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    Our Top Tips To Avoid a Dog Bite
    January 19 2022

    Last month, a Las Vegas delivery driver reportedly fended off a dog attack. When the driver saw a large dog trying to attack a smaller dog being held by its owner, the driver rushed to their aid. Luckily, no one was harmed. Unfortunately, many dog attacks lead to dog bites and injuries. Here, we will provide our top tips to avoid a dog bite.

    We hope the below tips to avoid a dog bite help you and your loved ones stay safe around dogs. If a dog injures you or a loved one, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer will help to protect your rights and ensure you receive maximum compensation.

    As a Las Vegas dog bite victim, you don’t want to fight alone. Other parties do not have your best interests in mind. 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 victim of a Las Vegas dog bite. You need an experienced personal injury lawyer with a proven track record of winning cases like yours, for significant compensation. Our lawyers have over 25 years of experience winning top compensation for Las Vegas accident victims.

    Don’t wait to contact our Las Vegas dog bite lawyers. Time is of the essence when pursuing compensation in dog bite cases. Contact Anthem Injury Lawyers today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Pay Attention to the Dog’s Body Language

    Humans are not the only creatures that use body language to communicate. Dogs use body language as well. When you are around a dog you should pay attention to the dog’s body language.

    If the dog’s body language says “leave me alone” then you should leave the dog alone. Look out for the following dog body language when you are around a dog:

    • Growling
    • Avoiding you
    • Walking away
    • Snapping
    • Biting
    • Tucking its tail under its belly or leg

    Even if the dog isn’t doing any of the above, it may still want to be left alone. Stay alert for any changes in a dog’s body language and only approach a dog if their body language says they are happy and want to be near you.

    Ask Before You Pet

    It can be so tempting when you meet a new dog to rush up and pet the cute little guy (or girl). However, rushing towards an unfamiliar animal is dangerous. You should always ask the pet owner before you pet an unfamiliar dog. If the owner says yes, then proceed with caution. First slowly present your hand to the dog to smell. If the dog provides positive feedback, then you may proceed to pet the dog. Pay attention to the dog’s body language.

    Even a friendly dog can bite. If a dog bites you or a loved one, you should get medical help immediately. Once you have received medical care, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. The team at Anthem Injury Lawyers is a team of experienced and dedicated lawyers and case managers. This is the level of expertise and knowledge you need if you are a dog bite victim. If you are unable to come to us, we can travel to you. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation.

    Always Supervise Dogs and Young Children

    Young children are especially vulnerable to dog bites. It can be easy to believe that your family dog would never harm your child. However, relationships change over time. You should always supervise your dog (or any dog) when it is around young children.

    Encourage Healthy Play

    Dog bites can occur even when owners and dogs are engaging in play. The best way to avoid a dog bite during play is to encourage healthy play with your dog, including the following:

    • Use toys for playing with your dog. Never use bare hands.
    • Don’t hold the dog down or grab the dog.
    • Teach your dog when to start and stop play. You should have a command for when play starts and and a command for when play stops. This ensures that activities avoid escalation.

    Never Startle a Busy Dog

    You should not approach a busy dog. If a dog is busy, then they may be startled or frightened by your presence. A frightened dog is more likely to bite. Remind your child (and yourself) to never approach a dog that is doing any of the following:

    • Sleeping
    • Eating
    • Chewing on a toy or bone
    • Caring for puppies

    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.

    Give Your Dog a Safe Space

    If you have a dog, providing them with a safe space is important. A safe space is a place your dog can go to be alone and feel safe. Make sure your dog knows where their safe space is located and that they can go to it at any time. A safe space can be any of the following:

    • Crate
    • Dog house
    • Dog bed
    • Separate room
    • Specific spot

    Socialize Your Dog

    The more comfortable your dog is, the less likely they are to bite. The best way to keep your dog comfortable is to socialize your dog. Socialization prepares your dog to enjoy interactions and be comfortable with other animals, people, places, and activities. Socialization can help your dog avoid fear and aggression in new situations.

    Give Solo Dogs Space

    If you see a dog walking without its owner, then you should give it plenty of space. An unfamiliar dog may react in unexpected ways, especially if it is frightened and alone. If you are worried about the animal’s safety, then you should contact animal control.

    EXPERIENCED LAS VEGAS PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERS

    If you are bit by a dog, the most important thing you can do is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer can help you protect your rights and navigate the complications that come with a dog bite.

    Sometimes people are unsure if they need an attorney, or if a personal injury attorney can really make a difference in receiving compensation. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys gives you the best opportunity to get the compensation you deserve for your injuries.

    Well-meaning friends may tell you that a personal injury lawyer in Las Vegas is too expensive. This is not true! We work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you won’t have to worry about affordability. Plus, with our extensive dog bite case experience, you have the best chance for a positive outcome for your case.

    Remember—when it comes to seeking maximum compensation, you’ll want to put your case in the hands of the experts at Anthem Injury Lawyers. We have over 25 years of experience representing Las Vegas accident victims. Contact us today at (702) 857-6000 to make an appointment for a free consultation. 

    Published by Anthony Golden

    Attorney Anthony B. Golden (“Tony”) is one of the founding partners of Anthem Injury Lawyers. Tony represents clients in all aspects of personal injury cases, from pre-litigation through jury trials and appeals. Tony has a proven track record of successfully representing clients in trials, arbitration, and appeals, as well as assisting clients in resolving high-value cases in mediation.

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