|Any dog can bite when provoked|
There is a lot of misinformation regarding dog bites and it’s important to remember some simple facts when it comes to dogs. 99% of dogs are not born aggressive. It is up to their owners to ensure their safety as well as the safety of those around them. That is why the American Veterinary Medical Association has teamed up with a coalition including the United States Postal Service, State Farm, and the Insurance Information Institute to promote awareness about dog bites.
“Dogs may bite for a number of reasons — they may be in pain or afraid, they may be sick or simply protecting something they love,” says Doctor Jose Arce from the AVMA. “It is vital for you to learn a dog’s body language to know when they want to interact and when they need to be given their own space. Everyone, even our dogs, deserves their own space when they need it. The most important thing to keep in mind is that dog bites are preventable.”
Here are some tips to keep in mind before interacting with a dog: