Ever since the 1950s, Timmy and Lassie have been the most iconic example of the perfect child with the perfect dog. And while other icons have also come and gone, the truth is that most dogs and most children, when put in the same room, have a less than perfect encounter. That is not to suggest even a quarter of those encounters are violent, but rather, that the ideal does not necessarily meet the reality. And dogs do indeed bite. Particularly when rattled. So if you’re looking to add a new “best friend” to the family, here are a few suggestions for how to safely manage interactions between your children and the dog:
- Be there. Even when you think the dog has been generally well behaved, absolutely any dog can still lash out if startled by an unexpected action.
- Teach your child to avoid close, facial contact with the dog. Unpredictable accidents do indeed happen.
- Be a model of positive interaction. Show your child how to care for the animal.
- Remind your child that not every dog is the same. A positive and modestly predictable relationship with your dog does not mean your child may have the same kind of relationship with another dog in the neighborhood.
If you or someone you love has been the victim of a dog bite or another personal injury, please contact the law offices of Beers and Gordon P.A. for a free consultation. Our firm serves all of Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Lake, and Brevard counties, including Oviedo, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Longwood, Winter Park, Lake Mary, and Greater Orlando. Our attorneys have over 50 years of combined experience ready and willing to go the distance on your case. Call us right away at 407-862-1825.