National Dog Bite Prevention Week®: Social Media Tips

Share facts from our dog bite prevention page on your social media profiles to help educate clients and others about dog bite prevention. We have podcasts, videos, public-friendly articles, and more. We even have NDBPW widgets for you to share on your website!

Ideas for social media content:

  • Ask your followers to share what they do to prevent dog bites.
  • Find out statistics for your area on dog bite prevention -- how many people in your town/city/state are bitten by dogs every year?
  • Share simple tips for preventing dog bites.
  • Share information on what to do if bitten, or if their dog bites someone.
  • Share information about how to recognize and avoid risky situations with dogs and what people can do to educate themselves about dog bite risk and prevention.

On Facebook and Google+:

Although Facebook and G+ posts are less limited in character length than tweets, brevity is appreciated by your audience. Photos are emphasized more so than regular status updates, so try to utilize photos when appropriate.

Ask open-ended questions or triva-type questions to get comments and responses from your followers. Photos often get more likes and shares, so consider combining the two to get the most impact.

Sample Facebook posts

  • Post a photo of a friendly-looking dog and emphasize that ANY dog can bite, even familiar dogs.
  • Any dog can bite if provoked. They can bite as a reaction to something, if they’re startled, are scared, aren’t feeling well, or are in engaged in play. Socialization and education are keys to dog bite prevention.  Find out more about why dogs bite and what you can do to prevent dog bites in this AVMA article:
  • AVMA offers many resources on dog bite prevention. The dog bite prevention page includes articles, a podcast, a video, useful links, and tips.
  • Responsible pet ownership builds a solid foundation for dog bite prevention. The AVMA offers some basics on preventing dog bites and being a responsible dog owner.

On Twitter:

Dog bite prevention facts from our page can easily fit in 140 characters and are effective at communicating the importance of dog bite prevention. Use the hashtag #preventdogbites in your tweets.

Sample tweets

  • Most dog bites affecting kids occur during everyday activities & while interacting w/familiar dogs. #preventdogbites
  • What should you know about dog bites? Check out AVMA’s brochure for tips, facts, more: #preventdogbites
  • AVMA’s dog bite prevention resources include articles, podcast, video, useful links and tips #preventdogbites
  • Responsible pet ownership builds a solid foundation for dog bite prevention #preventdogbites
  • Big or small, male or female, young or old, any dog can bite if provoked #preventdogbites