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As Dog Bite Lawsuits Rise, Trainers Offer Tips for Pets & People

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More people are seeking damages from insurance companies because of dog incidents. In Florida, 68 people filed insurance claims saying a dog had injured them,  that’s up from 58 the previous year, totaling more than $2.8 million in claims. 

Monday at 1:30 p.m., Michel Brower with State Farm Insurance discusses liabilities when it comes to dog bites or other injuries at home and in public.
 

Also joining the program is Alexis Foreman from Sit Means Sit dog training in Bonita Springs. She'll have Skye with her, a dog who was once so aggressive she had to wear a muzzle in public, but now after intensive training is about to be certified as a therapy dog. She'll explain the benefits of training not only dogs, but also people, on how to approach unknown pets and avoid painful, and costly, bites.

Matthew Smith is a reporter and producer of WGCU’s Gulf Coast Live.