Don’t Get Stuck in the Dog House Because Your Dog Bit Someone
Perhaps you took your dog to Eagle Island Park, Lake Cascade, or the Bruneau Sand Dunes. Or maybe you had a few friends come over to watch a movie. Wherever you were, you had a great time until you heard a child crying, saying that your dog had bitten her. As long as you have had the dog, she has never shown aggression towards anyone. However, you understand that animals are unpredictable and will attack if they feel threatened.
Teaching Your Dog to Keep Her Teeth to Herself
Although you can never fully prevent your dog from biting someone, you can take the following steps to decrease the chances of a bite occurring:
- Socialize, socialize, socialize. The best thing you can do to prevent a dog from being skittish and fearful around people is to help her become comfortable around them from an early age. Socialize your puppy or dog by bringing her around your family, friends, parks, and other areas where people are present. The more time she spends around humans, the less she will feel threatened around strangers.
- Only bring your dog to comfortable situations. Some dogs react fine to new situations, while others become nervous and defensive. If your dog is often the latter, don’t bring her to a place you know she will probably not react well to. Also, put her in another room when company is over if you don’t know how she will respond to visitors.
- Lay ground rules. If you have guests come over, inform them of the way they should interact with your dog. For instance, tell visitors to give the dog her space, never interrupt her while she is sleeping or eating, and to allow her to sniff their hands before attempting to pet her.
When You’re the Victim of a Dog Bite
Dog bite scars can run deep, both physically and emotionally. If you were attacked by a dog, you may be entitled to receive compensation. Morton Law Offices, Chartered may be able to help. Call now to find out how at 208.344.5555 or toll free at 888.716.8021 to schedule a free initial consultation.