Dogs can provide us security, companionship, and unconditional love. But when an untrained dog rages out of control, it can threaten the security and health of you and your family. Dogs bite for a number of reasons. They attack out of fear, to protect their territory, or to establish dominance. Some dog owners mistakenly teach their dogs that biting is an acceptable form of playful behavior. The good news is that Ontario, Canada dog bites can be prevented.
A dog bite can often result in very serious and permanent injuries.
• Seek medical attention immediately.
• Get the name and contact information of the dog owner.
• Get the name and contact information of any witnesses.
• Report your injury to the police.
• Request a copy of the report.
• Take photographs of the dog and the location where the injury happened.
• Take photographs of your injuries.
• Do not accept any settlement or admit fault with the owner’s insurance company.
• Save any clothing damaged by the dog.
If you or someone you know has received a dog bite injury, contact the Ontario, Canada lawyers at Cariati Law today. Our Ontario, Canada dog bite lawyers would like to help.
Spay or neuter your dog. Dogs who have not been spayed or neutered are three times more likely to bite. Train and socialize your dog so it’s comfortable around different types of people and situations. Teach your dog appropriate behavior. Never play “attack” games with your dog. They need to understand the difference between play and real-life situations.
Be a responsible owner. License your dog as required by law and provide regular veterinary care, including rabies vaccinations. If you don’t know how your dog will react to a new situation, be cautious. If your dog exhibits aggressive behavior such as growling, seek professional advice from your veterinarian, animal behaviorist, or skilled dog trainer.
Never approach a dog you don’t know or that is alone without its owner, especially if the dog is confined behind a fence, within a car, or on a chain. Don’t disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies. Don’t pet a dog, even your own, without letting it see and sniff you first.
When approached by a dog you don’t know, don’t run or scream. Stand still with your hands at your sides, and do not make direct eye contact with or speak to the dog.
If knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears. Lie still and keep quiet until the dog goes away. If a dog attacks, decrease injury by “feeding” it your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything else that can serve as a barrier between you and the dog.
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