The Knox County schools have distributed DVDs about preventing dog bites to first-graders and their parents.
Almost 5,000 of the videos were distributed, all funded by donations.
University of Tennessee veterinary medicine Professor Michael Sims said Knox County has a high incidence of reported dog bites.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reported data from the Centers for Disease Control show the highest rate of dog bite injuries is among children 5 to 9 years old.
Sims said the vast majority of dog bites could be prevented by understanding that dogs don’t react like humans do.
Pet Safe Village and plastic surgeon Dr. Tom Gallaher funded the distribution of the DVDs.
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