Animal Information

  1. Animal Bites
  2. Pets
  3. Wild Animals
  4. Hunting

Officer Ryan Rose and his K-9 Partner Chase want to provide some information on dog bites and some useful tips on animal bite prevention.

Police dog biting demonstrationAccording to the American Veterinary Medical Association and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, more than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, and more than 800,000 receive medical attention for dog bites.

Any dog can bite: big or small, male or female, young or old. Even the cuddliest, fuzziest, sweetest pet can bite if provoked. Remember, it is not a dog's breed that determines whether it will bite, but rather the dog's individual history and behavior.

Here are some helpful tips for animal bite prevention.

  • Dog owners should always use a leash when in public.
  • Don't approach a strange dog, especially on or near its territory.
  • Always ask a dog owner if it is okay to pet their dog. Never assume it is okay.
  • Try to avoid eye contact; some dogs will perceive it as a challenge and may react aggressively.
  • Don't run if threatened by a dog. Back away slowly. 
    • If a dog moves toward you, stop and wait before backing away again.
    • Use a large object to put between you and the dog, such as a bike or a garbage container.
    • If you cannot find an object to put between you and the dog, grab an object to allow the dog to bite, such as a coat or stick.
  • If you can't avoid an attack, and the dog puts you off your feet, roll into a ball and protect your head with clenched fists.
  • Don't leave young children unattended with dogs.
  • If your dog growls or snaps at friends or family members, it may be trying to establish dominance and may bite next time. See a veterinarian or other professional about correcting this behavior.
  • Use extreme caution when attempting to help an injured animal. If it is not your own, call the police for assistance.
  • Use caution when approaching animals that are eating or have a litter of puppies.
  • Don't try to pick up or handle strange cats, no matter how friendly they look.
  • Don't attempt to handle wild animals. Most will bite.
  • Report all animal bites and loose or aggressive dogs to the Inver Grove Heights Police by calling 911.