Human-Animal Bond - Dog Bite Prevention

Dog Bite Prevention

The Blue Dog...Parent Guide and CD

The Blue Dog Parent Guide and CD is designed to help parents and children safely interact with dogs both inside and outside their home. Targeted and tested for children from 3 to 6 years old, it is intended as a tool to be incorporated as part of a more comprehensive bite injury prevention program.

Bilingual Dog Bite Prevention activity/coloring book

Teach children about different ways to avoid dog bites, by educating them on how, or if, they should approach a dog. A creative tool for use all year, including during Dog Bite Prevention week in May.

Breed-Specific Approaches
Breeds of dogs involved in fatal human attacks in the United States between 1979 and 1998 (PDF)

The purposes of this study, printed in the September 15, 2000 issue of the JAVMA, were to summarize breeds associated with reported human dog bite-related fatalities during a 20-year period and assess policy implications. Breed-specific approaches to dog bite prevention were found to be problematic in concept as well as in implementation, while many practical alternatives exist and hold promise for prevention of dog bites.

Community Approach
A community approach to dog bite prevention (PDF)

Created by the AVMA Task Force on Canine Aggression and Human-Canine Interactions, this report, printed in the June 1, 2001 issue of the JAVMA, is intended to help leaders find effective ways to address their communities' dog bite concerns.

Summary notes, adapted from "A community approach to dog bite prevention." (PDF)

Legislation
Dangerous animal legislation, AVMA policy on