Every year in the United States, an estimated 800,000 Americans seek medical care for dog bites. Over half of these injuries are to children between five and nine years old. The outcome for those children who are bitten could be a lifetime of anxiety around animals—or permanent disfigurement. The outcome for the dog that bites a child is often death by euthanasia, chosen by the owners or mandated by the law.
The saddest phone call I ever received in many years of dog training and dog-owner counseling was from a mother whose four-year-old son had just had his lower lip bitten [...]