Dogs are generally not thought to be vicious animals that are out to attack humans. They are most often thought of as loving, affectionate pets that many families keep in their homes.
Unfortunately, there are dogs that tend to be aggressive. They can be seen growling, snapping, and barking at things that other dogs might not react to. These aggressive dogs are much more likely than other dogs to bite people.
Dog bite victims are susceptible to severe injuries that may lead to infections and other complications.
Dog owners who are dealing with aggression find it stressful and difficult. The dog owner may quickly become frustrated as he tries to keep the dog under control. This often leads to the dog owner giving up and giving away his family’s pet.
This does not always have to be the case. Before giving up on the dog, the dog owner may want to find the right treatment to curb the dog’s aggressive ways. Some of the methods to change aggressive behavior in a dog are:
- Treatment from a veterinarian. A dog’s aggressiveness may be caused by a health issue that needs to be treated. A veterinarian can evaluate the dog and complete a thorough checkup, which may discover a health issue that affects behavior.
- Behavioral training. Using a professional trainer for behavioral modification training may help reduce canine aggressive tendencies. The trainer will work with both the dog and the owner to correct the aggression.
- Medication. Dogs, like humans, sometimes require medication. You will need to speak with you veterinarian to decide what the best course of action will be.
It is the dog owner’s responsibility to keep his dog under control. Failing to do so may lead to an attack—and injuries for which the owner bears legal liability.
If you have been attacked by a dog, you need to contact an experienced attorney at Hupy and Abraham. For a free case evaluation and a copy of our dog bite brochure, call 800-800-5678 today.