Dog Bite Prevention Tips
What do you think of when you hear “dog” and “bite” in the same sentence? Do you think of a dog biting a person, or a person biting a dog? If you thought of a person biting a dog, it may be because you heard about a man recently being arrested for allegedly biting a Las Vegas police K-9 dog. But if you are like most people, you probably thought about a dog biting a person. Dog bites can be dangerous and, for some, life-threatening. That is why in this article we are providing dog bite prevention tips.
We hope the below information helps you avoid dog bites. If a dog bites you, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury attorney will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
Anthem Injury Lawyers has a dedicated team of lawyers and staff ready to help you with your personal injury case. Insurance companies and other parties are not interested in helping you receive what you should as a dog bite victim in Las Vegas; in fact, they can stand in your way of receiving top compensation for dog bite injuries. You need an experienced dog bite lawyer to represent you, so you can win the compensation you deserve. Your Las Vegas dog bite lawyer should have a proven track record of winning cases like yours, for significant compensation. That is exactly what Anthem Injury Lawyers offers you.
Time is of the essence when pursuing compensation in dog bite cases. Don’t delay—have our Las Vegas dog bite attorneys review your case as soon as possible. Now is the right time to contact Anthem Injury Lawyers at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
DOG BITE PREVENTION TIPS
Is your dog a good boy? Yes! Does that mean your dog won’t bite? No! Even good boys (and girls) can bite. Is there anything you can do to help prevent dog bites? Yes, below we will provide dog bite prevention tips. The following dog bite prevention tips are from the American Veterinary Medical Association.
Be a Responsible Pet Owner
Pet ownership is a big responsibility. Understanding your role in being a responsible pet owner can help prevent dog bites. Responsible pet ownership includes the following:
- Select the right dog for your family. Before getting a dog, take time to consider your family’s needs and the dog’s needs.
- Train your dog. Your dog should understand basic commands and expectations.
- Socialize your dog. What is socialization? Socialization prepares your dog to enjoy interactions and be comfortable with other animals, people, places, and activities. Socialization can help your pet enjoy new experiences without becoming fearful or aggressive.
- Keep your dog healthy. Provide your dog with regular exercise, health meals, and mental stimulation.
- Neuter or spay your dog. This can be beneficial to the animal’s health and personality. Having your dog neutered or spayed may minimize the following behaviors in your pet: roaming, irritability, and aggression.
- Do not stress your dog. Keep your dog out of stressful or threatening situations. Think about your pet before you bring it out with you. How comfortable will your pet be where you are going?
- Give your dog a safe space. Just like humans, dogs need a safe space where they can go to be alone. This space can be a crate, doghouse, dog bed, separate room, or even a specific spot. Work with your dog regularly, so they know it is their safe space.
Even if you are a responsible pet owner, someone else’s dog can still bite you. If someone else’s dog bites you, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced, dedicated personal injury lawyers and case managers. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Educate Your Family
Educating yourself and your family about dog bite prevention is important to avoiding bites. If you have children, you should regularly speak with them about respecting dogs and other animals. Keep your discussion simple and age appropriate. Below are tips for educating your family about dog bite prevention:
- Avoid unknown dogs. It may be tempting to approach a new dog or puppy, but the safest choice is to admire the animal from a distance. If you see a dog roaming, contact your local animal protection service.
- Ask permission before interacting with a dog. Ask the owner how to best approach their dog. Also ask where it is okay to touch the dog. Some dogs have sensitive areas. You should also pay attention to the dog’s body language, which is discussed in more detail below.
- Leave your dog alone in their safe space. If your dog retreats to their safe space, leave them alone. Teach children to leave the dog alone as well. Do not bother your dog when it is sleeping or eating.
- Give a dog and its puppies space. A dog with her puppies may not react as expected. Especially if she is resting with her puppies, acting protective of her puppies, or is anxious about your presence around her puppies.
- Respect your dog. Do not tease dogs or play tug-of-war. Teach your children to never take your dog’s toys, food, or treats.
- Be gentle with your dog. Do not allow children to pull on ears or tails. It is never okay to hit or kick a dog.
- Choose age-appropriate pet responsibility. Depending on your child’s age and comfort, they may be able to help with your dog. This may include being responsible for its food, water, or exercise. Carefully supervise your child and discuss the responsibility before you allow your child to do it alone.
- Choose age-appropriate interactions. You should always supervise your dog with infants and young children. Children are the most common victims of dog bites and are far more likely to be severely injured.
If you or a loved one have been bitten by a dog, you should seek medical care immediately. Once you have sought medical care, consult an experienced personal injury lawyer. Anthem Injury Lawyers are an experienced team of personal injury attorneys. We are located in Henderson, Nevada and handle personal injury cases all over the Las Vegas area. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.
Pay Attention to Dog Body Language
Just like humans, dogs can use body language to communicate. Paying attention to a dog’s body language can help you and your loved ones avoid a dog bite. You may be an expert at knowing when your dog is happy by their body language. However, do you know how to tell if you should leave a dog alone? The following tends to mean a dog wants to be left alone:
- Avoiding you
- Walking away
Pay attention to the above dog body language. Give a dog plenty of space if their body language says they want to be left alone. If a dog bites you, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer.
LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS
We hope the above dog bite prevention tips help you and your family stay safe. If someone else’s pet injures you in a Las Vegas dog bite accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Some people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer to help them. A personal injury lawyer will work aggressively to protect your rights and help you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
Award-winning law firm Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyers. We are based in Henderson, Nevada, and have won top compensation for clients throughout the Las Vegas area. When we say we offer personal injury law experience, we mean over 25 years of experience. This is the combination of knowledge and expertise you need to win significant compensation as a Las Vegas area dog bite victim. We will represent you against parties who stand in your way of winning the compensation you deserve as a Las Vegas dog bite victim.
Your choice of a personal injury lawyer is one of the most consequential decisions you will ever make. Now is the time to select an attorney who offers a winning track record in Las Vegas dog bite cases. Get our Las Vegas personal injury lawyers working for you, so you can have the best opportunity to win top compensation. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.