How to Reduce the Risk of Dog Maulings


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Shepherd attacks man on a dog show.

Joggers, cyclists and other on foot are always at risk for a dog assault. Here below, attorney Michael Ehline explains how consumers can stay safe from dog mauling.

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How to Reduce Injuries

You need to learn how to lessen the risk of or thwart dog bites when confronted with a dog on the attack. Many people are bitten and mauled by dangerous dogs every year in the State of California. In California counties like Orange County, chop downs can often happen at Goldenwest Street in Huntington Beach. Some dog bites in Los Angeles simply happen on the boardwalk in Santa Monica, by both loose and leashed animals.


Many of these attacks result in severe harm or mayhem to individuals and their children. Physical and emotional scars may remain from these onslaughts. There are many reasons dog attacks occur. But the risk of dog bites can be reduced with the right precautions.

Many cases like this end up in a law court with multiple parties fighting over who should pay you for your disfigurement, pain, and suffering. No one wins in the end. So education is the first step in having a hassle-free experience with man’s best friend, and descendant of wolves.

In any Event, Don’t Encourage a Dog to Encounter You Viciously!

Invading a dog’s territory, especially if leashed, and strapped to a pole for example, and then threatening a dog and its family should be avoided altogether. If the dog is lying down, you should always avoid approaching or bending over it. Teasing or waking a tethered dog from slumber should also be avoided. DANGER!


T o Prevent Dog Mauling:

  • Keep your face away from the dog’s face.
  • Stay away from dogs you don’t know or recognize.
  • Never shock or surprise a dog.
  • Don’t Leave your child unattended around dogs.
  • Never pass off aggressive behavior as “normal.”
  • Always let a dog sniff you before petting the dog.
  • Never move suddenly toward a dog’s face.

What to do if you feel threatened or feel an attack is imminent:

  • Don’t scream, yell, or run from the canine as this can cause it to set upon you
  • Avoid staring at the dog or extending your gaze into the animal’s eyes as this could make the animal take the offensive
  • If knocked over by a large dog, assume the fetal position. After that, protect your head and neck.

Dog Owner Suggestions.

If you own a dog, it is your responsibility as a prideful dog owner, to make certain that your dog does not pose a danger or threats to other individuals or their children.

Following these basic guidelines should help reduce your risk:

  • Spay or neuter your dog.
  • Avoid aggressive attack dog training, and rough-housing type plays with your dog.
  • Leash your dog at all times outside the home in an area your dog cannot grab hold of a passerby with its teeth, or claws.
  • But especially around children, never leave your dog unattended. In any case, it can quickly overwhelm an innocent.
  • Do not allow your dog to roam freely and keep it in a fenced and gated yard.

If knocked for a loop, or masticated by a dog, get expert medical attention. Afterward, see a serious legal advocate. Ehline Law Firm has such lawyers at (213) 596-9642.

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