A Dog Owner's Guide to Dog Bite Prevention
No one thinks that their dog will attack another person. However, it is more common than one might think, and the consequences can be substantial. All dog owner's can benefit from this guide to understand dog bite prevention tips, and what to do if you get sued.
Dogs can be one of the friendliest pets to have around the house and children. They can be great playmates and fierce protectors. However, they are also prone to biting and attacking harmless people. The United States observes an average of 4.7 million dog bites per year.
As a dog owner, your furry friend might be your biggest liability. Dog bite lawsuits are an expensive affair. California’s dog bite law has a “strict-liability” rule.
This makes the owner completely liable for any bite or attack caused by their dog. An owner’s defenses are often weak against this strict regulation. It is thus important for dog owners to understand the behavior of their dogs. These dog bite prevention tips may just help you avoid a lawsuit.
Breeds Prone to Aggression
Although all dogs are prone to attack and bite, some breeds are considered more aggressive than others. Dog bite prevention starts with picking your pet. When choosing to keep a dog, it is useful to consider non-aggressive breeds.
This will also help you during a potential lawsuit. When a victim of dog bite claims damages to compensate for their expenses and suffering, it is usually covered by your homeowner’s insurance. However, some insurance companies exclude coverage for aggressive breeds.
The Centre for Disease Control has examined dog-related fatalities and compiled the breeds most often involved in these incidents. Some of these include:
- German Shepherds
- Alaskan Malamute
- Doberman Pinscher
Although it is not the primary reason for aggression, a breed prone to aggression may be avoided to make training easier. However, irrespective of breed, aggression is usually caused by the owner’s negligence. Whichever breed you pick, ensure that the dog receives proper training and discipline. You can also check with your insurance policy to make sure it covers a potential dog bite lawsuit.