Posted by on Feb 18, 2013 in Family, Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

According to DogsBite.org, every year, 1,000 people in the U.S. suffer dog bite injuries that are severe enough to require emergency medical treatment, costing an average of $18,000 per hospital stay. This is a significant amount of money and dog owners should be aware of the risk associated with keeping an animal in the house, especially if they have small children as well.

One way to help reduce this staggering amount of injuries is to understand common reasons dogs may feel the need to bite. Because it’s impossible for dogs to communicate with words, their owners have to be aware of their pets’ body language and social behaviors.

Sometimes, dogs bite because they’re protecting a possession, such as a toy. This can extend into its owner’s property too, which is a result of their loyalty. Other times, they bite because they feel their personal space has been invaded. Other reasons dogs may bite people include:

  • Being too excited while playing
  • A person has hurt it
  • Its chase instinct was activated by someone running past
  • It hasn’t figured out how and when to bite softly
  • It was startled

Often, you can tell when a dog will bite beforehand by the way its behaving. Dogs who are about to bite may lick or bite themselves before biting someone else and sometimes unhappiness may even show in their expressions. Knowing the warning signs of when a dog is about to bite can help reduce the chances that you or someone in your family will be a victim of a bite. Remember, if a dog attacks you without your provocation, you can hold its owner liable for the medical costs you accrue as a result.

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