Despite a lot of research about dog bites over the past three decades, dogs still bite the humans they “live” with. There are many factors that contribute to why these dog-related incidents occur, but they are not the same for everyone, every time frame, nor every location.

There is a lot of information in scientific journals as well as on the internet, but wading through all of this is time consuming. An extensive scoping review was conducted to attempt to assess evidence for risks for dog bites, health-related impacts of dog bites and dog bite prevention or dog population management effects on occurrence of dog bites.

This website will be used as a method for disseminating the vast amount of information collected.


Community dog workbook

A common question from communities wanting to deal with dog-related issues is “where do we start?”

This is a complex question, and the answer is not the same for everyone.

If you are having problems with dogs in your community, this workbook will give you some ideas and help you develop a plan. The advice in the Community Dog Workbook comes from years of experience and discussions with many communities struggling with dog populations or dog-related issues.

Download a copy of the Community Dog Workbook.


Dog-related research studies

Many communities in Canada struggle with issues related to dog population management and its effects on human health and safety as well as on animal health and safety.

A stumbling block to understanding how to approach these struggles is that there is no clear definition of the people, places and issues that make up this complex situation within Canadian communities. People within veterinary circles regularly use the term “underserved” without a clear definition of what that means nor how it manifests.

Current research will focus on identifying the veterinary-related geographical and service gaps experienced by diverse groups that exist in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. If the geographical and service gaps are as vast as expected, creative innovation within the veterinary community will be required to respond to community needs in order to optimize the health and welfare of companion animals living in the "underserved" areas.


For more information, contact:

Dr. Tasha Epp
Associate Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
Western College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Saskatchewan