With over 4 million dog bites each year, and the majority resulting in the requirement of medical attention, dog bite prevention tactics can be helpful.
Aggressive dogs are considered aggressive when they growl, bark, or lunge forward. There are also specific cases when dogs tend to be more aggressive, including:
• Some dogs become aggressive to protect their property or dog owner.
• Other dogs tend to become aggressive based on the actions of others, such as, being fearful of a dog. The senses of dogs are very in tune with fear. This is because they rely on the dog owner to be in control of all situations and direct action when necessary. When dog owners cannot manage the fear that an individual has because of a dog, the dog does not know what else to do but to become aggressive.
• Dogs may become aggressive when a person invades their space before the dog has a chance to see the person and sniff the person.
• Dogs may become aggressive when they feel lunged toward or when a person puts their face in front of a dog’s face.
• Dogs may become aggressive when a person looks into the eyes of the dog.
• Some dogs become aggressive when the mood is not calm. Such is the case for dogs often, when there are passersby like walkers or joggers.
Dog Bite Protocol
• Remain as calm as possible and note any details about the dog that you can, such as, dog tags. Avoid pulling away as this may lead to a larger wound. Notice identifying tags so you can cross check the dog’s health record to see if the dog is up-to-date with vaccinations.
• Seek out immediate medical attention to rule out rabies and to receive a tetanus shot. You may also require stiches, antibiotics or other treatment. Facial wounds require special care to help preserve aesthetics, while maintaining the functionality of the affected area.
• Inform animal control about the dog and contact a personal injury attorney who can assist in protecting your legal rights for a claim.
If you are need of a lawyer due to personal injury, please contact attorney Burton A. Padove at Padove Law at (219) 836 2200.