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    Reasons to Be Alert Around Dogs Even in a Controlled Environment

    Published on April 29th, 2012

    Dogs make great pets for millions of Americans, but that doesn’t mean they are always docile. If dogs feel threatened, they are very likely to bite the person making them feel that way, regardless of their usual calm behavior. Here are just a few reasons to be on guard around dogs, especially if you have children:

    Dogs Bite Unexpectedly.

    Every year, millions of Americans are bitten by dogs, and hundreds of thousands require hospitalization. These injuries can sometimes lead to permanent scarring and disfigurement. Though there are tactics you can adopt to help keep yourself and your children safe around dogs, ultimately there is no way to guarantee that a dog will never bite a human.

    Children do not Understand Dogs.

    Research shows that children simply do not understand how to interact with dogs. According to one study, only one-third of children could accurately read a dog’s body language to understand when it was frightened, and some kids even thought that a dog’s aggressive snarl was actually a welcoming smile. A child’s way of interacting with a dog usually involves hugging and up-close interaction, which many dogs will interpret as aggression and an attempt at dominance. In light of these miscommunications, it is understandable that some dogs bite children out of fear.

    Children Play Rough with Dogs.

    When a child wrestles with a dog, the dog does not always understand that it is play—sometimes, it sees the behavior as fighting, and its instinct will be to fight back. Similarly, when a small child pets a dog roughly or grabs its fur, it will react the way it would to a puppy: with a warning bite. Unfortunately, this can seriously injure a child.

    These are just a few of the reasons you should always be alert around dogs, especially if children are nearby. If you or someone you love has experienced the painful results of canine aggression, you deserve compensation. Call (773) 365-0040 to schedule an appointment with Shea Law Group in Chicago.

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