What Causes Dog Bites in Wisconsin?
Dogs are highly revered for the love and companionship they bring to their owners. However, it does not take much for man's best friend to quickly turn into a dangerous adversary that can deliver a dog bite. Dogs by nature are friendly creatures, but their inability to communicate makes it difficult for humans to understand why dogs can sometimes become hostile. In fact, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), aggression is the most common behavior problem in dogs. Typically, dogs show aggression when guarding their territories, protecting their young and defending themselves. When dogs show aggression, it can be scary, and when they act on the aggression by biting, the consequences can result in serious injuries.
Warnings Signs of Aggressive Dogs
Although it is hard to determine exactly why a dog may bite an individual, there are several signs people can watch for before a dog may attack. These signs include the following:
- The dog moves away from the person;
- The dog moves its head away from the person;
- The dog has a pleading expression on its face;
- The dog starts biting, scratching or licking itself;
- The dog licks its chops;
- The dog yawns when a person approaches;
- The dog is injured or sick; or
- The dog is older and has minimal patience.
Any combination of the above signs may indicate that a dog is not comfortable with its surroundings and may lash out by biting someone.
Tips to Prevent Dog Bites
The following tips can help dog owners keep their dogs and guests safe:
- Secure the dog behind a closed door or in a crate while visitors arrive;
- Provide the dog with a toy or a long lasting chew bone;
- Distract the dog from focusing on the door opening by leaving the television on or playing music; and
- Inform your guests to remain calm and to not make many sudden movements while interacting with the dog.
Dogs make wonderful companions but they can also cause severe injuries to an unsuspecting victim who gets bit. It is the owner's responsibility to minimize the likelihood of his or her dog biting someone by taking the proper precautions.
Contact a Wisconsin Dog Bite Attorney
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a dog bite, seek medical attention immediately and then contact one of the Green Bay dog bite lawyers or Appleton dog bite lawyers at Herrling Clark Law Firm Ltd. today. We have several locations in the Wisconsin area including New London, Green Bay, Oshkosh and Appleton. Our attorneys will carefully review the facts surrounding your case and help you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries.