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Dog Owner Safety Tips

Eliminate the risks of having your dog bite another person. Here you will find some practical tips from both the Center for Disease Control and the Maricopa County Animal Care & Control.

  • Spray/neuter your dog (this often reduces aggressive tendencies). [CDC] and a dog’s desire to roam. [ Maricopa County Animal Care & Control]
  • Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog. [CDC]
  • Don’t play aggressive games with your dog (e.g., wrestling). [CDC] Don’t encourage your dog to be unacceptably aggressive. [ Maricopa County Animal Care & Control]
  • Properly socialize and train any dog entering your household. Teach the dog submissive behaviors (e.g., rolling over to expose the abdomen and giving up food without growling). [CDC] introduce the dog to different people and situations so it won’t be nervous or frightened in social settings. [ Maricopa County Animal Care & Control]
  • Train your dog. This will enable your family to learn to teach the dog manners and be able to safely control it. Attending a class along with other dogs and people will help socialize your dog. [ Maricopa County Animal Care & Control]
  • Immediately seek professional advice (e.g., from veterinarians, animal behaviorists, or responsible breeders) if the dog develops aggressive or undesirable behaviors. [CDC]
  • Before you bring a dog into your household consult with a professional (e.g., veterinarian, animal behaviorist, or responsible breeder) to learn what breeds of dogs are the best fit for your household. [CDC]
  • Dogs with histories of aggression are not suitable for households with children. [CDC]
  • Be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog. If a child seems frightened by dogs, wait before bringing a dog into your household. [CDC]
  • Spend time with a dog before buying or adopting it. Use caution when bringing a dog into a household with an infant or toddler. [CDC]

For more information on dog bites and dog attacked, or for a free consultation with experienced dog bite attorneys, please call our office at (602) 483-6114.