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Costa Mesa Dog Bites: The Right Way to Welcome a New Family Member

December 31, 1969

Many families got a new pup over the holidays.

They're one of the most heart-warming presents a family can receive. However, a dog can also be one of the most dangerous -- especially for children. It's important to teach our youngest family members the responsibilities and the rules around dogs. According to PETCO, a good rule of thumb is to not allow children to do to a dog what is not allowed to be done to a toddler. You don't want children to play rough with your new pup a pooch likely to snap, even if a child didn't intend to frighten the dog.
Our Los Angeles dog bite attorneys understand that there are millions and millions of people who suffer a dog bite incident here in the U.S. each and every year. There are hundreds of thousands of people who seek medical attention because of these incidents, too. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are close to 20 people who are killed because of dog bite injuries each and every year. Almost two thirds of injuries among children ages four years and younger are to the head or neck region. Injury rates in children are significantly higher for boys than for girls.

Luckily, there are a few safety precautions that you can take to help to keep your child safe around your new dog. Read the following safety tips and share them with the members of your family.

Dog Safety Tips:

-Before purchasing or adopting a dog, you want to make sure that you and the rest of the members of your family spend plenty of time with it. Make sure that everyone is comfortable with the dog.

-Be cautious and sensitive to the fact that children may be apprehensive or fearful of a dog. Keep an eye out for frightened behaviors from your child.

-Avoid getting a breed with a history of aggression if you have children in your home.

-Be sure that you have your dog neutered or spayed before bringing it into your home. This will help to reduce aggressive tendencies.

-Make sure that you properly socialize your dog before bringing it into your home. Make sure that it knows submissive behaviors, like rolling over and exposing its tummy. You also want to make sure that you can present it with food without having it growl.

-Avoid playing any kind of aggressive games with your new pup.

-Don't allow children or infants to play alone with a dog. Always provide them with the proper adult supervision.

-Never mess with a dog that is feeding, caring for pups or sleeping.

-Never approach a dog you don't know.

-Teach children to report suspicious dog behavior to adults immediately.

-Try not to make direct eye contact with a dog.

-If a child is knocked over by a dog, they should roll into a ball and lie still.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a dog, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights. Call (800) 872-5925.

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