Staying Safe from Dog Bites

The percentage of pet ownership has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the U.S. Humane Society. Along with this rise, dog bites have also increased, as have dog bite insurance claims. Here are some tips to help prevent dog bites from happening.

Situations to Avoid

You should never:

  • Try to pet a confined or chained dog.
  • Try to break up a dogfight.
  • Leave an infant alone with any dog.
  • Leave children alone with unfamiliar dogs.

Tips to Remember

Do not:

  • Tease a dog.
  • Surprise a sleeping dog.
  • Bother a dog while eating.
  • Bother a mother dog caring for her puppies.
  • Turn your back on a dog you’re afraid of.

What to Do in a Possible Attack Situation

If you think you may be attacked, the Humane Society offers these suggestions:

  • Do not run from or turn your back on the dog.
  • Avoid eye contact.
  • Stay motionless.
  • If the dog attacks, create distance by offering him something (such as your purse or jacket).
  • If you get knocked over, curl into a ball, protect your face, and don’t move.

You should know what type of coverage you have in case your dog bites someone. Not all homeowner’s policies cover dog bite insurance claims. If yours doesn’t, you should consider purchasing dog bite insurance.