Americans love puppies, and over the years the number of families owning puppies has been increasing steadily. With the number of puppies being adopted as pets by families across the country, the facilities providing care and treatment for canines have also been increasing so people should know How to stop a puppy from biting.
At the same time, unfortunately, the number of puppy biting cases has also been on a rise, especially in California. Around 4.5 million people across the country are victims of dog bite injuries every year, and 1 out 5 of the victims end up requiring medical care.
Each one of us would have encountered facing a puppy while jogging in the park or while visiting a friend at his house. 90 percent of the time the puppy acts normally and goes about its own way.
But there are instances when the puppy attacks you even if you had not provoked it or were only playing or petting it. Puppies are known to be loyal friends and they are wonderful pets however, some of them can turn vicious and end up becoming aggressive and attacking.
It is the owner’s responsibility to train the puppy and dog not to bite. In states like California, the owners can end up facing legal action and can be held liable for the actions of their puppies.
Therefore it is important for puppy owners to understand the basic law regarding canines in terms of protecting them and themselves from a legal attack. It is important for them to know how to stop a puppy from biting.
How to stop a puppy from biting and attacking someone?
- Spay or neuter your puppy, as a neutered puppy has lesser chances of biting or attacking.
- Socialize your puppy, introduce it to more people and let it experience different social situations.
- Train your puppy, Sending a puppy to training classes all by itself is not useful; if you send it for training then you and your family also need to be a part of the entire training process.
- Never teach your puppy to chase others even if it’s for fun.
- Avoid leaving the puppy chained or alone by itself for a long time.
- Vaccinate the puppy regularly. With vaccinated puppies, the chance of rabies infection is reduced tremendously.
At the same time, if you are not the owner and fear being attacked or bitten by a puppy, it is important for you to understand a few points which need to be remembered and followed in order to prevent a possible puppy attack, check the detailed blog on how to stop a dog from biting.
How do you prevent a Puppy Attack? How do you stop a puppy from biting you?
- The first word of caution is to never approach an unknown puppy or pet it. Do not disturb a dog which is sleeping or chewing on a bone or toy or taking care of its puppies.
- If you are near a puppy that you feel may attack or get aggressive, the first thing to remember is that you need to remain calm. You have to ensure that you don’t show your fear or anxiety as panicking can end up escalating the situation. Don’t scream or kick the puppy. The puppy will be more inclined to attack you if you look edgy, it will be deterred if you remain calm and in control.
- Avoid any kind of direct contact with the puppy as it may heighten the tension. Do not stand face to face with the puppy, try standing sideways. Try covering yourself or distancing yourself by using canes, umbrellas or other similar objects in front of you. If a puppy realizes that you have no intention to fight or threaten it, it will lose interest and go away.
- However, there are chances that even after you try to remain calm and try to stop the puppy attack, you may fail and end up being attacked. Runners and joggers are commonly a victim of a puppy chasing them and attacking them. In such instances, the first thing is to let the puppy get a hold of something maybe your purse or your hoodie or jacket. If the puppy tries grabbing the purse or hoodie, let go of it and slowly move out of the area.
Even after all the precautions taken, if your worst fears come true and you are about to be attacked by a puppy, remember the below things:
- Not to scream and run.
- Avoid eye contact with the puppy.
- Stand still and keep your hands on your sides.
- When you see the puppy losing interest, slowly move away from the scene until it is not visible anymore.
- Try putting your bag or sweater or anything in hand between you and the puppy.
- On falling down curl yourself up, and cover your ears with your hands and don’t move.
- It is important to protect your face, chest, and throat. Keep the fists tightly closed to protect your fingers.
In the event of a puppy attack, it is important to wash the wound immediately with soap and water and immediately seek medical attention.
Contacting an experienced dog bite lawyer can be useful for receiving compensation for your injuries and trauma experienced.
What are my rights if a puppy attacks me?
California follows a strict dog-bite liability law that holds the owner liable for the puppy attack or bite, even if the puppy had no prior history of aggression or biting, check out California dog bite laws.
Victims of puppy bites can be scarred psychologically and physically. Additionally, they may end up catching diseases like rabies, MRSA, and tetanus.
Some bites are so severe; the injuries may require stitches or surgery. Victims of puppy attacks may be emotionally distressed and may have nightmares of puppies. The victim may face financial constraints due to the huge medical bills and loss of earnings in some instances.
Therefore as a victim of a puppy biting attack, you have a right to receive compensation from the owner for all your medical expenses, compensation for loss of earnings, and for emotional pain and suffering.
Khashan Law Firm wishes that dog attacks in California stop occurring so that victims do not have to undergo both physical and financial trauma.
But we all know animals are unpredictable and it is not possible to completely stop a puppy attack. We have a dedicated team of lawyers handling puppy bite and attack cases.
If you or your family member has been attacked by a puppy or have been bitten by it, contact us at 951.461.2387 and book your appointment for a free consultation.