By: Rebecca Rose, In Clover founder and product developer

I don’t usually read the MUST READ emails but the one in today’s inbox caught my eye.  So I opened it.  It started with a warning for all owners of dogs that belong to a “dangerous breed” category.  It went on to say not to leave your dog with a small child unattended under any circumstances, not even for a moment.  The email then scrolled down to a picture of a 3-year-old boy in his pajamas drawing a mural on a very complacent and highly decorated white, red, blue and orange pit bull.  The warning was from the dog.

I was at a vet conference last week where I had the opportunity to learn more about responsible pet ownership in general and dog bites in particular from the Coalition for Living Safely with Dogs.  A well-researched, quantitative survey of Colorado Animal Control Officers found the following points:

  1. Most Dogs Do Not Bite, less than 1/3 of 1% of dogs were reported for biting.
  2. Many Different Types of Dogs were Involved Reported Bite Incidents, 129 different breeds of dogs were reported to have bitten a human in the one year study.
  3. Many Bites Were Not the Result of Aggression, But Occurred When the Human Intervened Between Fighting or Play Between Dogs.
  4. Children (14 and under) Were Bitten Disproportionately to Their Population, nine-and ten-year-old boys were the most common victims.

Let’s all be better informed about being responsible guardians to our dogs.  Go to livingsafelywithdogs.org for the complete survey findings.