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The Proper Way to Greet Dogs to Avoid a Dog Bite Injury

Published on August 23rd, 2019 by The Illinois Hammer Injury Law Firm

Those statistics surrounding dog bites in the U.S. may startle you; there are roughly 1,000 citizens that require medical attention due to a dog bite on a daily basis. While there’s no surefire way to predict a dog’s behavior, there are certain steps that you can take to reduce your risk of injury. Keep these tips in mind from our personal injury lawyers serving Aurora, Chicago, and surrounding areas. 

Step One: Ask Permission

The first step when you see a dog that you want to pet is to ask the owner’s permission. Although the dog may seem friendly based on their looks or even if they are wagging their tail, you have no idea how they will react when you try to pet them. The dog may be afraid of a stranger. The owner will let you know whether or not you can proceed with petting or if it is best to let the dog be. 

Step Two: Complete the “Sniff Test”

The “sniff test” is the dog world equivalent of shaking hands with someone when you meet them. Dogs have a great sense of smell and will feel more comfortable with you if you give them the chance to sniff you first. Slowly but confidently approach the dog and gently hold out your hand in a flat position. The dog will approach you and sniff your hand so they can get used to your smell.

Step Three: Slow & Steady

Once the dog has had the chance to smell you and seems okay with your presence, start with petting underneath their chin as opposed to the top of their head. Use a calm voice and don’t make any sudden movements that could startle the dog. 

Know that not every dog can be your friend, but you’ll increase your chances of avoiding a dog bite injury by following the above steps. However, if you or a loved one has been involved in a dog bite injury or accident, don’t hesitate to contact our personal injury lawyers serving Aurora, Chicago, and surrounding areas,  for a consultation. Even dogs that are familiar with you may become aggressive in some circumstances, so we suggest following these steps regularly.

If you do sustain a dog bite injury or a dog attack please seek medical attention immediately. You can also receive free  legal advice from our personal injury attorneys.

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