While dogs are considered cute and cuddly in many people’s eyes, some of them will bite when they are stressed or scared. Getting bitten by a dog can be a scary experience and result in infection, permanent scars, and other complications. Below, the legal professionals at Paine, Kilpatrick, Coleman & Mahoney, P.C., in Tacoma, WA, provide guidance on how to prevent dog bites.
Preventing Dog Bites
Observe the Dog’s Body Language
Whenever you are around a strange dog, pay attention to how it acts. If a dog has a stiff tail, pulled-back ears, a tense body, or an intense stare, it may be ready to bite. Move away slowly from the canine in this situation. However, don’t turn your back or run away, as the canine may chase you.
Never Pet a Dog Without the Owner’s Permission
No matter how friendly a dog may seem, you should never try to pet it without asking the owner first. You never know the temperament of a dog and how it will react around a stranger. If the owner says no, there’s likely a good reason.
Don’t Startle a Dog
Even the friendliest dogs can bite if they get startled. To avoid dog bites, don’t touch canines that are eating, sleeping, or taking care of puppies.
Stay Still if a Dog Approaches You
If a strange dog comes up to you and looks like it might attack, stay as still as possible and avoid eye contact with it. If you scream and move around a lot, the dog might get startled and bite. If the canine knocks you down, get into a ball and stay motionless until it goes away.
If you were bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation. The legal professionals at Paine, Kilpatrick, Coleman & Mahoney, P.C., have more than 100 years of combined experience in personal injury law and specialize in helping victims of dog bites. They treat all their clients with compassion and fight hard for their rights. To schedule a consultation with a lawyer, call (253) 472-3323 or visit their website.