Even the friendliest dog can turn aggressive in certain situations and attack. According to ASPCA, half of all children sustain dog bites by the time they turn 12 years old. Taking certain precautions may help reduce the risk of dog attacks and keep children or others safe around dogs.
Safety Tips to Prevent Dog Bites
Here are some tips that all people – especially children – should follow when around other dogs, especially those they don’t know very well:
- Don’t tease dogs on the opposite side of a fence. This can get the dog agitated and aggressive.
- Avoid dogs that are chained up. These dogs may be more likely to bite.
- Don’t run from a loose dog. Instead, stay still until the dog leaves.
- Don’t pet unknown dogs without asking the owner first. Not all dogs are friendly, so get the owner’s permission first.
- Avoid petting dogs while they eat, sleep or play with a toy. Dogs may be more aggressive or defensive during these times.
- Stay away from female dogs that are nursing puppies or seem uneasy when people are around them. Their duty is to protect the puppies from predators.
- Avoid dogs that bark or growl. Their next step may be to attack and bite.
- Don’t bother dogs that appear to want time alone. Dogs are normally good at letting humans know when they want to play.
- Don’t attempt to pet service dogs. They are working dogs whose purpose is to serve their owner and therefore shouldn’t be bothered.
Help from a Personal Injury Lawyer in New York
Dog bites can cause serious injuries, including disfigurement, scarring and infection. Even death can occur in extreme cases. Dog bite victims have legal rights. Contact personal injury lawyers from Gacovino, Lake & Associates in Long Island. They will determine liability and seek appropriate compensation. Call us for a free consultation at (800) 246-4878.