There are around 350,000 to 400,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States due to dog bite-related injuries. Of all the victims of a dog attack, children are the most likely recipients to be involved. Psychologists and veterinarians from various institutions have performed studies and research to help determine what makes canines snap and attack. It is our hope that by reading this article parents can be more aware of the warning signs that a dog is about to bite. There are specific things that children may unknowingly do that makes them more likely to be bitten by a dog.
Why children get bitten by dogs
Children are less likely to understand the warning signs dogs show before they strike. Case statistics show that children under the age of 15 make up over 60 percent of all dog bite victims. The largest age group being between the ages of 5 to 9. Dogs bite for a variety of reasons ranging from being too excited, a hunting instinct, or because they are fearful or territorial. In most cases, a dog will provide some sort of warning sign before it attacks. This includes baring their teeth, growling, or becoming tense and putting themselves in a post reach to leap and strike.
Many young children do not understand when they may be in danger. Kids will often try to exert too much control over what a dog does and where it goes. This leads to a child pulling or pushing a dog into various areas, grabbing a dog’s hair or legs in an attempt to have the animal submit to their will. Children do not understand how strong an animal can be and will overestimate the actual control they have over the dog. For example, one-third of children report that they believe the dog obeys them more than anyone else in the family.
There is a variety of reasons why children get bitten the most. Another reason to consider is that kids are less likely to understand when they are accidentally hurting a dog. This sudden reaction to pain to be the final straw that pushes a dog over the edge and bites someone. It is up to parents and dog owners to ensure that all safety precautions are being taken when children and animals are in the same space. Unfortunately even the most trusted dog can act out of character and attack someone. This is especially true if they are not used to children and the unique challenges they can bring. If you or someone you love has suffered from a dog bite in Utah you have legal options. Consider calling The Law Offices of Roberto Hernandez today to speak with a legal professional.
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