Keeping trick-or-treaters safe from dog bites

With Halloween just around the corner, many individuals here in the San Fernando Valley are getting ready for the trick-or-treaters that may be visiting their house on Halloween night. For homeowners with dogs, the important preparations can go far beyond just stocking up on treats for the trick-or-treaters and getting their home decorated to match the spooky mood of the occasion. It can be critical for dog owners to come up with a plan for what to do with their dog on Halloween.

Halloween can bring a lot of people, sounds and sights a dog is unfamiliar with right up to a person’s front door. This could confuse or agitate a dog, which could up the risks of the dog biting someone. When dog owners fail to properly address these concerns, they could be endangering the trick-or-treaters that visit their home.

There are various things a dog owner can do to help protect trick-or-treaters that visit their home from harmful incidents involving the dog. This includes:

  • Keeping the dog away from the front door.
  • Keeping the dog in a closed-off area.
  • Closing the blinds in the area the dog in.
  • Having background noise in the area the dog is in (such as through a TV or radio) to mask the sounds related to visiting trick-or-treaters.
  • Not doing things that could make the dog feel especially uncomfortable or anxious, like having it wear a costume.
  • Giving the dog something to hold its attention, like a long-lasting chew.

A trick-or-treater can suffer significant injuries when they are bit by a dog at a house they are visiting. So, on Halloween, a lot can be riding how responsibly dog owners act when it comes to their dogs.

When a child is hurt by a dog when visiting another person’s home (such as visiting for trick-or-treating), there are various legal options the child’s parents may have available. So, in such a situation, a parent may want to discuss compensation-related issues with an experienced personal injury lawyer.

Source: Doggone Safe, “Halloween Dog Bite Prevention Tips,” Accessed Oct. 20, 2016

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