Dog Bite Statistics
The vast majority of bites are by pet dogs and happen when people are engaged in social behavior in appropriate places.
- Each year, dogs bite more than 4.5 million people in the U.S.
- Almost 1 in 5 bitten by dogs requires medical attention.
- Every year, more than 800,000 Americans receive medical attention for dog bites; at least half of them are children.
Children and Dog Bites
With more than 83 million dogs in the U.S., pets to 56.7 million households, dog bites occur every 75 seconds.
- Children are the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
- Dogs are much less likely to attack a child in the presence of an adult, particularly in the presence of the owner
- Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
- The odds that a dog bite victim will be a child are 3.2 to 1.
- Severe injuries from dog bites are highest for children ages 5 to 9 years.
- The age group with the second-highest amount of fatalities due to a dog attack are 2-year old children. Over 88% of these fatalities occurred when the 2-year old child was left unsupervised with a dog or the child wandered off to the location of the dog.
- The face (lips, nose and cheeks) of children under 10-years old are the most frequent target of a dog bite.
- A single dog bite prevention lesson incorporated into a regular school day has been shown to dramatically reduce high risk behaviors toward unfamiliar dogs in both very young and middle school children.
Did you know …
Most dog bites are on par with kitchen and playground accidents; however:
- Dogs can bite in 2/10ths of a second. Human reaction time is roughly 3/4ths of a second.
- Dogs can land roughly 25 bites in 4 to 5 seconds (variables are the size and age of the human verses size and age of the dog, experience or familiarity with the dog or dogs in general)
- A 35-pound dog could sheer off a human adult thumb with little to no effort, if they wanted
- A substantial dog of 35 pounds or larger could easily take, shake and ”rag doll” an adult human, even a 200 pound plus human, with ease, if they wanted
Other Dog Bite Facts
- Approximately 75% of dog bites occur on the victim’s property, and most victims know the dog responsible for the attack.
- Approximately 92% of fatal dog attacks involved male dogs.
- Approximately 25% of fatal dog attacks involved dogs that were chained.
- Approximately 71% of dog bites occur on the extremities – the arms, hands, legs and feet.
- Dog bites result in approximately 44,000 facial injuries each year.
Dog Safety Tips for Your Children
- Get permission from a dog’s owner before you pet it.
- Avoid dogs running loose or not with their owners.
- Do not reach through a fence to pet a dog.
- Do not bother a dog that is sleeping, eating, injured or sick.
- Leave a mother dog with her puppies alone; they are very protective of their babies.
- Do not distract service dogs while they are doing their jobs.
- Leave dogs that are barking or growling alone.
- Watch out for unfriendly warning signs: nose pulled back and wrinkled, lips drawn back, teeth bared, ears laid back, hair sticking up along its back.
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