Dog Bite Awareness and Prevention

SPECIAL THANKS to Kelley Bollen, MS, CABC of Animal Alliances  for inspiring us to provide these resources to help prevent dog bites.

Any dog with teeth can bite and cause serious harm. By having a better understanding of dog behavior, we can make our communities safer, free up resources in our animal shelters, and save more dogs’ lives.

Dog Body Language

Dogs don’t usually bite without warning or provocation. If you know what to look for, you can tell how a dog is feeling by paying attention to their eyes, ears, mouth, tail and posture. Watch this video for more information:

Dog Bite Prevention Resources

American College of Veterinary Behaviorists’ mission is to advance the behavioral health of animals through the certification of veterinary behavior specialists and the provision of science-based education.

American Humane is committed to ensuring safety, welfare and well-being of animals.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was the first humane society to be established in North America and is, today, one of the largest in the world.

American Veterinarian Medical Association represents more than 91,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia, and uniformed services.

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association is the national and international voice for Canada’s veterinarians, providing leadership and advocacy for veterinary medicine.

Dr. Sophia Yin was a Veterinarian, Animal Behaviorist, Author, and internationally renowned expert on Low Stress Handling™. Her “pet-friendly” techniques for animal handling and behavior modification, many of which she developed herself through the scientific method of research and rigorous testing, are shaping the new standard of care for Veterinarians, Petcare and other Companion and Farm Animal professionals. She passed away in 2014 but her work and legacy live on.

Doggone Safe promotes education initiatives for the purpose of dog bite prevention and increased safety around dogs and to provide support for dog bite victims.

Dogster describes Whale Eyes in Dogs — What It Means When the Whites of Your Dog’s Eyes Show.

National Canine Research Library is a canine behavior science and policy think tank. Their mission is to underwrite, conduct and disseminate academically rigorous research that studies dogs in the context of human society.

Stop the 77 says 77% of dog bites come from the family dog or a friend’s dog. That means these aren’t crazy, stray, vicious dogs – they are OUR pet dogs!

Myths about Dog Bites and Breed Specific Legislation

Banning certain breeds or types of dog does not prevent dog bites or keep communities safer.

Colleen Lynn of and Merritt Clifton of are NOT credible or reliable sources on dog bite statistics, dog breeds, or dog behavior. Read more:

The REAL Dog Bite Statistics Plus Media, Myths & Colleen Lynn Exposed

Colleen Lynn – Seattle Animal Control Records

The Academic Impostor Behind the Pit Bull Hysteria

“Dangerous breeds,” dog bite statistics, and the Merritt Clifton report