We hope that you will use this site to learn more about the problem of dogs biting children. Our desire is to provide information and resources to teach children, parents, teachers and dog owners how to help children avoid bites while at the same time enjoying safe relationships with dogs. We invite you to provide us with additional information or resources to improve this site. If you have children, please direct them to our "Kids" section and allow them to discover good "doggie manners" while having lots of fun.
Dog bites are the second most costly public health problem in the United States, exceeded only by sexually transmitted diseases. In fact, quantitative studies have revealed that of all reported animal bites, dogs are responsible for the majority. Every year in the United States, approximately 4.5 million people are bitten by a dog. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention in Atlanta estimate that of 4.5 million bites that occurred in 1994, almost 800,000 of those bites were serious enough to require medical attention, and half of them were to children under 18. Injury rates were highest among children aged 5-9 years. In some cases, the injuries caused by dog bites are debilitating or even fatal; approximately 15-20 people die annually as a result of a dog bite.