“Man’s best friend” doesn’t always live up to their
billing. Every year more than four million dog bites occur in the United
States, and about 20% of them become infected, resulting in serious medical
complications and extensive treatment. Many bites also lead to potentially
lifelong psychological damage, which could be devastating for young children
This makes prevention of dog bites a top priority for both pet owners and
those who come into dogs, particularly unfamiliar dogs. On this blog,
we explore four ways in which you can prevent a dog bite injury.
Respect a Dog’s Space
People tend to get uneasy and sometimes even quite aggressive if someone
they don’t know enters their personal space. So it stands to reason
a dog does as well. Whenever you are approaching or are being approached
by an unfamiliar dog, always be sure to give them plenty of space. This
is particularly true when they are sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy,
or caring for puppies. Dogs become territorial quickly, and any perceived
attempt to take away something they deem as theirs can be seen as aggression.
Recognize the Body Language
Dogs give off a number of signals and indicators as to their emotional
state, and recognizing some of the tell-tale signs of aggression could
be the difference between being attacked and avoiding an incident. Signs
can include a tensed body, stiff tail, intense stares, barring of teeth,
growling, and plenty of others. If you come into contact with a dog that
is demonstrating any of these signs, move away from them slowly without
turning your back, as for many dogs their first instinct is to chase.
Monitor Your Children Closely
Kids are the most common victim of dog bites. Many children don’t
know or are unable to recognize the signs of a dog that is nervous or
aggressive, and as a result are attacked by overstepping the dog’s
tolerance. From a very young age, always teach your children to
never pet a strange dog without owner permission. If a dog threatens them, teach them to stand very still until the dog
loses interest. If they get knocked over, they should immediately curl
up in a ball and protect their ears and neck with their arms.
If you or a loved one has been bit and seriously injured by a dog, seek
medical attention immediately and then call an Altoona injury lawyer. At
Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith, we have strived to help clients with their legal needs through exceptional
client service and detailed legal knowledge since our firm was established
more than 100 years ago. We understand the importance of having peace
of mind after a dog bite injury, which is why we fight diligently to preserve
your best interests.
To schedule an
initial consultation, call Goldstein, Heslop, Steele, Clapper, Oswalt & Smith today at