Everyone is familiar with the story of the dog biting the mail carrier, and it certainly does happen. In fact, nationwide 5,879 postal employees were attacked by dogs last year. However, that numbers pales in comparison the the 4.7 million Americans who are victims ofdog bites each year. This subject may be of interest to Wisconsin readers because the issue of dogs bites is of nationwide concern.
Most pets are trusted members of the family. However, any animal that is provoked can potentially bite someone. Some things to do to avoid attacks include never leaving a small child on their own with a dog, don't make eye contact if a dog threatens you, slowly back away from a threatening dog, and never approach a dog you're not familiar with. It is also a good idea to allow a dog to sniff a hand before petting begins. It is also recommended that children never put their faces near a dog's jaw. Even the friendliest of dogs may bite if they feel startled.