Dogs play a very important role in any household and family life. As this population of canine pet’s increases, it becomes equally important for people in the society to have the right guidance and information which can help in preventing dog bites and associated dog bite injuries. So how to stop a dog from biting? To prevent a dog bite attack one needs to take a few steps to ensure that the attack is avoided. California has registered the maximum number of dog bite injury cases in the country. The number of dog attacks in Murrieta has been on a rise in the last few years.
Though it may sound very philosophical, but the truth is that taking measured preventative steps will help in saving thousands of people from facing dreadful injuries or worse. One can follow and do a number of things to avoid dog bite injuries, right from training and socializing the pet to teaching your children on how to approach a dog and behave with it. Being informed is one of the best way to avoid public health crisis.
Education and Training
The first step to restrict the number of dog bite attacks and dog bite injuries is to pass information regarding this subject to the people. It should begin with primary care professionals and veterinarians educating dog owners and people taking care of dogs on how to handle and manage their dogs. These professionals should also educate the public on how to stop a dog from biting them. Around 50% of dog attacks in Murrieta involve young children. These children are victims of dog bite injuries. It is very important to educate these young children and their parents on how to prevent dog bite injuries and attacks in the future.
Below mentioned are few tips on how to stop a dog from biting:
- Tips for Prospective Dog Owners: Families who are planning to bring in a new pet in the household, should consider their home environment before taking a decision. Households with children should prefer adopting a dog younger than four months, as the young pet can get accustomed and adjusted with children around. An older dog should not be adopted in houses with children as the dog’s behavior can be unpredictable. Potential dog owners should first gather breed-specific information before adopting a dog. Some breeds of dogs like the Siberian Husky, Boxer, Doberman, German Shepard, Pit Bull etc. are more aggressive in nature and comparatively more dangerous breeds of dog.
- Tips for Dog Owners: Once you have a dog in the house, ensure that you give him enough exercise, so that he does not pent up and react in aggression. Always use a leash while walking the dog in public. Do not miss on any of the Dog’s vaccinations.
- Tips for Adults and Children: Avoid approaching a strange unknown dog. Never approach or disturb a dog when it is sleeping or eating or caring for its puppies. Stay away from a dog that is barking or growling. Never pet a dog or hug it and kiss it without the owner’s permission. Children should be taught to not tease or harass the dog, they should be taught that it is not a toy to be played with.
If you or child encounters a dog who is showing signs that he may attack you, do the following:
- Avoid screaming and running away
- Try to remain immobile, keeping the hands at your sides, and most importantly avoid any eye contact with the dog.
- Once you realize the dog is losing interest in you, slowly move away from his sight.
- If the dog attacks or jumps on you, let him grasp your jacket, purse, bicycle etc., do not let him touch you. Try to bring in something between you and the dog to avoid any kind of dog bite injuries.
We at Khashan Law Firm wish that dog attacks in Murrieta stop occurring and people do not have to undergo both physical and financial trauma, but we all know that it is not possible to completely bring an end to these dog bite injuries and attacks. Hence if you or your family member has been victim of dig bite injuries, contact us at 951.461.2387 or (833) BITE-LAW and book your appointment for a consultation.