Dogs are commonly our best and most loyal companions. However, if both the pet owners and surrounding persons are not aware of proper dog bite safety, dogs can also be the cause of severe injury. In fact, dogs bite 4.7 million people in the United States each year. Even worse, children are the most common victims of severe dog bites. As a result, it is imperative to be aware of how to safely own and be in close quarters to any type of dog.
Safety Tips for Dog Owners:
1. Neuter or spay your dog. Dogs who have not undergone these surgeries are 3 times more likely to bite.
2. Train your dog to be around other dogs and people from an early age. This will make them behave more comfortably in social situations.
3. Be the owner. Establish authority with your dog; remain in control of all times.
4. Seek professional help to train your dog if they continue to be unmanageable.
Ways to Prevent a Dog Bite Accident:
1. Never approach a dog you do not know, especially if the dog seems to be separated from its owner.
2. Dog that are either eating or sleeping should be left alone.
3. If given permission to pet a dog by the owner, allow the dog to see and sniff you prior to making contact.
4. Avoid eye contact with dogs.
5. If attacked, curl into a ball-like position, limit movement, and remain quiet and calm until the dog leaves.
6. “Give” the attacking dog your sweater, jacket, or another item to put in his mouth may create a safety blockade between yourself and the dog.
While dog bite accidents are a commonplace in the United States, being a safe owner and knowing the proper approaches of dog interaction can reduce this epidemic significantly. If you or your child has suffered from a dog bite accident, please call Larmoyeux & Bone today for a free consultation.