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Avoiding Holiday Dog Bites

older basset hound in front of christmas treeYour dog is your best friend and you trust your pet with all that you are. Your sweet dog would never bite anyone. If that is how you currently view your animal, changing your way of thinking could keep both of you safer this time of year.

While anyone with a pet may believe that their animal wouldn’t hurt a fly, the truth of the matter is that any dog can bite and will bite under a given set of circumstances. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, dogs can quickly get out of sorts. Your once loving and trustworthy dog could very well lash out. Think about it from a dog’s point of view:

Your house is normally fairly quiet. You have few guests and you rarely leave. The holidays have rolled around and there are strange sights and sounds. Your social life is on the upswing and guests are coming and going. For dogs, this can be stressful — and one thing is certain: a stressed out dog can behave in unexpected ways.

As a Guest

If you are a guest in someone’s home this holiday season and there is a dog milling about, resist the urge to run up to it and start talking in that baby talk that all pet lovers seem to adopt when they see a new furball. Instead, let the dog approach and sniff you. After it has checked you out, you should have a good feeling if it wants to interact. Pet the dog on the shoulder instead of the top of the head, which can be threatening.

Don’t assume that because an owner says their dog is friendly that it is. Treat every new dog as a potentially aggressive one. Your senses will be more in tune to any threats the dog poses.

As a Pet Owner

It’s true that you know your dog best, but there are a few things you can do to help alleviate its stress at this busy time of year. If your dog is used to calm and quiet, put it in a back bedroom with a radio or television on while company is over. If your dog has a crate, use that.

Ask that your guests not approach or pet your dog without you being present. Your guests may think you are being a bit overprotective, but it’s better than someone being bitten. Give your dog a bit of extra attention when the guests have gone to reassure them.

No one wants to ring in the New Year with a dog bite. Use the tips above to prevent a dog bite in your Charlotte home this holiday season. If you are bitten by a dog in someone’s home, you may have the legal right to compensation for your medical bills and more. Reach out to our team of personal injury attorneys today for assistance. We will speak to you at no cost and advise you of your options.

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