Do You Know How to Prevent Dog Bites?

More than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs each year, but many of these dog bites are totally preventable. Children are the most common victims of dog bites, and 81% of the time they are bitten by dogs they are familiar with.

What can be done to prevent these dog bites from happening? Knowing how to read the body language of a dog is an important first step. Some signs that a dog is feeling anxious or fearful are cowering, panting, licking lips, yawning, pacing and looking around in many directions. If a dog is acting this way, it is best to leave him alone.

If you are the owner of a dog, it’s crucial to pay attention to his behavior any time he is around other people. If your dog begins exhibiting any signs of fear and anxiety, it is your responsibility to get him out of the situation causing his distress and to keep others away from him so that he doesn’t bite.

Parents can also help prevent dog bites by teaching their children these safety tips for how to behave around dogs:

  1. Never approach a dog that is tied up or that is unknown to you.
  2. Never pet a dog without the owner’s permission.
  3. Do not take food from a dog that is eating.
  4. Do not stare at a dog or put your face close to its face.
  5. Do not touch a dog that is eating or sleeping.
  6. If a dog is playing with a toy or bone, do not attempt to take it away from the dog.
  7. If a dog is giving any signs of anxiety mentioned above, back away from the dog and do not touch him.

“Dog bites are all too common, especially among children. Owners must be vigilant in understanding the dog bite warning signs, and parents must teach their children how to safely behave around dogs, ” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured by a dog bite and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

 

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.

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