National Dog Bite Prevention Week is May 17–23. This is a week designated by the United States Postal Service to create awareness for the most commonly reported public health problem, dog bites.
The week is designed to inform and educate the public about dog bites and dog-bite prevention. Guardian responsibility is important when it comes to dog bites because pet parents need to teach the dog what is acceptable behavior and what is not.
The Humane Society of the United States offers these tips on how to prevent your dog from biting: spay or neuter the dog, socialize the dog, train the dog, make sure the dog knows what is acceptable and what is not, and if you are not certain how a dog will react to someone, be extremely cautious.
The American Veterinary Medical Association reports that children, the elderly, and home service professionals are most likely to be bitten by a dog.
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