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Preventing Dog Attacks: Tips for Pet Owners

When you welcome a new pet into your home, you are taking on a certain level of responsibility. Not only do you owe a duty of care to your pet, but you also have obligations towards the other people in your community. It is your job to make sure your pet does not pose a threat to anyone around you.

There are other articles on this website that provide useful information for behavior around dogs you do not know. However, the primary responsibility for stopping dog bites lies with pet owners. If you own a dog, please take the time to read this article and learn about animal attack prevention. If you have been injured by a poorly supervised dog, call Jacksonville dog bite lawyer Don Guthrie, P.A. at 904-296-1088.

Steps for Safety

Dogs that are well raised and cared for are less likely to attack humans. Whether you are planning to adopt a new dog soon, or have had a canine companion for years, make sure you are following these basic steps for good behavior:

  • Choose your dog wisely. Even within the same breed, some dogs are more aggressive or less social than others. If you have children or other pets, it is very important to discuss this with the store or shelter from which you are getting your new pet.
  • Stay current with vaccinations and vet check-ups. A dog that is in pain or one that is sick (especially with rabies) is more likely to attack than a healthy, happy dog.
  • Socialize your dog. Animals that do not receive a lot of exposure to other humans or animals are more likely to be anxious and aggressive around strangers. If possible, begin socializing your dog when it is still a puppy. For dogs of any age, obedience classes can be a great help.

For more information, contact your vet or a local animal shelter. They are excellent sources of information about dog training and care.

Contact Us

If you have been injured by a dog whose owner did not take reasonable precautions, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact Jacksonville dog bite attorney Don Guthrie, P.A. today at 904-296-1088.

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