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Four Ways To Prevent Dog Bites

A dog has a mind of his or her own, and even though we love our furry, four-legged friends, they can sometimes make decisions that we don’t agree with. In some cases, those decisions, such as to bite, or attack someone, can even have legal repercussions. Florida, like many states in the USA, wants dog owners to take their ownership responsibilities seriously. That’s why, if it can be proven that a dog bite was due to the negligence of the owner, there are laws in place that allow a dog bite victim to sue the owner of a dog.

So how do dog owners get around this? Excepting the use of working guard dogs who are supposed to protect property, most dog owners don’t’ actually want their dogs to attack anyone. Fortunately, there are a few simple precautions people can take to reduce the chances of a dog bite.

Always Supervise Children

The #1 cause of dog bites in Florida and the rest of the country is inappropriate interactions between children and dogs. Even with a family dog that is incredibly friendly and loving, if a new child comes along that the dog doesn’t recognize, who doesn’t know how to treat dogs properly, and hits the dog, the dog will bite. If you do not supervise safe interactions between children and your dog, and this results in a bite, you may be liable for negligence leading to a dog bite, and a dog bite lawyer may be visiting you soon.

Respect Pain & Sensitivity

Dogs will instinctively lash out if they experience pain, or feel attacked. In many cases, this is completely unintentional, such as if a dog is suffering from a hip injury, a chronic pain, due to aging or some other disorder, like hip dysplasia. Touching a dog in these sensitive areas will usually cause a great deal of pain, and a dog may often lash out to “defend itself” from the pain being caused by this.

If a dog is diagnosed as having an area that is more sensitive and contact with that area can cause pain, respect that. And always inform others if they wish to interact with the dog, so they don’t accidentally cause pain and suffer a bite themselves.

Motherly Instinct

Puppies are cute and adorable, but they are also largely helpless, and a good mother dog will do her best to protect her pups from harm. When a dog has pups, especially when it involves strangers, it is always important to treat a mother dog like a human mother and respect the offspring and her right to protect them. Just moving in, with no warning, and grabbing puppies could result in a painful bite or even attack, as the mother seeks to protect her young.

Don’t Provoke The Predator Instinct

Dogs are, genetically speaking, predators. They want to hunt, and certain actions can provoke the predator instinct and cause them to go on the attack. They will view some actions as “prey actions,” and go into a hunt. People running or cycling past dogs can provoke this instinct, so always be aware of this reaction.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

Four Ways To Prevent Dog Bites

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