Cantankerous Canines: Staying Safe from Dog Bites


Half of all dog bites are from pets that the victim is familiar with, i.e., owned by a friend. 4.5 million dog bites are reported in the United States per year, with young children being the primary sufferers. If you own a dog, there are necessary precautions you must take to ensure that you and everyone around you is safe around your furry friend.

It’s important to remember that every dog has their natural instincts and can use them to defend themselves against anyone, even the owner. Male or female, big or small, a dog will bite if it has been provoked or perceives a threat no matter the breed. If bitten, the wound could also become infected. Act quickly, irrigate the wound, and seek help from medical (and legal, if necessary) professionals.

Spaying or neutering is one method to reduce a dog’s aggression, however easier practices such as regular exercise and obedience training are both solid options. Another tip is to put the dog in social situations starting at an early age. This allows the dog to be comfortable in around people, dogs, and even other animals.

For even more tips on preventing dog bites, please see the accompanying guide provided by Van Sant Law.

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