Dog Bite Prevention Week Has Zero to do with Breed


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Heather Paul

I speak here on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio program with Heather Paul, spokesperson for State Farm Insurance about topics related to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Dog Bite Prevention Week, which will be kicked off with a free Facebook Live event at noon CT on Monday, April 12.

Paul explains State Farm is in a minority of insurance companies that bases what they determine for homeowners insurance not on the breed you have but instead on the individual dog you have. She explains, for starters, the breed is often misidentified. And besides, there’s no proof anywhere that inherently a specific breed is more dangerous.

Paul notes that most dog bites can be prevented, and she explains dogs are communicating with us all the time but too often we either don’t notice or don’t understand.  So many times, there simply isn’t adult supervision – which might have likely prevented a bite. Children consists of over 50 percent of dog bite victims.

Monday April 12 at Noon CT, a free Facebook live event – which you can watch and/or partake. I am moderating a panel, which includes Paul, Dr. Douglas Kratt, president American Veterinary Medical Association;  veterinary behaviorist Dr. Melissa Bain, professor of Clinical Animal Behavior at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Lisa Staubus, Rescue Veterinarian American Humane Association; Janet Ruiz, director of strategic communications Insurance Institute and Victoria Stilwell, dog trainer and former host It’s Me or the Dog of Animal Planet.