Every year more than 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs with 800,000 of these bites serious enough to require people to seek medical care, according to American Humane.

Any dog can bite. Active supervision, proper socialization and learning how to read a dog's body language are the keys to reducing bites, the National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition advises.

To bring recognition to the cost and danger of dog bites, the American Veterinary Medical Association's (AVMA's) National Dog Bite Prevention Week is April 7-13, 2019.

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