Dogs can be a great access to your life. Many people see their dogs as members of their families, and this is a good thing. Individuals who love dogs also need to be aware that with this furry addition to the family come additional responsibilities. And some of those responsibilities are very serious, Dog attacks and biting dogs, for example, are responsible for many major emotional trauma and injuries. Dog owners need to be aware of this and prepare for it.
Even the behaved dog can have a stressful moment where it strikes out and attacks someone. The attack can be serious and cause significant injury. Or it can be as small as a little nip that barely breaks the skin. Even little nips can be considered an attack and have negative consequences if you’re not properly prepared for it.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that just because your dog has always been gentle, the dog will never attack anyone. There can be a lot of reasons why an otherwise gentle dog may attack. Some reasons include stressful situations, old age, fear or illness. These are some of the factors that can make your pet act differently. When it is about being a responsible dog owner, you need to be aware of the things that can happen and taking the proper steps to keep your dog safe.
In Ontario’s Dog Owner’s Liability Act, you’ll be able to find out the details of the rules of dog ownership. In this law it says that despite the circumstance or the reason why the dog has bitten someone or another animal, the dog owner is still responsible for their animal’s actions. A lawsuit is possible if the grieved party wants the make the dog owner legally responsible for their animal fighting someone. The severity of the consequences of a lawsuit will depend on the details of the attack, the circumstances that led up to the bite, and the severity of the injuries.
Part of being a responsible dog owner is making sure you have control of your dog at all times while you’re in public. This is why, in many areas, dogs must be leashed when they’re being walked. Some dogs are so highly trained that they remain with the owner even without a leash. While it’s definitely worth spending the money and time to train your dog, you should do so knowing that even the best trained dogs could become distracted and do something out of character.
Even in free run parks, you need to exercise caution. While it’s acceptable to allow dogs to run free in these leash free parks, it is still your responsibility to watch your dog. Not every dog is going to get along with every other dog they meet. A dog that is feeling threatened could lash out. A dog that’s acting aggressively may be moments away from attacking another dog or another person.