You can help prevent dog bite injuries in a number of ways. Whether or not you own a dog, consider implementing these safety tips:
First, teach kids “doggy etiquette,” including:
- Never run up to or pet a strange dog. Instead, stay still and let the dog come to you.
- Always ask permission from a dog’s owner before petting it. If the owner says no, listen!
- Hold out your hand and let the dog sniff it. Wait for the “okay” signs from the dog – these include smiling, panting, rubbing against your hand or leg, or play-bowing.
- If a dog gives “no” signs, do not pet it. These include a steady stare, a stiff body, or flattening the ears and looking from the corners of the eyes.
- Leave the dog alone when it is busy. Never bother a dog that is eating, sleeping, or caring for its puppies.
Next, if you plan to adopt a dog, plan ahead:
- Work with a local animal shelter or reputable breeder to choose a breed of dog whose needs and temperament mesh well with those of your family.
- Spend time with the dog before adopting it.
- Watch your family members. If they seem apprehensive around the dog, wait. A frightened family member can easily scare a dog into biting without meaning to do so.
- Get your new dog spayed or neutered, and avoid playing aggressive games.
- Make sure your new dog is trained and socialized properly.
If you or a family member suffers a dog bite due to the negligence of another party, please contact the personal injury attorneys at The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson for assistance with your injury claim.