Florida Parents: Do Your Children Know How to Prevent a Dog Bite?

by Carmen Dellutri on June 8, 2011

Port Charlotte personal injury attorneyDogs are wonderful animals and make great pets. Unfortunately, they can still be unpredictable. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 4.7 million dog bites occur every year, and the majority of those injured by dog bites are children.

“Half of all children will be bitten by a dog by the time they’re high school seniors,” said Dr. John Fraser, of the Texas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. “It’s so important for parents to supervise young children around dogs at all times, and it's just as important for children to be taught from an early age how to keep from being bitten.”

In order to keep your children safe, teach them the following dog bite prevention tips:

  • Don’t run past a dog because the dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch you.
  • If a dog threatens you, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.
  • Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tethered or confined.
  • Obtain permission from the owner before petting a dog, and always let a dog see and sniff you before petting the animal.
  • If you think a dog is about to attack you, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Florida animal attack or dog bite, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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