According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, there are more
than 4.5 million reported dog bites every year, with 20% of all victims
requiring medical attention. This means that a lot of expensive dog bite
claims have been filed over the last several years. In fact, the AVMA
states that the average claim payment by insurers for the year 2015 was
So how can you avoid being held liable for one of these claims? There are
a few easy tips that dog owners can follow to help prevent dog attack
and a bite injury that they may be held responsible for.
Train Your Dog Not to be Possessive
A large number of dog bites are caused by a dog being possessive over something,
including food, toys, territory, or even its owners or family. This type
of aggression is commonly found in herding or guard breeds, but can emerge
in nearly any dog breed. Training your dog not to be territorial or possessive
starts at a young age, but following a few extra steps (such as making
your dog sit and wait while you put their food bowl down) go a long way
in preventing a lot of aggressive behaviors.
Spay or Neuter Your Pet
If you do not intend to breed your dog, having them spayed or neutered
is not only responsible, but decreases the risk of a bite. Many dogs can
become aggressive when they are in heat or caring for young pups, even
towards their own family members. Having them spayed or neutered removes
some of these aggressive behaviors and gives them a generally more even
Socialize Your Dog
Taking your dog on walks, trips to the dog park, in the car when you run
errands, and many other places exposes them to many different, sights,
sounds, smells, and gets them more comfortable with being around strange
dogs and faces. While it’s important not to overwhelm them, particularly
at a young age, lots of consistent socialization makes them far less likely
to act aggressively towards someone they do not know, which means they
will be far less likely to bite.
If you or a loved one have suffered from a dog bite injury, it’s
important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible, and then
contact a North Carolina injury attorney. At
Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau, we offer experienced counsel with a long list of proven results to help
you obtain compensation for your injuries. Our team has earned several
prestigious honors, including an AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
and being named one of the Best Law Firms by
U.S. News & World Reportfor the 2017 year.
Learn more about how we can help you!
Call Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau today at 919.701.8132.