, the victims physical ability was compromised, or the dog was abused or neglected.

Dog Bite Prevention Infographic

What tips do you have for preventing dog bites?

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  1. We’ve owned three Boxers. Our current Boxer (6 months) is at that fun biting stage. We have found with all of them that by holding the mouth closed and saying “no bite” each and every time they attempt to bite, will gradually stop them. The same with licking in the face. Do the same thing and say “no lick”. It’s a win-win.

    • Yes, that has worked for my dogs as well when they are puppies and just learning. I say “no” and then walk away and ignore them for about 30 seconds or so. If you bite me, you don’t get any attention! 🙂 I’ve also put my hand on their mouths, like you said.

      • I do not use any force at all when training my dogs and think it kinder to convey what I want with only kindness, after all, how do they know what we strange humans want from them, when they are a totally different species.

        In my view kind training creates trust and that is priceless.

        If a young dog tries to play bite, far kinder to make a loud squeal (as their siblings would) ignore, without eye contact or movement for about 30 seconds, they soon get the message and that way I have not hurt them.

  2. I’ve found this blog very interesting as I’ve had dogs all my life. Recently (three weeks ago) I had a horrific event happen when my neighbor’s pit bull got out of the house while I was walking my two dogs as I do everyday, he attacked my Lola (9lb Yorkie) and killed her. I’m devastated and terrified. This dog remains in our neighborhood pending an investigation and hearing from animal control. What terrifies me still is that the owner tells us that this dog has never shown aggression to anyone or any animal. They have small dogs in their home. They had no warning signs that he would ever act this way. I don’t know if they regularly walk him. They are very nice people, I don’t feel that he was being abused, but the fact that he is so dangerous terrifies me. I guess sharing this is helping me heal. Thank you.


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