Each year, roughly 4.5 million people sustain dog bites, and a significant number of those victims are children. Dog owners are legally liable for bite-related damages in Connecticut. So our dog bite attorneys have developed a wealth of expertise in representing these unique cases.
Please contact us at the Penner Law Firm today if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog.
Many people who suffer from dog bite injuries require medical or psychological care. Some of them even develop a lifelong fear of animals. Here are a few tools to protect yourself and your family from the trauma of a dog bite.
First, Know Why Dogs Bite
Dogs bite for a reason. Your family can become empowered against aggressive animals by knowing what to look for before a bite happens.
Some of the common reasons that dogs bite include:
- Possessiveness -- Dogs will protect their people, homes, food, puppies and belongings.
- Fear -- Biting is a defense mechanism.
- Pain/injury -- An animal in pain will show signs of distress even before becoming aggressive such as droopy body language or coddling a body part.
- Pup protection -- "Hell hath no fury...," even in the animal kingdom.
- Hunger/neglect -- The results can be devastating when people have given a dog no reason to trust them.
- Frustration -- The animal is bored, unexercised, or housed in stressful, incompatible circumstances.
- Hunting instinct -- This can kick in when an animal sees someone running or cycling, or when it comes into contact with another animal.
Dog Bite Prevention Tips
Step 1: Know the signs of aggression: Dogs who jump often want attention, so turn your back of them. This can be especially helpful to children who may be shorter than the overzealous animal. Dogs who feel threatened will growl, bark and show their teeth.
Step: 2: Facing a potential biter: Should you come into contact with an aggressive dog, stay calm but be assertive. Face the animal, but bow your head to avoid eye contact. Never stop watching the animal. "Shush!" or coo to the animal while either being still or slowly moving to a safe location.
Step 3: Train your own family dog: An obedient well-trained dog is welcome almost anyway. But a dog without manners is a nuisance to everyone. Start early with mastery of the basic commands: "Come," "sit," "stay," and especially "leave it!" Undercut food aggression by keeping dogs on a set meal schedule. Avoid feeding them anything else but training treats; no table scraps. Dogs who growl around food will learn to temper that aggression when they have to wait politely for meals. Exercise, or regular walking and playing, is the single, best tool for eliminating dog aggression and building strong canine-human relationships.