While many dogs are friendly creatures, some may bite out of fear or nervousness. If you were recently bitten by another person’s dog, a personal injury lawyer, like one from Therman Law Offices, LTD. may help you pursue compensation. Here are a few common myths about dog bites that you should be aware of.

A Dog Will Growl Before Trying to Bite Someone

Many people assume that a dog will only bite if it is growling at you. However, the warning signs of a dog about to bite may not be so obvious. Many dogs will attempt to back away, become stiff, yawn or shake. These are all signs of distress and should be taken seriously.

You Can Tell Whether a Dog Will Bite Based on the Breed

It is true that certain dog breeds are more prone to aggressive behaviors than others. However, it’s important to remember that all dogs are capable of biting. If they feel threatened in any way, they may bite. Therefore, never pet an unfamiliar dog, even if it appears friendly.

The Majority of Dog Bites Occur with Strange Dogs

This is another big myth. The truth is that you are more likely to be bitten by a family member or friend’s dog. That’s why you should use caution when you’re in a house with dogs. Don’t just run up to a dog and start petting it. Allow the dog to come to you and sniff you first.

If an Aggressive Dog Comes Near You, Run Away

If an aggressive looking dog approaches you, your first thought may be to run fast. However, running can actually entice the dog to chase you. Instead, stay still and don’t make eye contact with the dog. If the dog tries to attack, get down and curl into a ball.

Neutered Dogs Don’t Bite

While neutered dogs will typically be better behaved than intact dogs, it will not necessarily stop them from biting someone. Dogs need to be socialized properly to reduce biting incidents. 

What to Do After a Dog Bite

If you have been bitten by a dog, the first thing you should do is seek emergency medical care. A doctor will carefully examine the injury and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Then, consult a personal injury lawyer about pursuing a legal claim against the dog’s owner.