Dogs and Children: Reducing Injury Risks in North Carolina

As we recently reported, there were two devastating dog bite incidents in the Carolinas in recent weeks. Both incidents occurred to small children. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are more than 4.5 million people who are the victim of a dog bite incident every year. About 20 percent of these victims require medical attention. A large number of them are even forced to undergo reconstructive surgery because of a dog attack.
You’d be surprised to learn about how many children are involved in these incidents. Officials with the CDC report that children between the ages of 5 and 9 are more likely that anyone else to suffer a dog bite injury that requires medical attention. Our Asheville injury lawyers understand that owning a dog, or even interacting with other dogs, can lead to a dog bite when you least expect it.

Before bringing home a new dog:

-Make sure you talk with a professional (a professional breeder, an animal behaviorist, a veterinarian) to learn about which breeds of dogs are the best fit for your home.

-Remember that dogs that have a history of aggression are not suitable for homes with children.

-Pay attention to your child’s reactions. If you notice that they’re fearful or apprehensive about your new dog, wait a while before bringing it into your home.

-Make sure you spend an adequate amount of time before bringing a dog into your home. You want to get a thorough feel for the dog’s personality.

-Make sure you get your dog spayed or neutered before bringing it home. This helps to reduce the tendencies for aggression.

-You never want to leave young children home along with your dog.

-Avoid playing aggressively with your dog.

-Teach your dog submissive behaviors.

-Make sure that you properly socialize your dog before bringing it home. Teach the dog submissive behaviors, like rolling over to expose the abdomen and giving up food without growling.

-Seek advice from a professional if you dog starts to display angry or aggressive behaviors.

There are special tips that you should consider when dealing with dogs and children! Review the following if there are young ones in your home!

Dogs and Kids: Safety Tips!

-Teach children never to approach a dog that they don’t know.

-Never run from a dog or scream near one.

-If frightened, don’t move! Act like a tree!

-If you get knocked over by a dog, just roll into a ball and lay down still.

-Never play with a dog unless a parent is watching.

-If you see a dog you don’t know wandering around, tell an adult immediately!

-Avoid making direct eye contact with a dog.

-Never bother a dog when it’s eating, sleeping or taking care of its puppies.

-Always let a dog sniff you before playing with it.

-If you get bitten, tell an adult right away!

If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog-bite accident, call to discuss your rights at a free and confidential consultation. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

North Carolina Dog Bites Baby, Caution Urged, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, March 9, 2012

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