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How can I prevent a dog from biting my child?


Your daughter was visiting her friend over in Winstead Park, when the family’s German Shepherd attacked her. She was rushed to Treasure Valley Hospital, where she received stitches for her multiple wounds.

Along with the physical trauma from the attack, she is suffering from emotional wounds as well. As her parent, you find it is extremely difficult to watch your child deal with pain, but it is even worse to see the toll the attack has taken on her psychologically.

Preventing a Dog Attack

You never want this to happen to your child again, so you want to know what you can do to prevent a similar situation in the future. Although you can never fully protect yourself or your child, you may be able to reduce the chances of another attack.

  • Know when to stay away. Never disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or protecting something. He may feel threatened and bite in order to defend himself.
  • Pay attention to body language. You can tell a lot about how a person feels just by studying his body language. The same can be said for a dog. Canines will display certain characteristics when they are on the verge of biting. These behavior traits include a stiff tail, tensed body, yawning, an intense stare, backing away, a furrowed brow, and a pulled-back head or ears.
  • Stand like a tree. If you or your child is approached by a strange dog, resist the urge to walk or run away. Instead, stay still like a tree. Objects that don’t move are boring for dogs and eventually they usually lose interest and walk away.

When the Worst Happens

If despite your best efforts, you or your child is attacked by a dog, it is important to know that you have help. The attorneys of Morton Law Offices will fight for your rights and attempt to help you receive the compensation you deserve that can help pay for medical bills, emotional trauma, and time lost away from work.

Don’t waste any more time. Contact us today to learn how we can help.