A Washington dog bite attorney shares tips for both you and your children on how to prevent small dog bite injuries and avoid small dog attacks.

Seattle Injury Attorney: Preventing Small Dog Bite Injuries

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This week we have been discussing aggressive small dogs, and how smaller breeds like Chihuahuas, terriers, and beagles can still cause serious injury, especially to small children and babies. How can you help prevent small dog bites from injuring members of your family?

  • Educate your children about the potential danger of all dogs. Your children should understand that all dogs are animals that have the ability to bite. Teach them that small dogs may be even more likely to bite in situations where they feel threatened or frightened.
  • Never leave your children unsupervised with a dog. No matter the size of the dog, small children should never be alone with a dog of any size, especially a dog they are not familiar with. Even the most friendly dogs may bite if a toddler surprises them or accidentally harms them.
  • Teach your children the signs of dog aggression. Dog aggression looks the same in dogs of all shapes and sizes. Teach your family to look for bared teeth, growling, and raised hair on the dog’s neck and back. Also know that dogs that are frightened (displaying a tail between their legs) may bite, too.
  • Understand small dogs should abide by leash laws. Too often, small dog owners think that their pets don’t have to follow the same rules as larger dogs. However, keeping your dog fenced and leashed protects others from the aggressive actions of your pet and prevents dog bite injuries.

If you or a family member has been seriously injured by a dog—regardless of the size of the animal—you may need a dog bite lawyer. Washington dog bite attorney Andrew Kim offers free, private case evaluations to dog bite victims. Call our office today at 1.800.636.3676 to schedule your appointment.

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