According to the CDC, approximately 4.5 million people are injured due to dog bites and animal attacks each and every year. Of these, the individuals most vulnerable are children, who can become seriously injured or even killed due to a dog attack. Although dogs have are often our closest companions and can often be an extension of the family, it is important to remember that not all dogs are safe to be around people. Some may be more prone to biting—as part of a learned behavior or in response to stress.
Tips for Preventing a Dog Bite
A surprising fact is that dog bites often occur in places that are most familiar to us, and attacks from dogs who are might even be part of the family. They can occur right in our own neighborhoods, and even in our very own homes. Dog owners have the duty of being responsible dog owners; failing this, they may be liable for any injuries or attacks that occur as a result.
Some of the ways we can help educate you on recognizing a dog who might be prone to biting or attacking someone. When dogs display emotions such as anxiety, fear, and feeling threatened, that is when they will be most likely to attack.
Signs of an aggressive dog:
- Making himself appear larger
- Puffing out the fur
- Tail standing straight up
- Tail is wagging furiously
Alternatively, dogs who might be more shy, anxious or scared could display signs that are opposite of this. Some actions that we make can provoke him or her to attack. Below, we discuss some of these common triggers that might prompt a dog to bite or attack.
Here are some reminders when interacting with a dog who does not know you:
- Do not approach the dog face-on
- Avoid making eye contact with the dog
- Do not make loud or abrupt noises
- Do not attempt to pet the dog without making your presence known or letting him or her sniff you
- If you encounter a dog, keep your body turned to the side, not directly to the dog
- Tell the dog “no!” in a firm voice if he or she approaches you
- Stand still, and allow the dog to pass.
- Back away from an aggressive dog slowly
Dogs can startle easily, especially if they do not know who you are. Conversely, you might not always be aware of the dog’s history, such as whether or not the dog has been vaccinated, if there is a history of aggression, and what type of environment the dog was raised.
Injured Due to a Dog Bite or Attack? Contact Us!
Palmisano & Goodman, P.A. and our team of Woodbridge dog bite attorneys offers legal representation to those who have been hurt because of an aggressive dog. You have the right to seek compensation for any dog attacks that occur, particularly if the dog owners were at all irresponsible for the attack.
Please contact our team today to discuss your legal options. We offer free case evaluations to help get you started.