Dogs are beloved pets and companions for many of us, and no one likes to think that their dog could be capable of biting another person. However, the reality is that no matter how friendly a dog is with strangers, all dogs are capable of biting someone in the right circumstances.
Dog bites can be painful and costly to treat
New York residents who are victims of a dog bite often suffer serious consequences. The high cost of the medical treatment alone can cause major stress, while the mental and emotional effects may never go away. Many dog bite victims are left with a permanent fear of dogs, even if they were former dog owners themselves.
Some of the most common reasons that dogs bite include:
Fear is one of the main reasons that dogs bite. They may perceive someone who is invading their space as threatening. Biting is a dog’s way of telling a person to get away from them or give them more space. Dogs who experiencing pain from an injury or illness have a higher chance of biting, especially if they are fearful that someone may touch them, increasing their pain.
Dogs who are abruptly startled may also react by biting. A dog who is peacefully sleeping and suddenly awakened may be disoriented and react by biting the nearest person. Dogs who are near items they consider important, such as food, toys, or their owner, are more likely to bite, as well.
Dogs can bite while playing
Sometimes dogs may bite while they are playing, not realizing that they may harm the person they are playing with. This is referred to as “mouthing” and is something dogs naturally engage in this when playing. A dog owner who knows their dog sometimes plays rough has a responsibility to keep the dog away from people it may bite while playing.
Compensation may be available for someone who sustains a dog bite caused by a negligent dog owner. Keep copies of all records and documentation related to a dog bite injury. A legal professional can review them and help you explore any potential legal options.