If you are a dog owner and you take your dog for walks in public or ever have company over, you know too well that people love to engage with animals, especially dogs.

Many of us have attempted to pet a cute dog without permission or warning. Whether it be a stranger on the street or a friend trying to play with a dog, there are latent dangers associated with interacting with an animal that is not your own.

Many of these unsolicited interactions can result in a serious dog bite, which then can create liability on the behalf of the dog owner in certain circumstances.

Whenever you are involved in a dog bite, whether you are the owner of the dog, the victim or a parent of the victim, you are going to want to consult an attorney well-versed in personal injury law.

Dog Bite Prevention

Dog bites can be prevented if certain precautions are taken and certain actions are avoided. Below are some tips that can help prevent a dog bite scenario:

  • Avoid contact with a dog without permission – Owners will more likely than not be aware of their dog’s demeanor. Many dogs do not like being hugged, petted and kissed by strangers. Avoiding this behavior, at least without permission, can help avoid an attack. Best practice is to avoid contact with dogs that you don’t know.
  • Pay close attention to body language – If you see a dog exerting certain behaviors, it would be wise to keep your distance. Children are less likely to be aware of these cues, so it is important to be on the lookout for behavior such as a stiff tail, pulled back ears, intense stare or backing away.
  • Do not tease the dog – Teasing a dog can get them very agitated and cause them to either attack or engage in aggressive play.
  • Don’t run – Running from a dog is also a bad idea and a sure way to be chased. Dogs have instincts, and among them are to chase their “prey,” so it is wise to avoid running altogether and remain still if you come across an angry dog.

If you or a loved one has been bitten by someone else’s dog, you may be entitled to compensation. For more ways on how to avoid dog bites and general information on personal injury law, contact Campbell & Associates today for a complimentary consultation with one of our North Carolina injury attorneys.

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