Global Campaign to Reduce Dog Bite Claims Hits the UK
On 16 May 2010, Dog Bite Prevention Week was launched, representing a sign of the increase in dog attacks and, naturally, an accompanying rise in dog bite claims.
The 16th – 22nd of May 2010 saw the launch of Dog Bite Prevention Week – a worldwide campaign to reduce the number of dog bites through education and training. The annual campaign was founded several years ago by the postal service following a 20% rise in dog attacks against postal workers.
Backed by Animal Charities and Dog Behavioural Therapists across the globe, Dog Bite Prevention week aims to help dog owners better understand their pets and the common reasons why a dog might lash out.
The Statistics Behind Dog Bite Claims
* Dog attacks have increased by 60% in 10 years – in the UK alone.
* Children are over 3 times more likely to suffer an attack than adults.
* Boys are more likely to be bitten than girls.
* Children are most commonly injured on the face.
* 90% of hospital admissions for child dog bite injuries were treated as emergencies.
Preventing Dog attack
Start Young – Many behavioural problems begin when dogs are very young puppies. Because puppies are seen as ‘cute’ – they are often allowed to ‘get away’ with behaviours that would be unnaccaptable or dangerous in an adult dog. By not stamping out bad habits in puppies, many dog owners risk raising an antisocial dog that doesn’t understand who’s in charge.
Learn to Speak Dog
Many dog bite claims occur as result of a misunderstanding. Dogs are a different species to humans, and are startled by colours and movements that wouldn’t distress us. By leatrning about your dog, and what affects their behaviour, it is possible to reduce the triggers of an attack.
Be a Strong Pack Leader
Dogs are pack animals, and they are programmed to respect human authority. If they are not obedient, then don’t blame the dog! Look at your leadership and handling skills.
Are you being consistant in your orders? Are you calm, and assertive? If dogs are getting mixed messages, or are being given weak commands – it is hard for them to understand correct behaviour.
By treating your dog with a firm kindness, you will help them avoid the negative behaviour that could cause them to attack, leaving you faced with dog bite claims, or worse, a serious injury to you or family.