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Beware of Dog

Beware of Dog

Dog Bite Lawyer Des Moines, IA

Dogs are widely referred to as “man’s best friend”. Known for their loyalty as companions, and protectors, it is easy to forget that dogs are descendants from apex predators – wolves. Accidents happen, and when it involves being bitten or attacked by a dog, injuries can be particularly devastating, resulting in permanent disfigurement, scaring, and even permanent disability. As a dog bite lawyer from Des Moines Injury Law can attest to, when it comes to dogs, it pays to be cautious. Dog bite often happen when least expected, but there are steps you can take that can help decrease the chances of being seriously injured from a bite.

Be aware of your surroundings

It could happen at any time of day, but particularly at night in poorly lit areas, when visibility is low – look around in all directions and listen for the sound of potential canine threats that could be approaching where you are. If you are on a walk around your neighborhood at night, it pays to be aware of your surroundings. If you notice a loose dog that you are not familiar with, do not call it your way. If possible avoid the dog and notify local animal control.

Avoid contact with unfamiliar or wild dogs

Although many dogs are domesticated and relatively docile, there is always the chance of aggressive dogs on the loose in your area. If you encounter a loose dog in your area, it is best practice to make your way away from the dog, and notify animal control of the sighting. Aggressive dogs on the loose can attack you for no reason in particular. Play it safe and try to make it to a safe place, such as your car, home, or fenced in area so you can be separate from the dog.

Practice safe responsible handling techniques

Even if you are around a dog who you are familiar with, be sure to avoid the mouth area. A seemingly safe dog can bite you unexpectedly during play either provoked or unprovoked. If you are in a dog park with your furry friend, use particular caution around other dogs. 

Respect warning signage

There is often a reason for when dog owners prominently display a “Beware of dog” signage. It is best practice if you are on property with such signs to use caution. If possible, respectfully inquire with the resident about their reasoning for displaying such signage, and ask them to describe any potential aggressive tendencies that their dog may possess. You cannot be too careful when it comes to dogs who have a history of aggression towards other dogs, animals, and people.

Notify local animal control of loose dogs

If you notice a dog on the loose in your area, notify local animal control authorities if possible. The dog could be friendly and harmless, but it could be a dog who has aggressive tendencies. Err on the side of caution and avoid contact with the dog.