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Posted on August 3, 2017 by

Steps You Can Take to Prevent Dog Bites

4.5 million people are bitten by dogs annually in the U.S. – most between the tender ages of 5-9. Surprising for many, more than half of these bites happen with known animals, with tragic consequences for all involved. The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman want you to know that a little education and training could help avoid the potentially disastrous consequences of bites.

1. Learn Body Language
Pay attention to dog body language – like humans, they have their limits and experience fatigue, grouchiness, aggravation, anxiousness, and fear.

2. Avoid Dangerous Situations

• Keep dogs away from large groups, overwhelming children, and loud noises.

• Never frighten/startle dogs.

• Teach children to keep their face away from a dog’s face.

• Don’t ignore incidents.

3. Know Fear Signs
Dogs will show they are uncomfortable in ways that, if ignored, can lead to bites. Be on the watch for:

• Barking or boofing (a low woof)

• Growling

• Showing teeth

• Air biting

• Nipping/biting

• Lunging/jumping

4. Be Conscious of Developmental Patterns
Dogs go through 2 developmental ‘fear periods,’ at around 6-11 weeks, and 6-14 months. Also be on the lookout in aging animals, as their fear patterns tend to escalate with age.

5. Beware Vicious Propensities

• Prior attacks

• Tendency to growl/snap

• Guard dog training

Fallen victim to an aggressive animal? The St. Louis dog bite attorneys at Hoffman & Gelfman are here to help. Contact us today.