Summertime brings people outside more, which often leads to a substantial increase in dog bite injuries. While this can be a scary thought, there are several things you can do to protect yourself from aggressive dogs. In this article, we take a closer look at how you can prevent dog attacks this summer.
Why Do Dog Bites Occur More Often During The Summer?
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology, dog bites are much more common in the warm seasons (especially for children). The nice weather means more people are outside playing, exercising, and walking their dogs. Generally, the spike in summertime outdoor activity correlates with an increased number of dog attacks in California.
Top Tips to Prevent Dog Bites
Keeping you and your family safe this summer from dog bites can be as simple as observing the following dog safety tips:
Both Restrained and Unrestrained Dogs Pose A Risk
Unrestrained or wandering dogs can be unpredictable. If they are lost, they may be nervous and hungry. These traits can make them more irritable and defensive. You also don’t know what type of history these dogs have (i.e., abuse or neglect), so beware.
Restrained dogs also pose a potential danger. They may be territorial or extremely energetic from being tied up for too long. No matter how docile a restrained dog appears, play it safe and don’t approach them.
Always Get An Okay From The Dog Owner
It’s important to ask permission before touching someone’s pet—this rule helps prevent dog bites and is especially important to teach to your children. Knowing when it’s not okay to pet someone’s dog can save you from a lot of potential pain.
Don’t Get Too Close
Unfamiliar dogs may be unaccustomed to the way you show affection. For example, kissing or hugging an unfamiliar dog could be a big mistake if that particular dog does not enjoy being face to face or touched in that manner. Allowing dogs to sniff you first and getting permission from the owner is necessary before getting up close and personal with your new four-legged friend.
Supervise Children Around Dogs
It’s important to keep a watchful eye on children while they play with or around dogs. Children can sometimes be rough with dogs and tease them without understanding the ramifications of their actions. Adult supervision could prevent dog attacks from happening or escalating.
Many animals respond to stimulation and noise, so teach your children to avoid eye contact and fast movement around an aggressive or defensive dog. If you’re motionless like a tree, the dog may just move on. If a dog knocks you down, experts suggest curling into a ball and using your hands to protect your ears and neck.
Contact An Experienced Dog Bite Lawyer Today
If you were injured in a dog attack, contact a dog bite attorney at Steinberg Injury Lawyers. We can help! Steinberg Law offers a free legal consultation and works on a contingency basis—which means you don’t pay legal fees unless there is a favorable resolution in your dog bite claim.
We understand the risks posed by negligent pet owners. Our dog bite attorneys work on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us now for a free, no-obligation consultation and discuss your legal options.