AVMA offers expert tips to reduce dog bites…no matter where your hometown ranks

National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 19-25) is a perfect time to remind everyone that while there are more than 70 million nice dogs in America, any dog can bite.

And in some cities and states, this message is even more important … because, unfortunately, they rank high as locales in which people get bitten most often.

"During National Dog Bite Prevention Week especially, the AVMA reminds people that, while any dog can bite, most dog bites are preventable through proper training and restraint of dogs, and an understanding of canine behavior. Understanding how dogs behave and how to behave around dogs could save countless people from the serious physical and emotional consequences of a dog bite," explains Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, president of the AVMA. "Dogs are wonderful, intelligent and loyal creatures, but they depend on responsible owners to teach them how to behave around people. Dog owners should work with their veterinarian to reduce the risk that their dog might bite."