National Dog Bite Prevention Week: Vets, behavior experts out with safety tips to socialize your dog post-pandemic

Animals and Wildlife

Conn. (WTNH) — This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week and there’s a new focus this year. After a year at home for many, experts worry about the transition back into normal life with dogs. 

However, despite being home an insurance report shows the number of dog bites dropped. In 2019 there were 17,800 reported dog bites and in 2020, that number dropped to 16,990. 

During this year’s National Dog Bite Prevention week, experts came together to talk about the mental state of our dogs. Heather Paul is a public affairs specialist at State Farm and on the board who spoke Monday. She says, “because everybody was at home, we were going into lockdown, there was a lot of anxiety in the house and our dogs picked up on that.” 

Experts from the National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition want people to keep in mind the three most important things as a dog owner, education, training and responsibility. 

They say when transitioning your dog back to normalcy you want to practice independence training. They say go out and run errands, try to do things without your dog to give them time home alone. It will allow them to practice separation. 

The other major key when transitioning out of pandemic quarantining with your pets, socialization. Experts encourage dog owners to take them in the car, on different walks and try to increase their exposure to new sights, sounds and smells. 

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