Reports zero major incidents of dog bites in over 160 shows over a 9 year period; educates over 1 million attendees about dog bite prevention and socializing your pet properly.
(St. Louis, MO) – April 7, 2017 – With an estimated population of 70 million dogs living in U.S. households, millions of people, including a high percentage of children are bit each year. However, that is not the case when speaking specifically about Amazing Pet Expos, which take place in 26 cities across the country annually. Over a nine year period, producing more than 160 shows producers are pleased to report that zero major incidences of dog bites have occurred, despite attendees bringing their furry and four legged friends along for the fun.
“Dog bite prevention is a very important educational aspect of our expos, says Ethan Barnett, Vice President of Events for Amazing Pet Expos. In each city we host seminars that teach attendees about dog body language, dog bite prevention and also the proper way to greet a dog. Because we allow pets to attend our events socialization techniques are also a key component to prevention.”
Amazing Pet Expos partners with various licensed professionals across the country to present “Pet Safety Starts With the Greeting: Preventing Dog (or Any Pet!) Bites ©” Each thirty minute session takes place on the Main Stage and is open to any and all attendees. This presentation also reflects the Be a Tree Program, the flagship bite prevention program from Doggone Safe ®, as various representatives of the Be a Tree program have participated at an Amazing Pet Expo over the years. With over one million attendees over a 9 year period the overall goal is to help reduce the number of bites annually. Statistics indicate that nearly 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year with the highest number of incidences reported among children. Mail carriers also reported a spike in dog bites this year.
“The vast majority of these bites are preventable. The fact is, any dog can bite, even the friendliest, if provoked, says Barnett. Our goal is to make an impact and to create change in each pet community for the better. Specifically, this presentation could directly help prevent children from being bitten and teach them how to safely engage with their pets and others. It’s not exclusively for children however, and we highly encourage that everyone who attends our expos will stop to listen and learn from trained professionals across the country.”
In addition to the seminars, the Amazing Pet Expo social media team posts tips on social media to help promote dog bite prevention and proper greetings in order to prevent any incidences at their expos. In total, the social media reach for the company is over 100,000 active followers via Facebook, where producers post tips for attending the expos. The social media tips are aimed at attendees and were borrowed from Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, a pioneer in the field of animal behavior studies.
National Dog Bite Prevention Week takes place beginning on Sunday, April 9 and runs through Saturday, April 15. For more information about National Dog Bite Prevention Week visit the American Veterinary Medical Association website https://www.avma.org/Events/pethealth/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention-Week.aspx .