It is always unfortunate when we hear about a dog biting a child, and most often it could have been avoided.
We can keep children safe and limit the chance of an incident occurring when proper education and management are employed.
Here's a simple list of Do's and don'ts.
Dog bites can happen for a variety of reasons such as
We expand on these reasons here: https://dogearlywarningsystem.weebly.com/dog-bites---why-they-happen.html#/
If a dog bite occurs, it is important to seek immediate medical attention.
For minor injuries stop the bleeding, clean the injury site with warm soap and water and apply a sterile bandage to it before going to a medical professional.
For major injuries call emergency services, while waiting for them to arrive apply pressure to the wounds to stop bleeding, if possible clean the injury sites and keep the injury sites elevated as possible.
In the following days, carefully monitor the injury sites. If you notice they're becoming red, painful, warm to the touch, swollen or if you develop a fever, go back to the doctor immediately.
There are 5 bacteria to be concerned about in the event of an incident
We added a new page to our education section titled "Dog bites and the law - liability and you" that we hope answers all your questions and who is liable if a dog bites or attacks.
Here's the link to the page: https://dogearlywarningsystem.weebly.com/dog-bites-and-the-law.html#/
And here is a summarized version of the webpage:
In short, who is liable is determined by multiple things like the location the bite occurred, previous history of the dog and if the necessary precautions were taken to prevent the dog bite.
If the incident happens on the owners property, the injured is there lawfully and the proper steps were not taken to prevent the incident from occurring, the liability falls on the owner. Regardless of if warning signs are posted
If the incident happens on the owners property and the injured is there unlawfully, the liability falls on the injured; regardless if warning signs are posted
If the incident happens off the owners property the owner holds liability if the were aware of the dogs previous bite history or likelihood of biting, regardless of any signs indicating the dog is dangerous ( Red bandana, "DO NOT APPROACH/PET" patches on harnesses or "DO NOT PET" slips on a leash or collar, as these alone do not indicate a dog is dangerous) and the owner did not take the appropriate steps to prevent an incident from occurring.
If the incident happens off the owners property the injured holds liability if the dog did not have a bite history or a know behavior that could lead to a bite and/or if the owner took the appropriate steps to prevent an incident from occurring; regardless of any indication that your dog could be dangerous ( Red bandana, "DO NOT APPROACH/PET" patches on harnesses or "DO NOT PET" slips on a leash or collar, as these alone do not indicate a dog is dangerous)