Sharing your home with a dog or puppy can be very enjoyable. When they are cared for well, it is hard to imagine a kinder or more loyal companion than a good dog. However, like nearly all animals, dogs that are mistreated or badly trained can be very dangerous. According to canine behaviorists, the majority of dog attacks can be traced back to negligent or irresponsible owners.
If you have a dog or are considering getting one, there are many reasons to train him or her well. Good training is a bonding experience that will improve your relationship with your dog. It will also help keep both of you safe. Last but not least, it will greatly reduce your chances of an unpleasant legal battle with neighbors who have been attacked by your dog.
Raising a Friendly Dog
Some of the most common dog safety tips recommended by experts include:
Socialize your dog. If he or she is not used to being around anyone besides you, he or she will probably become nervous around strangers and may lash out. It is ideal to socialize dogs when they are still puppies, but if you have adopted an adult dog, it is not too late to help him or she conquer shyness. You just need to introduce him or her to new people and animals gradually.
Enroll in a good training course. Even if your dog already knows basic commands, a refresher course can never hurt. It will also build the relationship between you and your pet.
Never leave a dog alone with a small child or infant. An otherwise sweet and mild-mannered dog can be provoked by small children’s unpredictable behavior and loud noises. Even leaving your dog alone with an infant for “just a moment” is not recommended; it only takes a second for tragedy to strike.
Contact a Des Moines Dog Bite Attorney
When a dog attacks a person who was not provoking him or her, it is the owner’s responsibility. If you have been injured by someone’s pet dog, you could be eligible for compensation for your medical bills and suffering. Contact Des Moines dog bite lawyers LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at (515) 705-0233.