When you meet an unfamiliar dog, you do not know if the owner has trained and socialized it. Despite the availability of how-to books and videos, not everyone has the patience to train a dog. However, all dog owners have a responsibility to make sure their family pets know how to act around people and other animals. At Doane Law Office, LLC, our legal team understands how important responsible pet ownership is for everyone's safety.
If a dog does bite you, The Association of Professional Dog Trainers has a scale for gauging the action the owner should take to make sure it does not happen again. Less than 1 percent of bites actually puncture the skin, but even if the dog's teeth only slightly come into contact with your skin, the behavior warrants immediate basic training.
A dog that bites you and leaves up to four puncture wounds that are less than half the depth of the canine teeth may not cause you any lasting harm. However, the attack is a sign that basic training will not be enough. The owner should seek treatment for the dog from a professional, and trainers are aware that the dog is dangerous and could bite again, even during training exercises.
Any time you sustain at least one puncture wound deeper than half the length of a dog's canine teeth, professionals warn that biting again is almost guaranteed, even with rigorous training. You should report the dog to local law enforcement and animal control right away.
An owner who decides not to euthanize the dog must keep it away from people at all times, even in his or her own home. The only time it should be taken out of the home is for veterinary visits, and then it should be wearing a muzzle. Unfortunately, this level of confinement is not healthy for the dog, and even worse, complete owner compliance with necessary safety measures is uncommon. More information about dog bite wounds is available on our webpage.