Tips for Dog Owners to Prevent a Bite

Everyday, about 1,000 people in the United States will require emergency treatment for a dog bite. Dog breeds such as pit bulls, rottweilers, presa canarios, cane corsos, mastiffs, sharpeis, boxers and these mixes are the most likely to inflict harm on others. However, every dog owner should take steps to ensure that their dog will behave around others, regardless of the breed.

Tips for Dog Owners

Until recently, a Colorado dog owner could be held liable for a dog bite injury only if he or she knew about the dog’s likelihood to attack. This was known as the “one free bite” rule. That’s been changed, and Colorado now allows you to recover certain damages whether or not the owner knew of the dog’s vicious nature. Because of this, it’s even more important that owners take steps to train their dogs and teach good behavior to prevent injuring others.

Make sure that your dog is trained and socialized. Your pet must be comfortable not only in the presence of other animals, but also human beings. That includes not just family members, but also friends and neighbors. If you can’t find the time or the resources to invest in training your dog, seek professional help.

Get your dog spayed or neutered when the time is right. Intact dogs are much more likely to be involved in bites than neutered dogs.

The last thing that you should do as an owner is to simply tie your dog in your yard while you’re out the whole day. Dogs need frequent interaction with their owners, and they also need plenty of time for exercise and to run about. Be a responsible dog owner, and avoid chaining or tying your dogs for hours on end. Animals that are treated in this manner are much more likely to become aggressive and bite.

Restrain your animal when you’re out in the park with him, or are walking with them. No matter how well behaved you believe that your dog is, you never know what a dog is thinking or how he may react around strangers. Every year, Denver dog bite lawyer come across many cases involving dogs that ran away from their masters. Never take a chance by leaving your dog unrestrained in public.

Kids and Dog Bites

More than half of the victims of dog bites are young children. Because of this, it’s important that children are taught the right ways of behaving around dogs. That includes not just friends’ dog or strange dogs, but also their pet dogs. Remember that many dog bites every year involve household pets. For help filing a claim after a dog bite, call a Denver dog bite lawyer.

Teach your child to ask for permission from the owner of the dog before approaching it. Children should also be told never to approach a strange animal, especially when the child is alone. The child must never touch a strange animal, and must never put her hand through the fence to touch dogs, even when these are familiar.

Children often treat a dog like a toy. That’s because they don’t understand that an animal has feelings and sensation. Teach your child that it is wrong to pinch, poke, or tightly hug a dog. Such behaviors could be disturbing to a dog, and could incite viciousness.

It is equally important to teach your child to recognize the signs of an aggressive dog, like staring, freezing, growling or snarling. A dog like this must be avoided, and the child must get to a responsible adult immediately. Children must understand that not every dog will absolutely love them. Sometimes, dogs are naturally aggressive, or have become vicious because of poor ownership.

Children may suffer long-lasting, serious physical and mental consequences after a dog bite, so it is both the responsibility of parents and dog owners to prevent this from occurring.

Postal Workers and Dog Bites

Children aren’t the only demographic that fall victim to dog bites in Denver. According to statistics by the United States Postal Service, Denver ranks at number 8 on a List of the Top 30 cities for dog bites. It may sound like a cliché to talk about dogs biting postal workers, however it happens all the time, especially in Denver. In 2013, 41 postal workers here were injured in dog bites. The most dangerous city in the country for postal workers was Houston where 63 postal workers were bitten by dogs in the same year. If you have suffered a dog bite, speak to a Denver dog bite attorney about filing a claim for compensation.

Mail carriers may be at a high risk of a bite involving pet dogs when they are on their daily rounds. However, preventing a dog bite involving your animal and a postal worker is easy if you take some simple precautions.

Make a note of your mail carrier’s delivery timings, and ensure that your dog is restrained safely during that period of time. If you are in the habit of letting your dog around you when you’re opening the front door, stop that habit. Dogs should never be introduced to strangers in a manner like this. Never open the door to accept a package from a postal worker without first restraining your dog. The postal worker would much rather wait for you to restrain your dog than have you hurry to the door and put him at risk of a dog bite. Make sure that your dog is safely secured in another room when a letter carrier comes along on his morning delivery. Ensure that there are adequate warnings posted on the property, and that there are ways for a carrier to inform you of his presence on the property.

Take these steps to protect your postal carrier from dangerous injuries that occur with dog bites.

If you were injured in a dog bite on someone’s property, you could possibly be eligible for a claim for compensation that will recover compensation for you. Schedule a consultation with a Denver dog bite attorney.

By: Dallas Norton

Dallas Norton, the founding partner of Norton & Bowers, has practiced law with a focus on personal injury since 1992. Mr. Norton has extensive Colorado roots including grade school in Arvada and high school in Denver. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School in 1991. When working on behalf of clients, Mr. Norton draws upon his extensive background in psychology and human resources.