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Preventing Dog Bites During the Holidays

DaschundHere is a simple truth: Dog bites are dangerous Whether you are bitten by a pit bull or a dachshund (the most aggressive breed, surprisingly), a dog bite can be disfiguring, not to mention incredibly painful. As the holidays approach and you begin planning your celebrations, it’s important to remember that dog bites can be prevented. Especially when the dog is your own.

No matter how friendly your dog is, the stress of the holidays can bring about behavioral changes in your animal. With the fast pace of the season, your dog can easily become stressed or even frightened. The friendliest dog may lash out due to a mood change or a perceived need to protect itself. Do yourself and your guests a favor by learning how to read your dog and take the appropriate steps to keep everyone protected.

  1. Stick to a Routine

Dogs are creatures of habit. You know this. Think of how many times your dog has woken you up just a minute before your alarm has gone off. Think of how often your dog runs into its kennel when it’s time for you to go to work. Dogs love routine and predictability. Try to stick to your dog’s routine as much as possible during the holiday season.

  1. Kennels are a Safe Place

If you are going to be having guests for the holidays, consider putting your dog in its kennel while people are in your home. Your dog can get overwhelmed quickly if it is not used to having a house full of people. Your dog’s kennel is its safe place.

  1. Set Ground Rules

Talk to family and friends before they arrive. If your dog does not like its ears touched, make sure your guests know it. If your dog gets a bit touchy about having its tail pulled, speak up. Your dog should never be subjected to or forced to tolerate things it doesn’t like.

  1. Boarding

If you do not have a kennel for your dog and you are worried about the stress it will be put under during your holiday gathering, consider a boarding kennel. You may feel a bit guilty at first, but consider that your dog and your guests will all be safe. A boarding kennel may be the perfect answer for everyone.

You may have the friendliest dog in the world, but even friendly dogs can lash out when stressed or provoked. Take steps to keep your dog as stress-free as possible during the holiday season. You, your dog and your guests will all be the better for it.

If you have suffered a dog bite, you need a personal injury attorney on your side. Call our offices today for a free case evaluation. Our team of attorneys is here for you. Call now.

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