Often, we hear about the victims' sides in terms of dog bite cases. However, what can owners do to prevent their dogs from biting other dogs or people? Take a look at these tips below, courtesy of HumaneSociety.org:
- Spay or neuter your dog to decrease their likeliness towards aggression
- Socialize your dog, in a controlled way, with other dogs, people, and circumstances.
- Train your dog, and strongly consider completing formal obedience classes. The Humane Society goes on to say that "Never send your dog away to be trained; only you can teach your dog how to behave in your home. Note that training classes are a great investment even for experienced dog caregivers."
- Teach your dog how to behave. Don't teach them to chase or attack other things or objects, even for fun.
- Be a responsible, active dog owner. Make sure your dog is always up to date on their licenses and vaccinations. Don't chain them up outside all day or spend a great deal of time alone, because these conditions can often lead to increased aggressive behaviors.
- Keep your dog away from situations which they might find stressful, such as fireworks, busy parties, new and unpredictable places, etc.
Is it YOUR responsibility as a dog owner to make sure that your dog is a peaceful, well behaved, and safe member of the community. Your dog should not pose a risk to you, other animals, or other people. If needed, seek professional help from a veterinarian or an animal behaviorist to address and extinguish unpredictable, aggressive, and dangerous behaviors in your dog. Furthermore, in Pennsylvania, liability for a dog attack may even fall to a landlord if they know that the dangerous animal resides on the property. This is important to note if you have renters on properties that you own.
On the other side of this discussion, if you are injured in a dog attack, your claim for damages based on your injuries or disfigurement will be based on a theory of negligence, and will be very complex. You need an attorney that has experience in handling the difficulties of these types of claims. We will review the facts and analyze the law to provide you with a thorough evaluation of your claims. If you or a loved one suffered an injury or disfigurement from a dog bite, please do not hesitate to contact the law office of Attorney Douglas V. Stoehr. Attorney Doug Stoehr has experience in handling dog bite cases, and will thoroughly evaluate your claim. Call us today at (814) 946-4100 for a free initial consultation.