There is a significant amount of controversy about dogs. Dogs are animals, and every animal's behavior can be random at times. There is no way to prevent all dog bites or attacks from occurring. Yet, it's important to be proactive when possible. There are steps you can take to prevent your pet from hurting other people.
It's important for you to focus on injury prevention to ensure you do not have to file multiple claims with your home insurance. What can you do?
Are Dogs Dangerous?
From a small dog that can sit in your lap to a larger dog that cannot, all pets have the potential to cause injury to people. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 1 in 5 dog bites requires medical attention. With 36 percent of homes having dogs in them, it is important to recognize steps you can take to reduce the risk of a bite occurring.
Warn People Not To Just Pet
It's easy to let your guard down around your own dog. However, when someone new comes into the home, that person needs to take it easy approaching a pet. Ask them to allow the dog to smell their hands with the palms up before trying to pet the dog's head. This allows the dog to recognize the person is friendly.
Realize Your Dog Is Protecting You
Yelling, fighting, or even just loud conversations confuse pets. Your dog is there to protect you. He or she views it as their job. As a result, they may instinctively act vicious if they believe you are at risk. When your pet is around people it does not know, keep voices low and the atmosphere positive.
Don't Encourage Aggressive Play
Some pets love to play fight. However, this builds up aggression in pets. Avoid this. Instead, encourage pets to play by running or even spending time with toys. This is particularly important for young dogs. You do not want to teach them that biting is okay in any form.
Other Tips To Remember
Keep the following in mind as well:
- Never allow a small child to be alone with a dog.
- Don't let a small child pull on the dog's fur.
- Introduce dogs to each other slowly.
- Never bother a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for its puppies.
Your home insurance policy may cover dog bites. However, there are limits to these policies. Do what you can to keep your dog from biting others to protect it in the long term.