According to the American Humane Association, on average, an estimated 4.7 million dog bite incidents occur in the United States each year. Of that 4.7 million, 50% of dog attacks involve children under 12 years old.
Dog bites are a common occurrence during the holidays. This time of year can be especially stressful for dogs due to changes in their routine and the coming and going of visitors.
See how you can protect your dogs and loved ones this holiday season.
- Dogs should not be allowed to greet visitors at the door. This is for the safety of your dog and your guests. Keep the dog in a separate room or crate until visitors are settled and then you may allow the dog to say hello if you feel it is an appropriate time. Try associating visitors with something good for the dog such as giving them a special treat after they arrive.
- Monitor your dog’s reaction to visitors. If the dog seems overly excited, barking, growling, cowering away, trying to hide or showing any other signs of anxiety or aggression, the dog should be separated from the visitors. To make the dog comfortable, give them their own space, a comfortable blanket and a long-lasting chew toy.
- Always monitor children around dogs. Try assigning one adult to watch the dog, keeping an eye out for signs of stress and unwanted attention. If you have multiple dogs, you may want to consider keeping them in another room during large gatherings with children. No child should be allowed to touch your dog unless you or someone else has their hands on the dog to prevent face-to-face contact between them and to also help prevent the child from hurting or bothering the dog.
- Do not try and train your dog while company is present. If you do perceive a problem with your dog and your guests, this is not the time to work on it. It is not reasonable to use visiting children and adults to help train your dog. A dog needs someone they know and trust to teach them.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury due to a dog bite, do not assume the blame.
A significant number of dog bites involve the family dog or a dog that the victim is familiar with. These claims may be covered by an individual’s insurance, so even in these circumstances, victims should not hesitate to take legal action.
Dog bites can be severe enough to affect victims physically and emotionally for the rest of their lives.
Recovering compensation after an injury from a dog bite.
If a dog has bitten you or a loved one, it is important to contact a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim. Dog bites can cause serious injuries such as disfigurement and scarring. These attacks can also be emotionally traumatizing for an individual, especially a young child. At Berger and Green, our attorneys consider our clients’ present and future needs.
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It is an individual’s responsibility to make sure their dog does not cause harm or injury to others. Contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green for a free no obligation consultation. Call 412-661-1400 today.
Source: K9agression.com, “Why Dog Bites Happen More Often During Holidays”