Although you may consider your dog to be a member of your family, dog bites have the potential to cause serious harm and can lead to costly litigation. According to the Insurance Information Institute, dog bites accounted for $530 million in homeowners liability claims paid out in 2014 in the United States.

Use these tips to prevent your dog from becoming aggressive:

  • Introduce your dog to various situations and people early on so that it won’t be nervous in new social settings.
  • Teach your dog to act properly at all times. When your dog exhibits aggression, even in a playful manner, put a stop to it.
  • Spay or neuter your dog to reduce its desire to roam and become aggressive.

Additionally, here are some simple tips to lower your risk of getting bitten:

  • Never pet dogs without allowing them to smell you first.
  • Don’t approach a dog that you don’t know.
  • Don’t turn your back to a dog or start to move away from one if you feel threatened. In these situations, dogs have a natural instinct to chase you.
  • Avoid disturbing a dog that’s sleeping or eating, as it may bite you out of fear.
  • Always leave dogs alone if they’re playing with toys or caring for their young.

For more tips on raising and insuring your dog, contact us today at 608-238-2686.