Approaching a Dog Safely
Dog bites are a common problem in the US, affecting about 4 million people every year. Legally the responsibility for preventing these injuries falls on dogs’ owners, who are expected to train them and keep them leashed while in public. Despite this, there are certain steps that anyone can take to reduce his or her chances of becoming a dog bite victim.
No matter what level of knowledge you have about animal safety, you are not to blame if you have been attacked by a dog without provocation. The Iowa dog bite lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. would be happy to review the details of your case to determine whether you have grounds for a legal claim. To learn more about the legal services we offer, call us at 877-327-2600.
Meeting a New Dog
For some people, resisting the temptation to approach and pet a dog is difficult. However, getting too close to dogs who don’t know you is very dangerous. Even a dog that seems friendly can become fearful and bite when a stranger tries to touch him or her. Whenever you meet an unfamiliar dog, remember these tips:
- If the dog’s owner is not present, stay away. Without the owner nearby, you have no way of knowing if the dog enjoys being petted, or has certain fears, or any other information that could keep you safe.
- Before getting very close, hold out your hand with the fingers curled inward. This gives the dog a chance to “get to know” you by your scent.
- While the dog sniffs your hand, watch his or her reaction carefully. A friendly dog will assume a relaxed posture, with a wagging tail and his or her lips pulled back in a “smile.” A scared or aggressive dog may growl, pull his or her ears back, and bare his or her teeth.
- If the dog seems unfriendly, drop your hand and back away. If he or she seems friendly, you may try petting him or her. Run your hand lightly across his or her shoulders or back; do not pat a dog you do not know on the head.
Unfortunately, we do not always get the chance to meet new dogs in the correct manner; sometimes unruly or unsupervised dogs approach and attack humans without provocation. If you have been injured by a dog, you may want to discuss your situation with a qualified Iowa dog bite attorney.
Dog bite victims can be eligible for compensation for their medical expenses, lost income, pain, and suffering. To learn more, contact the Iowa personal injury lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.