Roughly 50% of canine attacks stem from a domestic animal belonging to an acquaintance of the injured party. Out of the 4.5 million individuals who experience dog bites annually in the United States, a majority comprise young children. Given this knowledge, it becomes imperative for dog guardians to adopt the requisite safeguards to deter their dogs from exhibiting aggression towards others.
First and foremost, it is crucial to bear in mind that any canine possesses the potential to resort to biting and causing injury. Irrespective of size, gender, or breed, every dog carries inherent instincts and may resort to biting when it perceives a threat. Biting is not restricted to particular breeds; while some breeds may be branded as more belligerent, the fact remains that any dog can unleash aggression at any moment. Dog bites also bring the risk of infection in their wake. In case of a bite incident, prompt action, wound cleansing, and medical assistance are essential — legal support may also be required if the situation demands it.
Canines might resort to biting for various reasons; this behavior is frequently a reaction to an uncomfortable scenario or a loud disturbance, among other contributing factors. When such situations escalate, and the dog senses a threat, it may resort to biting as a form of self-defense. Dogs may also employ this measure to safeguard possessions like territory, food, toys, offspring, or their owner.
Approaches aimed at diminishing your pet’s aggressiveness encompass spaying or neutering, giving priority to regular physical activity, and instilling obedience during their puppyhood. Another approach involves acquainting the dog with other dogs and individuals at an early age. This can enable the dog to grow more at ease in diverse situations as it matures. Dog owners should also educate their offspring (if applicable) on recognizing precarious situations and defusing them.
For additional guidance on averting dog bites, please refer to the accompanying manual.
Infographic courtesy of Van Sant Law, an Atlanta personal injury law firm