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Safely Approaching Dogs to Avoid Injury

Published on February 13th, 2019

In a bustling city like Chicago, there are dogs everywhere you turn. It can be tempting to want to approach every dog you see and give them a pet, but not every dog is as friendly as they appear. In order to avoid needing an Elgin personal injury lawyer, keep these tips in mind before you approach a dog that you don’t know.

Ask the Owner if It is Okay

It’s important to ask the owner before you pet their dog. If you see a dog that is tied up outside or not directly by their owner, don’t approach the dog until you have contacted the owner and they have given you permission that it is okay. Always remember to look at the dog’s body language before petting the dog as well.

Once You Have Permission

Put your hand out and let the dog come to you rather than approaching the dog yourself. Once the dog is close to you, stroke their shoulder or chest rather than trying to pet their face right away. This could set them off and cause them to react. However tempted you may be, don’t hug the dog because it could make them more anxious.

Other Tips

Don’t make sudden movements when you are around a dog that you don’t know and don’t force dogs to stay by you if they are trying to get away.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog bite accident, you’ll want to get in contact with our Elgin personal injury lawyer to schedule a consultation. Our team at Shea Law Group is ready to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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