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3 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites

3 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites

Posted By The Weinstein Firm, LLC || 7-Jul-2017

Believe it or not, more than 4 million dog bites happen each year in the United States alone. While some of these injuries may not be deep wounds, almost 1 out of 5 bites becomes infected, which can be a huge issue. Thousands of families across the country keep dogs as companions, but not all people are good pet owners, and even those that are don’t understand the warning signs pets in distress may give. Here are 3 tips to best prevent dog bites in and outside the home.

Tip #1: Don’t Approach or Touch an Unfamiliar Dog

While dogs may be adorable and may appear clean and well-fed, looks can be deceiving. Even seemingly well-behaved pets can give a warning nip if a stranger gets too close to the dog or his family members. Likewise, stray dogs that may have been abused in the past might bite out of fear if you get too close.

Tip #2: Recognize Warning Signs

Unless a dog is particularly sick, he or she will warn you if you are getting too close or they are unhappy with your presence. Growling and raised hackles are one sign you should keep your distance. Scared animals are also likely to lash out, so slight or significant cowering could be a signal that the dog is severely fearful. When a dog licks its lips even though there is no food nearby or he or she is panting when it is not hot outside, these are signs of anxiety. Be wary of these signals, particularly with unfamiliar dogs.

Tip #3: Don’t Run or Scream If a Dog Seems Aggressive

Many children tend to be targets of dog attacks because they move and scream a lot when a dog nips. Many dogs have a latent desire to chase and catch, which is why running away from an attacking dog may only fuel its willingness to bite. Stay still, be calm, and don’t make any loud noises. Instead, stand with the side of your body facing the dog, avoid direct eye contact, and slowly raise your hands to your neck, with your elbows in.

If you have been injured by the dog of a negligent owner, talk to one of our skilled Atlanta dog bite attorneys as soon as possible. The responsible party should have to pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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Categories: Dog Bites