Man’s best friend - to many that is exactly what their dog is to them - not merely a pet, but a friend, a companion, a part of the family. Many people can’t imagine that their dog would ever bite or attack anyone, but no matter how confident you are in your dog, it is still important to do your part to help prevent dog bites and attacks. Even the most docile dog can be provoked to bite under the right circumstances. Why? Because it’s their natural instinct.
There have been cases of dogs who tolerated minor annoyances for years before finally snapping and feeling like they had no choice but to bite. It’s something people don’t want to think about, but it happens. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association:
- Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the U.S. are bitten by dogs.
- Most dog bites affecting young children occur during everyday activities and while interacting with familiar dogs.
But enough with the scary stories and statistics, our goal isn’t to frighten you, but to educate you on how you can help to protect yourself from becoming a part of these statistics. There are many things that you can do:
Even if your dog has never bitten anyone and seems to be great with kids, it is still important to take precautions to protect yourself and your dog from the legal ramifications of a dog bite incident. We hope that these tips will help you to be more aware of what you can do to prevent dog bites and attacks, and we encourage you to contact Boughter Sinak, LLC if you or your dog are ever the victim of a dog bite or attack.
For more information on preventing dog bites, visit the following websites: