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Are You Ready for Dog Bite Prevention Week?

By Williams & Brown LLP on May 14, 2014

May 19-25 is Dog Bite Prevention Week. If you have a dog or know someone who does, this week is a good time to review ways to prevent dog bites. Although most dogs are well-behaved, even the calmest dog may bite if it feels threatened or afraid.
Texas Personal InjuryIf you own a dog, keep these tips in mind:

  • Socialize puppies so they feel comfortable around people and other animals.
  • Train your dog to follow your basic commands, like “sit,” “stay,” “no,” and “come.” Always use a leash when in public.
  • Keep your dog’s immunizations up to date, and see a vet regularly. Dogs that are sick or in pain are more likely to bite than dogs that feel well.
  • Update your dog’s license, follow leash laws, and spend lots of time with your dog – including regular walks to keep your dog in shape and social.

If you regularly visit dogs or live in a community where dogs are common, remember these tips:

  • Never run past a dog. Dogs like to chase and catch things, and they may bite if excited.
  • Never bother a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
  • Stay calm if a dog approaches or threatens you. If you scream, yell, or run, the dog is more likely to believe you are a threat and to act accordingly.
  • If you fall or are knocked to the ground by a dog, curl into a ball. Use your hands to protect your head, neck, and face.

If you’re bitten by a dog, don’t hesitate to call an experienced Texas dog bite attorney for help protecting your legal rights and pursuing your legal options.

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