If your business deals with even 1 of the estimated 83 million dogs here in the USA, then the better question is why wouldn’t you be concerned? I don’t know about you but that is a lot of dogs to encounter when going about your daily routines and routes. Out of the estimated 83 million dogs there are about 885,000 bites per year! Still not convinced there is a need for dog bite safety (DBS)? How about this? Each year in America you stand a 1 in 50 chance of being bitten. What those numbers should say to you is education and knowledge on DBS is key. Having employees know what cues a dog may provide before an attack are paramount. It can reduce the risk of bites, boost employee moral causing each employee to be more confident in their job because they know how to handle themselves.
Employees will face dogs but with DBS training they will have the knowledge to address problems when they arise. They will assess each situation and know they are more likely to be bitten if the owner is present. Employees can then use their finesse skills to have the owner remove the dog and reduce the chance of being bitten. DBS training will teach them how to better protect themselves if an attack is eminent. All of these situations and many more can occur and training is crucial when dealing with the many dogs they will encounter. Still questioning if DBS training is truly a need for your business? Let me leave you with this fact to ponder…of the 885,000 dog bites per year 1 in 5 result in a serious injury that needs medical attention!
Written by Ashley Klawitter & Mitzi Robinson