At the end of the day, it’s up to the owner of a dog to ensure that their dog is safe around adults and children alike – and if it’s not, then they must secure the dog. That said, dog attacks happen all the time and the results can be deadly. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 4.4 million people are bitten by a dog every year.
Most dog bites involve children
The truth is that most of the time, when a dog attack happens, a child is involved. The reality of the matter is that it’s smart to teach your child who to help avoid a dog attack. Here are some tips we’ve come up with, but we hope that if you or your child has already been bitten, you will reach out to us at Gilbert and Smallman. We are here to help you with your animal attack case.
Keep away from dogs you don’t know
It doesn’t matter how nice the dog looks, what kind of dog it is, or anything else – if your child doesn’t know a dog then it should stay away from the dog. If they encounter a dog that’s simply wandering around, then they should get out of the area and tell an adult.
No sudden movements around dogs
Dogs often react out of fear. As a result, it’s a good idea to avoid yelling, running, hitting, or making any other sort of sudden movement around or towards a dog. If they’re confronted by a dog that seems aggressive, rather than try to push the dog away, they should quietly, confidently walk away.
Ask the owner’s permission
If your child meets a dog that’s with its owner, then your child should always ask permission to pet the dog or come in any kind of contact with it. Just because the owner is with their pet doesn’t mean the dog isn’t aggressive. It’s always important to ask permission.
It’s also important to note that if your child doesn’t follow the above tips and is bit by a dog, they are not at fault. It is the owner’s job to prevent the dog from biting – not the child’s job to prevent themselves from being bit. Call our offices right away to report any animal attack and we can work with you to ensure that medical and other expenses are compensated for.