Although dogs are beloved pets that offer many benefits to their owners, dogs can also cause serious harm and injury to others. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that over 4 million people in the U.S. annually are victims of a dog bite, and almost 1 in 5 dog bites becomes infected. To prevent a dog bite, it’s important to know how to behave around a dog and how to read a dog’s behaviors.
Tips for Preventing a Dog Bite
Dog bites can result in serious and sometimes long-lasting injuries, and the following tips can help you prevent a bite incident:
- Pay attention to the dog’s behavior. Often, an aggressive dog who may attack will bare its teeth, raise the hair on its neck and back, and growl. Additionally, a dog who cowers, keeps its tail between its legs, and whimpers may feel anxious or threatened. In either case, it’s important to give the dog space.
- Be mindful of your behavior. If a dog seems like it’s about to attack, you need to behave appropriately. Do not make eye contact with the dog or square up directly toward it. A dog may interpret these behaviors as aggression and attack to defend itself. Instead, put the side of your body toward the dog and slowly walk away looking downward.
- Be cautious. When you cross paths with a dog you don’t know, you should act with caution. Stay still and remain calm while the dog passes you, and say “no” or “go home” firmly if it comes too close. If you meet with a dog of a friend, let it come to you by offering your hand (palm down) for sniffing, avoid eye contact, and be silent while the dog becomes familiar with you.
When a Dog Injures You
If you’ve already been injured in a dog bite incident, it’s important you enlist the help of a trusted attorney. The team at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum can help you build a strong case and earn the compensation you need for your injuries. Get started today by filling out the online contact form on our website.