• Jul
    31
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    Posted by: Jarve Kaplan Granato Starr

    Why Do Dogs Bite People?

    Asking why dogs bite people is kind of like asking why people smile or get angry, or why some people are friendlier than others. There are so many different reasons, and the bottom line is that it depends upon a variety of factors, including the dog itself, the moment in time, and the person who the dog bites. You are just as vulnerable to being bitten by a dog whose owner assures you that “he never bites” as one who is standing in front of a BEWARE OF DOG sign. Any dog can bite.

    Some dogs bite because they are afraid, or startled, or territorial. Sometimes they bite because they are not feeling well or are suffering an injury and they don’t want to be touched or approached. Though it is helpful to understand the dog, what is more important is knowing how to protect yourself against dog bite and knowing what to do if you are bitten. A dog that bites is not necessarily a “bad” dog. After all, if a mother dog sees you approaching her puppies and she protects them by biting you, then she is being a good mother.

    To prevent dog bites from happening, it’s a good idea to know the warning signs that tell you that a dog is about to bite, and generally being cautious around dogs that you don’t know. If a dog is growling, has its ears back and its teeth bared, you need to stay away. Even if a dog seems friendly and happy to see you, you should always ask the owner’s permission before extending your hand. If no owner is around, it’s a good idea to be extremely cautious.

    If you are a dog owner, it is important that you take responsible steps to prevent your dog from biting. This means making sure that your dog has been properly trained and socialized to people, and that he or she understands basic commands. These commands are more than just tricks: they provide your animal with a sense of control that they will rely upon and establish you as the leader that they look to for protection. If your dog is trained to follow your commands and they feel uncertain, they will look to you for guidance and follow your lead. A dog without training will be more likely to feel insecure and to bite.

    Finally, make sure that your dog is properly restrained. A dog should always be on a leash or behind a secure fence or door. This is especially true if your dog has given an indication of being prone to biting.

    If you are a victim of a dog bite that has caused you serious injury, you have the right to pursue legal action to seek compensation for your damages. Contact us today to learn more.

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