Most of us love our pets. We cannot fathom the idea that these animals we have loved for years could ever hurt someone. But the truth is, the unthinkable does happen. From newborn babies to senior citizens and every age group in between, animal attacks that lead to death happen every day.
We can hope we never experience this issue. We can hope our friends, family, and neighbors are safe from our pets. But, hoping is not enough. We must take control. We have a responsibility to train our dogs and to supervise them. We have a duty to ensure that the environment does not induce a violent attack, no matter how unlikely we believe it is.
Even if you are not a dog owner, you can bet your neighbors are. There is always a chance that you will come in face-to-face contact with a dog who for some reason is not happy with you.
There are steps you can take to prevent an animal attack. Our dog bite attorneys will list some of the ways below:
- Do not approach a dog you do not know or that does not know you.
This seems like common sense, but people are drawn to a beautiful dog and do not realize that the dog is aggressive until it is too late.
- Do not let small children play with the dog unsupervised (or even supervised if you cannot control the dog)
Kids love dogs. They pet them, cuddle them, pull their hair and tails, step on them, sit on them, accidentally poke them in the eyes. Kids do not know any better. To them, the dog is just a really cool version of the stuffed toys in their room. Keep little ones away from dogs. It only takes one bite to end their lives.
- Never approach a dog while it is eating, sleeping, or caring for pups
Dogs will often attack to prevent other animals from taking their food. Just like people, they may react badly if they are rudely awoken. If you come near them when they are caring for puppies, they could feel as if you are a threat.
- Do not try to pet a dog without letting them sniff you first. Once the dog has sniffed your hand, proceed to pet their shoulders or cheeks, but not the top of their heads. Do not try to pet a dog through a fence. They could see this as an invasion of the home.
- If a dog is approaching you, do not scream or run. Turn your side toward the dog. Try to remain calm and slowly back away.
Dogs are not people. They are animals. They are doing what animals do. They are protecting their homes, their families, and removing unidentified risks. It is not the dog, but the owner who has the responsibility in this case. All we can do is be aware and cautious. Unfortunately, if the owner does not take their duties seriously, it is the animal that will ultimately suffer.
For more information, speak to a dog bite lawyer today.