Dogs are absolutely man’s best friend. Not only are they adorable and cuddly, but they can provide protection, comfort, and companionship. Unfortunately, though, dogs are still animals and if their owners don’t raise them correctly, they can become dangerous and have an increased potential to bite.
As a dog owner in Texas, you are strictly responsible for your dog, just as parents are responsible for their children’s actions. So, if your dog were to bite someone, not only would that be tragic for the person bitten or attacked, but you would be on the hook for any harm done. If a dog bite claim were to be filed against you, you could be required to pay the victim’s medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
What You Can Do to Prevent Dog Bites
As a dog owner, there is a lot that you can do to prevent your dog from biting other people, and most work is done when the dog is a puppy or when you first bring the dog home. You see, in many situations, dogs bite because of their upbringing. If they are not properly socialized, or if they are not around people enough, or if they are neglected or abused, they are more likely to become dangerous.
Some of the key reasons why dogs bite includes:
- The dog is abused by humans
- The dog is not properly socialized
- The dog is neglected and lacks human contact
- The dog is not loved enough
- The dog is kept away from people and animals
How can you help?
- Do NOT abuse your dog;
- Do not neglect your dog;
- Show your dog plenty of love and affection from day one;
- If you’re too busy to be with your dog, consider a doggy daycare or hiring a dog walker, or a local neighborhood kid to do home visits;
- Train and socialize your dog so they are calm around people and other dogs;
- Do not let your dog roam;
- Do not let strangers pet your dog without letting your dog sniff them first;
- Do not let people pet your dog while they are injured, sick, sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies; and
- Be extra careful when children are around your dog. Educate the children about how to approach your dog safely since children are most commonly the victims of serious dog bites.