Each year, over 4.7 million personal injuries due to dog bites are reported, according to an estimate by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Countless more are never reported.

Up to five percent of visits to hospital emergency rooms are by dog bite victims. The most commonly reported public health problem for children in the U.S. are dog bites.

You may believe that your dog will not add to these numbers, and that is probably correct. However, if someone is attacked or bitten by your dog, you could be held liable for the pain, suffering, and medical expenses incurred by the victim.

Three suggestions to help prevent your dog from attacking are to teach it appropriate behavior, be a responsible owner and not allow it to roam, and have it become accustomed to various situations.

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