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Keeping Your Family Safe from Dog Bites

Published on October 27th, 2012

Receiving a dog bite is an incredibly scary and dangerous situation for anyone to experience. However, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association children are far more likely to experience dog bites than adults are, with the elderly being at high risk as well.

  • Do Not Approach Hostile Dogs

Avoid touching or interacting with dogs that are restrained by tie-outs or behind fences. If a dog appears threatening or hostile, avoid eye contact, keep your arms close to your body, make your hands into fists, stay silent, and stand very still. This will show the dog that you are not a threat and will protect your hands and fingers from being bitten.

  • Act Appropriately Around Family Dogs

Even family pets can be a threat if they are provoked. You and your family must respect a dog’s space, avoiding touching the animal and its possessions while it is eating, sleeping, crated, or playing. In addition, be wary of handling newborn puppies, as mother dogs can be extremely protective. It’s best to wait until the puppies are exploring for themselves before interacting with them.

  • Know How to Greet Strange Dogs

Be sure that your children understand how to approach strange dogs. This is especially important if they are used to casually interacting with a family pet that knows them well. The best method for meeting a new dog is to always ask the owner for permission before touching a dog and, if permission is granted, allow the dog to sniff your outstretched fist until it seems comfortable with you. When petting a strange animal, use gentle strokes and avoid the face, head, and tail.

Despite these preventative measures, dog bites can still occur, especially if an animal is improperly trained or inadequately restrained. If you or a loved one has been attacked by a dog, call Shea Law Group in Chicago at (773) 365-0040. Our dog bite attorneys will work to help you receive fair compensation.


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