Many Americans have a dog for a pet. In fact, nearly forty percent of homes in America currently have a dog for a pet. There are over 78 million dogs owned in the United States. They are known for being loyal, obedient, loving, and friendly pets.

Even though dogs are pets, they are still animals, and as animals they do sometimes bite. Dogs bite more than four million people every year in America. One out of every five dog bites causes injury that requires some sort of medical attention. The most likely to be bitten by a dog are children between the age of 5 and 9.

With such alarming statistics relating to dog bites, it is important to know how to avoid a Milwaukee dog bite. Some things to keep in mind when around a dog to reduce the risk of being bitten are:

  • Picking your dog. When you are picking a dog for your family, take your time and make a wise decision. Look for a dog that has a good, friendly temperament. Be careful of aggressive dogs.
  • Get to know a dog. Never walk up to a dog that is unfamiliar with you and try to pet him. Approach a new dog slowly and let him approach you as well. Take time to let the dog sniff and get to know you.
  • Stay calm. If a dog becomes aggressive, do not run away or scream. Stay calm, move slowly, and don't make eye contact with the dog.
  • Give the dog his space. Sometimes dogs like to have space, just like humans. Don’t bother or pet a dog that is eating or feeding its pups. If the dog is yours, take the time to learn when your dog likes its space and respect that.

If you have suffered a dog bite in Wisconsin, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Milwaukee dog bite lawyer at Hupy and Abraham for a free case evaluation. Call 800-800-5678 today and find out your legal options.