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Who Are the Common Victims of Dog Bites?

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Logan Fitzgerald

Logan Fitzgerald

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Who Are the Common Victims of Dog Bites?

Dogs are highly social and have an uncanny ability to empathize with humans. They’re nonjudgmental, provide unconditional love, and enjoy play. These characteristics make them the most favored pet of most human cultures. In spite of this, dog bites are common events that often require a visit to the emergency room. Who are these victims and why were they bitten? Here are three answers:

Children

Children make up the majority of dog bite victims. The main reason for this is their lack of skills on how to interact with dogs. They may grab the dog’s ears or tail or otherwise give it unwanted and overzealous attention.

Many adults aren’t particularly knowledgeable about proper interaction with dogs either. However, unlike many children, adults know enough to back off when a dog growls or bares its teeth. Small children have yet to learn this lesson, preferably from their parents rather than from direct experience. Children are also small, which may place them lower in the pecking order from the dog’s point of view.

The Family That Rescues a Dog

While rescuing a dog at an animal shelter from euthanasia is a humane act, it does come at a risk. The rescuer has little knowledge of the dog’s upbringing and whether it was properly socialized. While the dog may appear friendly at the animal shelter, its behavior under other circumstances isn’t known. The risk of the dog biting someone in the family or a visitor increases when the rescuer doesn’t take into account other factors that contribute to dog aggressiveness such as its sex, whether it’s been neutered, and its breed.

Anyone Who Doesn’t Know How to Deal with Dog Aggression

In spite of leash laws, many dog owners fail to leash or fence in their dogs. This is why people who do a lot of walking or jogging will eventually encounter an aggressive dog on the street. What they do or fail to do can strongly influence the outcome of the encounter. For example, attempting to run away encourages most dogs to give chase and act aggressively. Failing to stand their ground or making direct eye contact can incite the dog to attack.

The above illustrate that anyone can be a victim of a dog bite, even by¬†your dog. If your dog has a bite history or happens to be on the list of “aggressive breeds,” your homeowner’s insurance may have an exclusion that applies to it. Do you have suitable animal liability¬†coverage? Do you have enough? If not, or if you aren’t sure, contact us at Xinsurance for more information.

 

Rick Lindsey
Rick Lindsey

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