As a dog owner, you may not expect your dog to suddenly lose control and attack a passerby on the sidewalk. However, you need to realize that dogs can become vicious and attack even if they do not have a history of doing so. Additionally, it’s possible that your dog could be provoked by a loud noise or sudden movement and lash out. The end result of a dog attack is not pretty: dog bite injuries can lead to significant loss of blood and permanent scarring. Moreover, in the worst cases, a dog attack can even prove fatal. That’s why dog owners must take precautions to ensure that their dogs are properly trained.
Whether you have an adult dog or a puppy, the risks that the animal poses to people, especially young children, cannot be ignored. Depending on the age of your dog, as well as the breed, the frequency with which they attempt to bite could be a sign that something is seriously wrong. For instance, an older dog that tries to bite a person’s hand may be suffering from an illness. Even puppies that are going through the teething process should be trained so that they do not continue to bite people as they get older.
Proper training of your dog will likely involve socializing them so that they are less likely to be startled when they have to interact with people on a regular basis. This is especially important if your dog will be coming into contact with young children in the household or a mail carrier outside the house.
Another good tactic for training your dog is to provide chew toys. For puppies who are still teething, the chew toy can offer an alternative to biting people.
It is also important to teach your dog that there are consequences for acting out in an aggressive or dangerous manner. So don’t reward your dog with food or treats when it bites someone. Over time, your dog should learn not to bite people.
If you or a loved one was injured in a vicious dog attack, the experienced personal injury attorneys at Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC can help you get the compensation you need, want, and deserve. We have extensive experience handling personal injury cases throughout New Jersey. Contact the Bramnick Rodriguez legal team anytime for a free initial consultation about your case.