A Dog Owner’s Responsibility

When you welcome a dog into your home, you are taking on many important responsibilities. In addition to the responsibilities you have towards your pet, you also have a duty towards the humans in your community. Under the law, pet owners are legally required to ensure that their neighbors are fully safe from their pets.

If you have been attacked by another person’s pet, you may be able to seek compensation for your medical expenses, missed work, pain and suffering, and other losses. The Iowa personal injury lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. will inform you about your rights and fight to protect them. Call our offices at 877-327-2600 today.

Socialization and Training

If dogs are poorly trained or socialized, they may progress acquire increasingly aggressive and dangerous behaviors. Aggression towards humans must be trained out of dogs as early and consistently as possible, or they may become dangerous towards their families, neighbors, and friends.

Some methods that can help your dog learn not to bite or even threaten humans (unless they are attacked, of course) include:

  • Early socialization. The more time dogs spend around humans and other dogs, the less fearful and therefore aggressive they will be around strangers. If you have adopted an older dog, you can still socialize him or her. It will just take patience and small initial steps.
  • Establish the chain of command in your family. If your dog sees you as the “alpha” in his or her pack, he or she will have fewer reasons to threaten strangers. This is because protecting the home is the alpha’s (your) job. In addition, you can only teach your dog not to bite if he or she respects you as a leader.
  • Keep your dog restrained when outdoors. Even a gentle dog can become provoked or over-excited when outside and surrounded by strangers. Dogs should always be on a leash while in public. When you leave your dog at home alone, he or she will need a secure fence or he or she will need to stay indoors.

The only situation in which dog owners are not responsible for attacks is when the bite victim was threatening a dog or person. Otherwise, dog owners are liable for any damages their pets cause.

Contact an Iowa Dog Bite Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured by an unrestrained dog, the Iowa dog bite attorneys at LaMarca Law Group, P.C. will fight for fair compensation for you. Contact us today at 877-327-2600.

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