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Protecting Kids From Dog Bites

For many animal lovers, dogs are more than just man’s best friend: they’re members of the family. It can be hard to remember that dogs are, in fact, animals who are prone to unpredictable behavior. Given the fact that children can also act unpredictably, it is no surprise that children are often the subject of dog bites. While it’s impossible to protect your kids from every hazard, teaching them how to avoid dog bites is something every parent should do. Here are a few ways to protect them.

Educate Kids About Warning Signs

Dogs lash out when they are hungry, scared or angry. They don’t often attack without giving warning signs first, though. Educate your children about the warning signs dogs give off, like growls, putting their tail between their legs, or their fur on their back standing up. This isn’t a foolproof science, but they can be the red flags needed for little ones to back off.

Discourage Socializing with Strange Dogs

For kids who love animals, a walk in the park can be an exciting way to pet all kinds of friendly dogs. Unfortunately, though, setting up the idea that all dogs are friendly and safe to pet can lead to children approaching the wrong dog. Instead, allow kids to pet only their own dogs and the dogs you know have been adequately trained and are restrained by the owner.

Keep Dogs Restrained

Never leave your child alone with a dog, especially young children. When guests bring dogs into your home, ask that they stay on a leash or behind a baby gate. It might seem a bit extreme, but such measures can ensure your children stay safe.

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If the owner of the dog was careless, and their negligence led to your injury, you may be able to make a claim against the dog owner. If they knew of their pet’s propensity for violence and did nothing to prevent the animal from attacking, they can be held liable for the incident. If you’ve been attacked, you should contact an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer to discuss your situation. We offer free consultations and our no fee promise means that you don’t owe us any legal fees unless we win.