- Dogs typically don't like hugs and kisses, particularly when it's not on their own terms. Teach kids to respect your animal's space.
- Don't stare at a dog in close proximity to its face as this can be interpreted as an act of aggression.
- Dogs that are tied up, cooped in or curled up (sleeping or relaxing) may be more agitated if approached – they either want to get out or be left alone.
- Know that dogs don't only attack when they're angry (growling, barking, hair standing up); they can attack because they're scared; a dog with its mouth closed, eyes wide and ears forward may indicate that it's scared or worried.
Pets outside of the family
- Always ask an adult's permission before approaching or petting a dog.
- Never run or scream if a dog comes up to you.
- Always be calm around dogs and don't look them in the eye; they may see this as an act of aggression.
- If a dog starts biting, put whatever you have (backpack, stick, toy, etc.) in its mouth.
- Avoid dogs that are eating, playing with toys, tied up in a yard, or behind a fence; also avoid dogs who look ill or angry
- Never tease a dog by throwing things at it, barking at it, etc.
At Buckley & Associates, our attorneys are dedicated to helping dog bite victims recover the compensation they need. If you or a loved one has been injured in an animal attack, please call Buckley & Associates today at (206) 622-1100. We represent clients in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington.