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What Makes a Dog Act Vicious Towards a Stranger?

Published on Feb 6, 2018 at 12:05 pm in Personal Injury.

Many people have dogs and consider them to be part of the family. Other people usually want to pet dogs and expect them to be safe. But sometimes, dogs bite people. These cases can be tricky, especially if the person who was bitten knows the owners. Even though these situations are uncomfortable, those who are bitten can seek legal aid.

The Omaha dog attack lawyers at Welsh & Welsh understand what you’re going through. Dog owners are supposed to make sure their dog is safe around others. We can help you get the compensation you need for injuries or damages you sustained.

Why Would a Dog Bite?

There are a few reasons why a dog would bite someone. These are essential for any dog owner so you can understand why these could influence a bite and what you can do to stop this from happening.

  • Aggression from Unneutered Dogs. Both male and female dogs can act more aggressively if they’re not spayed or neutered. Males will want to roam more and could act aggressively toward others and females tend to get more aggressive at certain stages of reproduction cycles.
  • They’re Unsocialized. Dogs that aren’t used to being around people or other dogs tend to get frightened by new faces. This fear makes them territorial around their house and could act out in aggression. They see the new face as a potential threat.
  • Someone Provokes Them. There are some cases where someone hurts the dog and it defends itself. A stranger could throw things over a fence, invade the dog’s personal space, or purposefully make loud noises at it. These behaviors will agitate the dog until it bites to get the person to stop.

How Can You Prevent Dog Bites?

To avoid these situations in the future, there are steps you can take to make sure your dog doesn’t bite anyone.

  • Leash Your Dog. When going outside, keep your dog on a leash so they can’t run up to people or other dogs. Going for walks and seeing other people and dogs is healthy for your dog.
  • Socialize Your Dog. This is best if you do this as early as possible. Take socialization a step further than going for walks. Introduce your dog to people and other dogs, so they’re used to being around others. Socialization classes will help your dog get over anxiety and fear of seeing new faces, which reduces their chances of biting.
  • Prioritize Your Dog’s Health and Safety. Get your dog spayed or neutered and keep them on a consistent schedule for food and exercise. Healthy dogs are less likely to show aggression and engage in biting.
  • Be Aware of Children. Don’t leave your dog unattended in a yard where children can approach them. Children often try and pet dogs, even if they don’t know them. It’s important to teach children not to pet dogs they don’t know, but there’s no guarantee they’ve learned this. Dogs who are approached too quickly by strangers, even kids, can result in a bite because they feel threatened.

Knowing what provokes a dog and the reasoning behind it will help prevent dog bites in the future, but if they do happen, they can be serious. While you may worry about offending the owners, it’s important to know you don’t have to deal with the dog bite claim on your own.