May 15th through 21st is Dog Bite Prevention Week. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs each year. Dog Bites, and other dog-related injuries accounted for more than one-third of all homeowners insurance liability claims in 2014, according to The Insurance Information Institute (III). 

Even the most obedient dogs can bite when they become frightened or defensive over their food and toys. A majority of dog bites can be avoided with proper education. Be a responsible dog owner by taking the following steps as recommended by the Insurance Information Institute to reduce the risk of your dog biting someone:

  • Do your research to find a suitable dog breed for you and your family by consulting with a professional veterinarian or animal behaviorist. 
  • Children are the most common victims of dog bites. Do not leave infants or young children alone with any dog, and discourage children from disrupting a dog while they are sleeping or eating. 
  • Avoid eye contact and keep a safe distance away from dogs who appear to be threatening.
  • Practice caution when exposing your dog to new situations in which you are unsure of what their response may be.
  • If your dog develops aggressive and frightening behaviors, seek advice from your veterinarian or animal behaviorist. 
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Keeping your family and home safe and protected is job one at Florida Peninsula Insurance Company. We are one of Florida's largest homeowners insurance companies offering multi-peril policies covering homes, condos, and renters insurance. For more information, or to get a quote, please call 877-229-2244.