May 19-25 is Dog Bite Prevention Week. If you have a dog or know someone who does, this week is a good time to review ways to prevent dog bites. Although most dogs are well-behaved, even the calmest dog may bite if it feels threatened or afraid.
If you own a dog, keep these tips in mind:
- Socialize puppies so they feel comfortable around people and other animals.
- Train your dog to follow your basic commands, like “sit,” “stay,” “no,” and “come.” Always use a leash when in public.
- Keep your dog’s immunizations up to date, and see a vet regularly. Dogs that are sick or in pain are more likely to bite than dogs that feel well.
- Update your dog’s license, follow leash laws, and spend lots of time with your dog – including regular walks to keep your dog in shape and social.
If you regularly visit dogs or live in a community where dogs are common, remember these tips:
- Never run past a dog. Dogs like to chase and catch things, and they may bite if excited.
- Never bother a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
- Stay calm if a dog approaches or threatens you. If you scream, yell, or run, the dog is more likely to believe you are a threat and to act accordingly.
- If you fall or are knocked to the ground by a dog, curl into a ball. Use your hands to protect your head, neck, and face.
If you’re bitten by a dog, don’t hesitate to call an experienced Texas dog bite attorney for help protecting your legal rights and pursuing your legal options.