No one ever thinks their sweet, docile family dog will bite someone. However, the reality is that animals are unpredictable. This can range from uncharacteristically chewing a shoe or relieving themselves in the house to biting another person or animal. Getting bitten by a dog is a shocking and stressful situation. Educating yourself for the worst possible scenario that can occur around a dog will alleviate some of the anxiety in the case of a dog bite.
One out of five dog bites requires medical care. There are an estimated 4.5 million people bitten by dogs in the United States each year. Half of those victims are in between the ages of five and nine years old, and these cases often occur because children may not understand proper boundaries with animals. A serious dog bite may end up on the news, and the owner may face criminal charges or a lawsuit in civil court.
Do Not Provoke
A dog may bite a person as a defense mechanism when they feel provoked. Someone else’s dog may respond differently than yours to actions that are intended to be playful. A dog who has been abused may be especially sensitive to physical and verbal cues. Avoid yelling or screaming around a dog, hitting them, or staring. These actions may provoke a dog to bite you or increase the severity of an attack....