A dog bite attack can leave your child physically and emotionally scarred for life. It’s imperative that your child understands that all dogs, including the family pet, can attack without warning. That is why your child should understand why dogs attack and how to avoid being bitten.

Where Dog Bites Commonly Occur

Statistics suggest that most dog bite attacks occur with a familiar dog, as opposed to an unfamiliar one. Dog attacks commonly occur:

  • In the child’s home.
  • At a friend or family member’s home.
  • In a park or along the beach.

Typical Warning Signs

You can’t always keep your child away from dogs. They should understand the warning signs that indicate a dog may be getting ready to attack. Common warning signs include a dog:

  • Moving stiffly or slowly.
  • Moving away.
  • Revealing its teeth or growling.
  • Putting its ears back.
  • Raising the hair on its back or neck.
  • Barking continuously.

Seven Things You Can Teach Your Child about Avoiding a Dog Bite

Though not all dog bites can be avoided, your child should know certain things about how to avoid being bitten. Here are seven tips to help your child avoid becoming a statistic:

  • Avoid any dog they do not know.
  • Ask the owner for permission before approaching a dog.
  • Avoid staring into the eyes of a dog.
  • Never tease or yell at a dog that is tied up, in a car, or behind a fence.
  • Never disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or playing with a toy.
  • Never tease, scream, or a poke a dog.
  • Tell an adult immediately if they see a sick or injured dog.

The Dog’s Owner May Be Liable

A dog bite injury can have a lifetime impact on your child. However, if your child is attacked by another person’s dog, you might be able to hold the owner liable for your child’s injury. Keith J. Stone and his team can help you build your child’s case and get them the compensation and medical care they are entitled to.

Mr. Stone is experienced in helping dog bite victims recover for their damages. He has defended the rights of countless dog bite injury victims and can keep you and your child from being taken advantage of by the dog’s owner and their insurance company.

If you or your child has been injured in a dog bite attack, you should call San Diego dog bite injury attorney Keith J. Stone at (619) 531-2022 or 888-59-HELP-NOW. He will ensure your rights are protected.

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