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Common Scenarios Where Dogs Bite


When people claim that they can tell what their dog is trying to tell them, it is not just their imagination.  Families with pet dogs have a familiar routine, and the humans and the dogs know what to expect.  They know who tends to be in which room in the house at which times, and they know where and when each member of the family likes to be left alone.  People outside the family have their own routines, but except with your closest friends, you do not really know about the little things that make them feel secure in their own homes; consider how awkward it is when friends or extended family members come to your house for overnight visits, even if you really enjoy your company.  Dogs don’t have the language ability to tell you that you are sitting in their favorite spot on the couch or soaking up the shade of their favorite tree branch in the park.  Instead, dog owners should communicate their dogs’ cues and routines to outsiders, and outsiders should learn to read the signs.  If you did not find this out until it was too late, contact an Atlanta dog bite lawyer.

Leaving Children Unattended With Dogs

The majority of humans bitten by dogs are children under the age of ten; toddlers and preschool-aged children are especially at risk.  Young children understand routines, but they need to be reminded.  It is never safe to leave your own children alone with your own dog, even for short periods of time, until your kids are old enough that you are sure that they understand what kinds of behaviors upset the dog, and you can be sure that they will not do anything to bother it.  It is never safe to leave your children alone with someone else’s dog.  If you do this, and the dog bites your child, this will count against you in the dog bite liability claim.

Not Taking Cues From the Dog or Its Owner

Dogs have individual personalities.  No two dogs are alike in terms of how tolerant they are of strangers petting them or what parts of their body they do not mind if people touch.  Some dogs love it when you scratch behind their ears, but others take it as a sign of aggression.  You should never pet a dog without the owner’s permission or when the owner is not present.  If the owner says that the dog likes it when you pet its back but not when you pet its head, you should take the owner at his or her word.

Invading a Dog’s Personal Space

Even though dogs are generally friendly with humans, they are territorial and do not like it when people, even members of their human family, invade their personal space.  Do not touch a dog’s food, especially when it is eating.  If a dog goes to lie down in its dog bed or crate, leave it alone.

Contact Zagoria Law About Dog Bite Cases

An Atlanta personal injury lawyer can help you if someone else’s dog bit your child.  Contact Zagoria Law in Atlanta, Georgia to discuss your case.



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