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Why Do Some Dogs Bite? 5 Warning Signs You Should Know


Almost 5 million people a year suffer dog bites in the U.S. with 20 percent of those bites requiring medical attention.  Children tend to be victims of dog bites disproportionately – with young children being particularly vulnerable.  And dog bites with children, in particular, can be disfiguring.

Why do dogs bite in the first place?

  • Dogs can bite out of fear.  Fear of unfamiliar people or situations.  Make sure that your dog is introduced to strangers with great care.  Supervise those introductions.  If you sense the slightest risk of a problem – place your dog in a safe and secure location away from all guests.
  • Dogs bite as possessive behavior.  Make sure you start early in your training to minimize possessiveness.  If your dog needs to eat or drink – make sure that activity occurs away from guests or small children.
  • Dogs in pain can bite.  If you own a dog with a chronic illness or injury that makes handling them problematic – make sure you place your dog in a safe and secure location away from all guests – particularly children.
  • Motherly instincts can cause a dog to bite.  If you dog has a litter – be very careful with her when guests come to call.  If possible – restrict access to her and her puppies – particularly with children.
  • Dogs bite when humans mimic the actions of prey animals.  Runners or cyclists can look like prey to your dog.  So can small children. If your dog shows any signs of wanting to chase either a runner, a walker, a child, or a cyclist – you must take every precaution to prevent chasing and biting from occurring.

What are the warning signs that a bite is imminent?

Signs a Dog May Bite You:

  • Ears become pinned back
  • Fur stands up on the back of the animal
  • Whites of the eyes become more visible
  • They may freeze when touched and follow that action with intense eye contact
  • They may yawn – and they do this not because they are tired but to show their teeth

Remember – as a dog owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that your animal does not cause harm to others – and remember – when you keep others safe, you are keeping your pet safe as well.

If you or a loved one are ever bitten by a dog in Connecticut, it is important to seek medical attention and if the wound is a serious one, call a qualified Connecticut personal injury lawyer.  A knowledgeable Connecticut personal injury lawyer can help to ensure that your rights are protected.

RisCassi & Davis has handled hundreds of dog bite cases in Connecticut over our more than 65 years serving the people of this state.  Our personal injury lawyers have received significant local and national recognition for our handling of injury cases including:

  • Top listing in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Best Law Firms” and much more (for more on our honors and awards, click here).

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