What if there was a way to protect your child from the physical pain and emotional suffering of a dog bite or domestic animal attack? While every attack can’t be prevented, there are steps that you can take to minimize the chances of your child getting hurt. Those steps include:
- Doing your homework before bringing a dog into your home. Talk to a vet, bring your children to meet the dog you are considering, and do some research into the different breeds that might be a good fit for your family.
- Teaching your child how to act around a dog. Specifically, tell your child never to approach an unfamiliar dog. If an unfamiliar dog approaches your child, tell your child to be still and remain motionless. Let your child know that it is never okay to bother a dog that is eating, sleeping, or taking care of puppies. Teach your child that dogs—even beloved family pets—are animals and they should not maintain direct eye contact or make loud noises that could startle the animal.
- Teaching your child to recognize the signs of an upset or aggressive dog. A dog with a tense body, stiff tail, or intense stare may be upset or aggressive. Additionally, a dog that growls or backs away should be left alone.
- Teaching your child what to do if a dog is upset or aggressive. Your child should know to roll into a ball and stay still if a dog knocks him over and that he should not run or scream from a dog who he thinks may attack him.
Even if you follow all of these tips, it is important to recognize that a dog bite or animal attack is still a risk for your child. Other animal owners may not take the necessary precautions and your child could still end up hurt. If this happens to your son or daughter, your focus must switch from protecting your child from injury to protecting your child’s recovery. Please start a live chat with us today for more information about how to protect your child’s rights and deal with the medical bills and lifetime scarring that your child may face. Compensation may be possible if you take the necessary steps to protect your child’s rights before the statute of limitations expires.