Steps You Can Take to Prevent Dog Bites
4.5 million people are bitten by dogs annually in the U.S. – most between the tender ages of 5-9. Surprising for many, more than half of these bites happen with known animals, with tragic consequences for all involved. The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to know that a little education and training could help avoid the potentially disastrous consequences of bites.
1. Learn Body Language
Pay attention to dog body language – like humans, they have their limits and experience fatigue, grouchiness, aggravation, anxiousness, and fear.
2. Avoid Dangerous Situations
• Keep dogs away from large groups, overwhelming children, and loud noises.
• Never frighten/startle dogs.
• Teach children to keep their face away from a dog’s face.
• Don’t ignore incidents.
3. Know Fear Signs
Dogs will show they are uncomfortable in ways that, if ignored, can lead to bites. Be on the watch for:
• Barking or boofing (a low woof)
• Showing teeth
• Air biting
4. Be Conscious of Developmental Patterns
Dogs go through 2 developmental ‘fear periods,’ at around 6-11 weeks, and 6-14 months. Also be on the lookout in aging animals, as their fear patterns tend to escalate with age.
5. Beware Vicious Propensities
• Prior attacks
• Tendency to growl/snap
• Guard dog training
Fallen victim to an aggressive animal? The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are here to help. Contact us today.