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Small dogs, negligent owners and serious injuries

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Personal Injury

Small dogs are often seen as cute, cuddly companions that make great pets for apartment dwellers or those with limited space. However, what many people fail to realize is that small dogs are just as capable of inflicting serious harm as larger breeds.

Unfortunately, small dogs are responsible for a significant number of dog bite incidents each year, often due to careless owners.

Owner negligence

Negligent owners are those who fail to properly socialize, train and supervise their dogs, regardless of size. This can lead to behavioral issues such as aggression, fearfulness and territoriality. These factors increase the likelihood of a dog bite incident occurring. Small dogs, in particular, are often allowed to get away with behaviors that people would not tolerate in larger breeds, simply because their size makes their actions seem less threatening.

One common misconception is that small dogs are less likely to cause serious injuries compared to larger breeds. While it is true that small dogs may not have the physical strength to inflict as much damage in a single bite, their small size and agility can make them more difficult to control once they become aggressive.

Dog bite injuries

Small dogs are more likely to target vulnerable areas such as the face and hands, which can result in painful bites and potential infections. MedlinePlus states that dog bite attacks impact children more frequently than adults. Furthermore, children have a higher chance of suffering a dog bite to their head, face or neck. It is important for all dog owners, regardless of their dog’s size, to take responsibility for their pet’s behavior. Owners should also be aware of their dog’s body language and behavior cues, and intervene immediately if their dog shows signs of aggression or fear.

In addition to training and supervision, owners should also take precautions to prevent their small dogs from becoming a danger to others. This may include using a leash and harness during walks and providing a secure and escape-proof enclosure when outdoors. By understanding the risks associated with small dogs and negligent owners, people can work together to create a safer environment for both humans and pets. Those struggling with injuries following a small dog attack should gather evidence and review the details of the incident carefully. If you or someone you know has suffered a dog attack injury, please contact The Law Office of Aman N. Shah for a free consultation as to your rights and options.