What To Do If Your Dog Bites Someone

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What To Do If Your Dog Bites Someone?So many questions come to mind when you think about what would happen if your dog bit someone. What do I do to stop my dog? Is everyone ok? Do I need to call for help? Do I report the incident to someone? Could I get sued? Your dog biting someone could possibly be one of the worst things you could imagine. Not only could someone get seriously injured but your beloved pup could be taken away from you. It’s important that you know what to do should your dog bite someone.

What To Do at the Scene

Stay Calm

First thing to remember is to remain calm. It’s important that you don’t begin to argue because it may cause your dog to attack the victim again. Not only is this for the well-being of both the victim and your dog but also because the victim has to make the decision as to whether or not they will want to hire a lawyer and sue you for damages. Being polite and nice is always the route to go because the victim may decide to be nice back and not involve a lawyer.

Seek Medical Help

Get the victim medical attention. Be mindful and take them to the hospital immediately. It’s important that they get the bite mark checked and tended to. If you’re going along with the polite and nice route, you should offer to pay for the victim’s medical bills. This was not their fault and remember, you do not want to involve lawyers.

Swap Contact Information

Give your contact information to the victim. In some jurisdictions this is required. So be sure to give your name, address, phone number, etc. to the victim. Going along with this, you should also get the victim’s information as well as any witnesses.

What Do I Do If My Dog Was Defending Me?

Dog barking with teethIt’s quite possible that your dog was protecting you.Dogs attack because they feel their property or loved ones are threatened so their owner is assaulted, they are likely to go into defense mode. Perhaps you were being mugged or attacked and your dog was trying to help you which resulted in biting as a form of saving you from harm. In this case, it’s important that you leave the area immediately. You don’t want yourself or your dog to be harmed and hopefully the criminal involved is scared off. You’ll also want to contact the police and file a report. Make sure you are honest about the situation and try to be as descriptive as possible so you can help prevent others from being attacked by this criminal.

What To Do After Your Dog Bites Someone

A few days or weeks after the attack reach out to the victim and check in to see how they are doing. Show that you genuinely care about their recovery. However, be careful of what you say because it could come back to bite you in the rear (pun intended)! Remember that there is still a chance that you and your dog will face criminal charges or a civil lawsuit. There are actually three places where you might end up.

  1. Civil Court – Dog owners are responsible for injuries from bites in most states.
  2. Criminal Court – This is rare, but if the attack was serious enough or if the dog has a rap sheet you could be accused of a number of crimes.
  3. Dog Court – Animal control may pay you a visit and take action against you and/or your dog. If you are cited – you need to prepare a defense.

Now, back to being careful about what you say, express your sympathy and show compassion for the victim. These types of remarks won’t be used against you in court because they are acts of kindness. If court is not the route for you (and hopefully it isn’t) there is still a chance that your dog may be quarantined. Quarantine can be done at your own home, so ask if this is an option for your situation.

Locate Your Dog’s Medical Records

Make a copy of your dog’s medical records including rabies shots and give it to the victim. This will put their mind at ease knowing that they are not at risk for rabies.

Seek Legal Advice

There are many reasons why you may want to seek legal advice.

  • The victim has asked you for money
  • The bite drew blood or was a significant bite
  • You think your dog could have an illness/disease or perhaps rabies
  • Your gut is telling you that the victim has intentions to press charges
  • The police contact you
  • You think you might be facing criminal consequences

Contact Your Insurance Company

If you felt that it was necessary to seek legal advice you may want to contact your insurance company. Check with your insurance company to see if they cover dog attacks (aka dog liability). If you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance there is fair chance that you have coverage but it depends on the state and, commonly, whether the bite happened on your property or elsewhere. Some insurance companies even offer medical payments coverage which you can offer the victim.

Don’t Lie, Be Honest!

We know you’ll want to protect yourself and your dog, but lying is never a good solution. Many dog owners give false information or make untruthful statements about the dog’s history of biting, which can end up hurting you and your dog. Because this incident can lead to criminal charges you should avoid discussing the following things.

  • Who owns the dog
  • What happened
  • Where it happened
  • Other things involving the incident

We know this sounds ridiculous and that there are times where you’ll need to discuss the incident. For example, when you take the victim to the hospital. But when discussing it, try not to go into too much detail and blab on about it. Try to be brief but also make sure it’s the truth.

A Recap On What to Expect if your Dog Bites Someone [Video]

The video below from the Paw Report has a good summary of what will happen if your dog bites someone and also provides tips on how to prevent bite situations.

The Future for You and Your Dog

Your dog is now considered dangerous. You may know the loving, sweet side of your dog and may have an explanation as to why your dog bit that person but the sad truth is that those things don’t matter in this situation. The fact is, your dog attacked someone, and because of that, your dog is considered dangerous by the local government authorities. There are now precautions that you must take.

Because your dog has a rap sheet, you both could face serious charges in one of the three courts should there be a second incident. Unfortunately, you must look at your dog differently now. You must protect your family, friends and strangers from your dog. Consider taking your dog to an animal behaviorist certified by the Animal Behavior Society to help deter aggressive behavior in the future.

Does your dog have a history of biting?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. She has been writing about dogs since 2014, covering subjects such as dog insurance, training, health, accessories and more. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing canine products and services. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

Kimberly grew up in a family that loved Labrador Retrievers and remembers running and playing in the yard with them as a child. In 2017, she and her husband adopted their Coonhound mix, Sally, from a local shelter. Kimberly's research was put to good use since Sally faced some aggression issues with other dogs and needed some training to be an inside dog. She worked daily with Sally and sought help from professionals to help Sally become the happy pup she is today.

One of Kimberly's favorite pastimes is spoiling Sally with new toys, comfy beds and yummy treats (she even makes homemade goodies for her). She tries to purchase the safest products for Sally and knows that each canine has their own specific likes and dislikes. Kimberly is passionate about dogs, and knows the bond between humans and canines is like no other.

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Tracey Devine
Muzzle training. Not cruel. A tremendous aid to bite risk dogs. If done correctly your dog will accept & love the muzzle. My dog does. It was a lot of work & training over time. He associates his muzzle, with treats, a walk or a ride or a combination. So he wags his nub & comes to me when I pull his muzzle out.
Eli Richardson
It’s great you indicated to hire a law firm if there was blood involved n the bite. My brother’s dog bit a person, and the guy asked him for money for medical care. I will suggest he hire a lawyer because the individual might press charges against him.
I have just got a dog and it has not bit anyone so far and the perfect way to keep it from becoming an aggressive and mean dog, you have to give the dog love, give he or she lots of treats and take the dog on lots of long walks which causes the dog to become tired and gentle. The only time I notice my dog is looking aggressive or angry is when she or he hasn’t got exercise.
timothy driggers
adopted a pit bull bulldog mix less than 2 weeks ago. nothing but a bucket of love. female,about 2 1/2 years old. inside dog only. she has bitten a neighbor of mine and a coworker friend. bad bites. I am a renter been there 28 years. police were not called out. is it me or my landlord that would be charged in this matter,and should I consider taking the dog back. thank you.
Donald P Solinsky
Great article. My dog just bit someone while I was walking him on a leash. I told the person not to come too close because my dog is very protective. He ignored me and got closer and that’s when my dog bit him.
I walked into a domestic violence situation with my stepson completely unaware and they turned on me as police seem to always tell us and it is very very true Zayn they had two very big pitbull dogs they proceeded to let them out of their cages and ordered them to kill me for whatever reason hatred whatever because I’m the step mama and I was a very good one to him so why that happened to me I don’t know insurance will not cover it will not cover my injuries my bill’s nothing so here’s one more victim that gets to live with their injuries with zero compensation and no one that cares, of anybody that cares I feel for those out there they should have permits I did not even know the dogs were down there and that is the terrible part of it they were not supposed to be there so good luck and I hope nobody else has to go through what I did. Its sickening insurance gets out of it when there WAS coverage for this crime.
I lost my dog three months ago and after one month I hear someone is trying to sell him my husband went and he had him chained my husband went to him and he bit him on the hand I am very upset I love my dog he is a husky I had no trouble with him except digging my garden my husband left him there to go to the hospital the person who had him said he will bring to my house to see if he knows the house he promised this five days ago am still waiting what do I do and will bit again because my grandchildren love him and always play with him
Im not sure I understand…? Your husband went to hospital and someone was watching your husky?? Your hubby went to pick the dog up? and the dog bit your husband? or the person who bought the dog?
What state do you live in? Im sorry, Im just confused.
I was bit in the face by a dog I walk scheduled to walk for a service I was working for. The service responded by blocking me from the owner’s contact info and refusing to assist with my medical care at all. The bite became infected and I had to pay for everything out of pocket. It was a year ago and I’m permanently disfigured now. I don’t hate dogs, but I do hate their owners.
Wow sorry to hear that. Thats horrible, and you’re right (imo) for not hating the animal(s) but the “owners.” But imo I think the company you were using to get walks were wrong. But then again I dont know their policies or what you agreed to- knowingly or not. Do you even know if the clients knew that happened? Where did you meet to pick dog up? At your home? Im assuming, obviously, you didnt have their info? Again, I am sorry for what happened but I am glad I read YOUR experience…as I was just signing myself up for walks and babysitting. I have not completed the application but NOW I WILL BE SURE to read everything carefully. Do you mind if I ask what company you used? (IF you are legally allowed to say??) Hope you at least feel better. Take care and thank you for sharing your experience.
leo ballinger
my dog literally just bit someone and now im scared that it’s gonna get shot
There was an incident with my dog and resident in my condo building. I accidentally let go of his leash as I was entering into the building and then tried to catch my dog in the lobby. He thought we were playing and continued to run back and forth. I tried to catch him before a resident came down in the elevator. However, I was not quick enough and one of our more troublesome residents came down in the elevator and my dog ran into him. My dog jumped up and the resident was frightened (which I totally understand). I had to grab my dog away from him which resulted in his coat being torn and he incurred a scratch on his neck. He was bleeding and understandably upset. I was upset as well. I did not feel that my dog was attacking him but I do not want to take anything away from the victim. The police was called, I complied with everything and called my insurance company. The resident is pushing for my dog to be removed but my dog is not an aggressive dog. We have lived there for 2.5 years and he has never attacked anyone. He is very playful and has interacted with adults, children, and babies with no issues. I do not want to lose my dog and if my husband and I had the money, I would just move to house. My dog is my heart and I am scared to death that the condo board will try to make me remove him. The injuries were minimal but again I understand the trauma behind it because I was jumped by a dog when I was younger. Does anyone have any advice on how to move forward and still keep my dog? I offered the solution of only walking my dog with a muzzle but not sure if they will accept that as enough.
I had a dog (utd on shots) bite my young cousin. He ended up getting stitches and on the medication to prevent rabies. His mom said she didn’t want to file any reports. Because I had children of my own in my house I wanted to get this dog out of my home ASAP. I love animals, but my people are more important. I could not find a shelter or pound who would keep her for the 10 day quarantine and did not want to leave her in my home, around my kids. I found a vet who would humanely put her down. A week and a half later my cousins mom wants my homeowners insurance to pay, but now I feel like I didn’t take the right steps and will be denied. What is your thoughts on this? Could my insurance deny the claim all because I did not wait the 10 days?
I can understand not wanting this dog in your home after biting your cousin, but you couldn’t go out of your way to find a place to keep your dog during the quarantine? You clearly value your own convenience over the life of your dog. Also, there is no way to humanely kill an animal that doesn’t want to die.
Thanks so mcuh
Kimberly Burt
My daughter and her dog, a two year-old English Mastiff, recently moved back home as her boyfriend has relocated for employment purposes. The dog’s bed is in her bedroom as well as his food and water dish.

Yesterday, I was sitting on the bed while he ate, since her boyfriend left, the dog doesn’t want to eat unless my daughter is in the room. She leaves for work at 7am and doesn’t get home most nights until almost 9pm so I doggie sit. So the dog stopped eating and came over and stood in front of me and laid his chin on my knee while he let out the loudest and stingiest burp! I said, “Oh, xxxxx, you stink,” and giggled.

He lunged at me, without warning, bit and left bruising and drew blood on my ring finger. No growl, no bark, no snarl, nor snap, just bit. I got my son to take hold of his collar so I could get out of the room. I didn’t want to risk being bit again. It was the first time I have ever been scared or nervous around him. We closed the door to my daughter’s bedroom and left him in there.

I interacted with him later yesterday and all day today. Tonight, my daughter had something come up and she couldn’t make it home, so we put the dog in her room for the night but he barked around midnight so I went to check on him. He had food and water and was on my daughter’s bed. I pet his head and spoke to him gently before leaving and closing the door.

Then around 2am, he started barking again. I decided I’d go sleep in her room so he would have company. I laid down on my side with my back against the wall. He stood on the bed looking at me, tail wagging and long goofy tongue hanging out, and breathing fast. I attempted to reach for my laptop and he lunged and bit my hand. I was pinned to the wall, afraid to move. He wasn’t wagging his tail but his body language was like none I’d ever seen. He was almost rigid. I slowly pulled the sheet over my head. He eventually got off the bed.

I’m wondering a couple things.
1) Is it possible that the dog is feeling a bit of separation anxiety since his master left?
2) is it possible that the dog is worried that she isn’t coming back to get him?

If anyone has experienced anything like this or can offer some free, unsolicited advice that would be wonderful! Thanks!

Joanne Curran
I think you she be a little more worried aboutyour own personal safety in the safety of other people visiting your house first and foremost the reason why the dog is behaving like that is because it is being locked in a room for hours and not being socialized properly. I have owned many dogs and I have also seen many people leave their dogs home all day while they’re at work and then they start to act out around people because they’re not used to being around them. The dog shouldn’t be owned by someone who’s gone all day and all night and will only eat in the same room that it’s sleep in. This is not a normal way for a dog to live especially a big dog like a mast if I had a dog that was half Mastiff. No animal wants to be alone all the time or for long periods of time especially a big dog like that. Dogs have to be taken out and walked every day and every night.
Please help. I need advice.
Our dog is a 3-year old, 70 pound, neutered Scott’s-Type Standard American Bulldog. He has been with us since our daughter was a baby, and he helped me foster orphaned kittens, and foster abused hamsters with disabilities. He and my ESA feline are inseperable friends. This dog is my asd disabled husband’s emotional support animal, and was about to start his service dog training. I have never met a gentler happier more tolorant dog in my life.

Our dog has never gone after or bitten anyone or anything, until a couple days ago… When he bit two other smaller dogs. The two dogs he bit are small Dashounds/wiener-dogs, so there is a significant size difference. They were hurt pretty bad, and were rushed, bleeding, to the vet. I have since been told both dogs were released from the vet just hours later and that they will recover, but i have not been given any other details about their current condition or the actual severity of their injuries. I will say though, the amount of blood had me terrified that those little dogs wouldnt live, i was extremely relieved to hear they would be ok.

After the incodent, the little dogs’ owner took the time, before rushing her dogs to the vet, to get right in my disabled husband’s face and SCREAM repeatedly that she would sue him to the point that we would “lose our home.” Thebpolice had to make her leave. The next day she communicated to us, through a third party, that she had “no hard feelings” and felt “no ill will” towards us. However, my gut still says we are getting sued.

My husband’s anxiety is so bad from the incodent that he had been taking his rescue medication multiple times a day, when he normally only needs it once or twice a month; im becomming very worried about his health.

Let me take a step back though, and expand on some details here. The other owner and my family live in the same pet-friendly apartment building. It is worth noting that having current renter’s insurance is a requirement to live here, and that current UTD shot records and Rabies Vaccine certificates must be on file for each resident pet, with the landlord. We have lived here for arround 4 or 5 years, our dog has lived her for 90% of his life. The other owner just moved in about a month ago with her two dogs. We live on separate floors of the building, but have met before in the halls with no issues.

The incodent: I had just taken our dog to go potty out the back door of the building. We do this at the same time every day, in this same spot, using this same back door. Just as i was about to pick up after our dog, i heard the door behind me creak open and felt a hard pinch on the back of my calf. I said “ouch!” And turned around to see i had been bitten by a small dog. But before that thought could fully register, our dog had stepped arround me and grabbed the little dog.

All hell broke loose after that. The woman who owns the two small dogs fell (she has a bad knee but im not sure how she fell as i was busy trying to separate the dogs, and she was at least 5 feet away from the dogs and i) and at some point she also dropped the leashs of her two dogs. In the confusion, and with the two little dogs continuing to come at us, our dog injured both dogs, not just the one that bit me.

Once i got the dogs separated (the woman just sat on the ground screaming the entire time) i started shouting for someone to call 9-1-1 because both little dogs were bleeding. To make a long story a little shorter, the cops were called by several people and many MANY reports were taken. During that process i learned the little dog that had bitten me has no teeth (hence why i wasnt bleeding, although there is a slight bruise) and that little dog has a history of aggression and a history of biting other dogs, including other large dogs on the property (another resident said the little dogs bit his big dog repeatedly, and he warned her to keep them on a leash or “they will become a snack”). The police wrote all of these things down.

I have tried to contact my insurance company, but have yet to get a reply. I will keep trying. A copy of the official police report is on its way to me but i do not know how long that will take. I do have the case number though, to give to insurance.

The police did not take our dog, nor did they give any indication that they intended to. We were not given any instructions or orders concerning our dog. In fact, the lead officer was petting him all over and telling him he was a good boy. Dispite this i cant shake this feeling of impending doom. Ive been hearing all sorts of horror stories of people’s dogs being siezed and euthanized, in some cases without a court hearing. I dont think my husband could handle the loss of this dog, and i believe our dog only attacked because he thought i was in danger.

Our dog had no way of knowing or understanding that the other dog didnt have teeth. Dogs dont see their size differences, they only see another dog. And in this case, it was two other dogs…

I know i should offer to pay the vet bills for the other dogs, but we are on a very small fixed income and recently had some unexpected expenses of our own when our only car broke down. I have also been told i shouldnt pay the vet bills because the attack was provoked by the other dog biting me first.

It has even been sugested to me that i should sue the other owner for neglegence and for causing my husband so much pain and suffering and mental anguish. I am not going to do this. A court room is the absolute LAST place i want to be, and the stress it would cause my husband would not be worth any kind of pay out at all! Besides, i would have to be pretty greedy and cruel to sue a woman after her dogs were injured like that. I say, lesson learned.

But here we are now, feeling like we are in limbo, terrified that at any moment ther will be a knock at the door… Someone to serve us court papers, or worse, someone come to sieze our dog. I have been warned by the property manager to “watch out” and to “avoid” certain angry residents who didnt see the incodent but heard exagerated or false retellings through the grape vine, so to speak. I have been too scared to leave my apartment, the anxiety bringing out my old stuttering problem again.

The property manager, the other dog owners of the building, and I have taken preventive measures. All the dogs take separate routs out of the building. Potty time is scheduled. And we have been given a key to a private fenced-in area for us to take our dog to go potty.

I have also been considering a cage muzzle for our dog to prevent this sort of accident from happening again (no one has asked us to do this, it is my idea in an effort to be responsible in the wake of this horrible event) however, im worried about the muzzle compromising our dog’s personal safety.

The reason for my concern is that our dog has been attacked on three separate occasions, by three separate dogs (also residents of this building) who were each larger than him (100 pounds or bigger). While each time the other dog’s owners were able to recall their off-leash dogs… what if our dog was muzzled and it was just me there to defend him? From another dog that weights more than i do.

And to top it all off, i recieved an email from the manager (which is odd because she usually texts my phone) saying that she “talked it over with corporate” and that if i “decided it was time to rehome/move out”, there would be “no penalty” for ending my lease early. I thought it was an odd but kind gesture. Nice to have options and all that. But honestly, moving out hadnt crossed my mind. The email went on to say how the manager depends on me and doesnt want me to leave, wasnt trying to make me feel like we had to leave, etc etc etc.

It might be worth noting at this point that i also “work” at this apartment building to offset part of our rent. I do specific weekly and monthly tasks for a substantial discount on our rent. Thats the only way we can aford to live here, and this is litterally the cheapest place in town. Btw, this is a pretty dirt poor town. So, even if we decided to move, we wouldnt be able to aford the monthly rates anywhere else. And remember those unexpected expenses i mentioned earlier? Our bank account is dangerously close to zero right now. So we have nothing for first/last/deposite/etc on a new place.

But hey, the manager said he didnt want me to go/wasnt trying to make me go/needed me etc etc etc. Right? So no worries… Right? Well, when i texted her “thankyou, but…” and explained, the response i got felt less than warm. She continued to text me throughout the evening with different “suggestions” like, section 8, HUD, contacting the Housing Authority, renting through a “ma and pa” who may be sympathetic, and even Emergency Housing for Needy Families…

What? Sounds to me like she is trying to make us leave. Ive been told it might be because she cant evict us for this incodent? Y’know, because of the extenuating circumstance of the other dog biting ME first. But ive known this woman a long time, and it jist seems crazy to me that she would so passive aggressively try to push my family out of our home. I dont know what to think anymore.

So here i am, not only worried about losing our family dog, my husband’s ESA… But im also scared for my husband’s health, both mental and physical, while trying to deal with my own emotional trauma (this has not helped my PTSD), and worrying about finding a new place to live (which may end up being our car -worst case scenario-) ALL while preparing my daughter for second grade, which starts next week.

Please, does anyone have any good advice? Legal, emotional, etc? Has anyone been in a similar situation? Im so scared that i havent been able to eat or sleep in days, im frantically searching the internet for available pet-friendly rentals and legal advice, im trying to understand my city’s dog bite laws and how they apply to us, and everything has my head spinning. Theres never a good time for this sort of incident to occur, but man, this has got to have been the second-all-time-worst time for something bad like this to hit my family.

I know this was a long post. Im sorry. Thankyou for reading.

Linda J
Sweetheart, I am so sorry you and your family are going through this. I am going to put you on my prayer list, I know that prayer is very powerfull. Please try to be calm and seek out His help.
Hi there my dog ran up and bit a man the other day while out with a friend. Genuine accident where my friend hadn’t slid the lock on the gate all the way over while in the garden and he got out and ran up our driveway barking at a mam passing by, he came back as soon as my friend called him and she apologised to the gentleman. Then the police came. The officer told me the man had been bitten on the tricep area. The dog warden came out also and is satisfied with the adjustments we will make ie muzzle and heightened fence. But was told by police the man was bitten on the shoulder. As far as I know the gentleman hasn’t received medical treatment but police said I could be charged
hello, my dog bit a 7 year old today (daughters playdate) i had just finished explaining to her that, although, he looked cute and snuggly it wasn’t a good idea to pet him today cause he was under medication and i didn’t know what could be his reaction. I turned around for a split second and she decide to pet him and he bit her. I met with her mom at urgent care and offered my sincere apologies and offered to pay for the services and she refused, saying it wasn’t our fault and that her daughter should have listened to my instructions. I still feel horrible though, as this is the second incident. The first time my dog was under medication again and a child did the same thing. I am so nervous animal control is going to take my dog. Any advice? Thanks in advance
U should not worry. No animal control or police officer can remove your dog without a warrant. A judge is the only person who has the authority to do so. So if u are not being taken to court then u are in the clear.
A mother in need of help!
I have a very serious question to ask… my fiancé and our two kids (one boy-14mo & one girl-6yr) live with my fiancé’s grandparents for the time being until we find a new house. Anyways, my fiancé’s dog lives here at his grandparents house and he’s had him since he was about 16. This dog is not used to being around kids and we both knew not to let him get too close to the kids without supervision. Well, one morning I was taking my daughter to school and left my son here with my fiancé and when I was driving up I just hear nothing but him yelling at the dog and screaming “NO” to him and he sounded horrified. So I rush inside and my sons face was bitten up by that stupid dog!! Dropping blood, swollen, screaming, crying. I’ll never get the image out of my head. My fiancé told me he was just using the restroom really quick with the door wide open and our son was in the hallway “playing” with the dog, and then all of a sudden he said he heard them dog give out a loud growl and my son starts screaming! We took him to the hospital and had him checked out, but since my fiancé loves his dog so much he lied to the nurses and doctors about WHICH dog had bit him. To protect his dog, he said it was a “stray” dog in the neighborhood that bit him. I’m furious at this point. I want so badly for something to be done about that dog but I feel now it’s too late to speak up and I don’t want me speaking up to backfire on me and result in me getting my son taken from me. This happened about a month ago, but the anger I have towards this dog still burns inside and he’s just out back roaming around like he was before. All my fiancé did was beat him. That’s not justice and in my opinion that’s more torture than just putting the dog down.
We were enjoying the beach during the weekend and my friend brought her nephews. unfortunatetly one of the kids approached to my dog went she was eating and she bit her , I apologize for what’s happened, I also offered to pay the medical bills and they said the kid has a good ensurance so they won’t need help . After one month and half they called me asking me if I will pay for the medical bills , I said yes but please send me the invoices . They told me they don’t have bill for everything and they didn’t want to provide me the account info to make a deposit . After all, they send me the bills , the amount was more than they said and now I received a letter from an attorney law firm . What should I do? I already paid for the majority of the bills
Sheri ritter
Just wanted to talk to s omeone reguarding fog bite and if you know of a reasonable defense att
this had happen but it was a 7 year old boy and he had missed with her so yeah but know i can’t have my baby girl back.The SPCA had token her away and I had no choice but to gave up my rights ,They also changed her name . she was my only thing that held me together and with out her.I feel like there is no point to live , but I have a family.But they take a huge chunk of it .So what do I do?
I’ve been curious about finding a dog bite attorney to help us in case our dog bit someone. I’m glad you talked about how you should get legal advice for a dog bite, because I think it would be really helpful. I’m going to have to keep this in mind and hopefully never need a dog bite attorney!
Dog Lover
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A couple of days ago my Pekingese mix and I were out for our morning walk and he bit someone. She was a runner passing us from behind on the sidewalk. She scared the heck out of me because she called out “behind you” right behind my right shoulder. My dog was startled and jumped up on her, she jumped back and he nipped her shin. As far as I could see the skin wasn’t broken. I feel so awful about this. I apologized like crazy. She said it was ok and I practically had to force my name and number on her. Now this morning I received a call from animal control that my dog was reported. I’m devastated.
Cassie jones
Can u tell me what happened after your dog was reported? My dog got out and a lady was walking her dog and mine nipped her ankle. No broken skin! Just a bruise! I’m scared to death my pup will be taken
The other day on a run I came across two ladies walking their dogs. As I ran past the pair, one of the dogs turned and bit me on the back of my knee. The bite tore through my pants and broke the skin on the back of my knee. While I stopped to inspect the bite, the owner asked if I was okay, but minimal response was provided beyond that. This article would be good for all dog owners to read and have handy so that they can provide better assistance if a scenario like this were to arise. Unfortunately, I’m left without many answers at the moment and would have appreciated a better handling of the situation.
Emily D
My son-in-law got bit by a pit bull while doing a quote on kitchen cabinets at the homeowners home. She said she just got him two days before and didn’t know if he had rabies shots so he is having to go through all those shots. And now, the homeowner’s insurance policy says it doesn’t cover dog bites. What action can he take now? He does have a court date for the ticket the homeowner received at that time but don’t know if that will result in them paying his medical bills. Any thoughts?
My dog just bite my 1 year old nephew and im so sad. I scared that my dog might be taken away and put down. He has all his shots. He did it because he was scared i know this. We were all sitting on my bed and my dog was at the end of the bed. While my nephew sat on my lap he crawled off and then hopped up and grabbed my dog. My dog in return bite him because he was scared. I just looked away for second. And it happen he was biten underneath his right eye . And it is bruised and red. Looks like a huge scratch. My sister is so mad at me and my poor Mister Pickles. I dont know what is going to happen now. I dont know what i should do.
That all depends on if your dog has bitten before. If it had then it is your fault cuz u should have never had a child around that dog.If not then it’s an accident…
Leah Cox
My roommate has her first dog and can be pretty irresponsible with him. today she told me she was going to put him on his yard chord for a bit while she did homework. I was cleaning the bathroom and thought she meant she was going to do homework in her room or on the porch. she actually left the house without telling me and left him outside on his chord so I was the only one home without knowing it. A little while later like fifteen minutes I went downstairs and saw a package on the porch. While I was pulling it in the dog ran around the corner of the house (still on his chord ) , I was surprised to see him and even more surprised when he suddenly started barking at a man passing our house then he bit him on his bum ! I couldn’t see clearly a bush was blocking my vision but I dropped everything and grabbed his chord while apologizing . The guy was yelling at me about the dog and freaking out. I put the dogs inside and went and talked to the man to ask if I could do anything if he needed anything he said no but called animal control. I don’t want to be held liable for my roommates dog but I was told by animal control that I will be held responsible since I was the only one home. I’m at a loss I really am .
My dog was in another persons care for a week. During that time my dog bite a 8yr old while eating. The kid knows not to approach the dog while eating but did so anyways. Can they actually sue me and win if the dog was not in my care?
venessa Oliveira
I have a 3 year old pit bull< who has been like a brother to my two kids, and a therapist to me for my PTS. my last son born was when as a puppy we got the dog he slept with the boys and I. harmless in fact people say he is a chicken for a pit. now my boys play rough with the dog growing up 2010 we got the dog in 2014 my son was rough housing and gunner bit well it was more of a scratch on his nose, no stitches needed but hospital made a report. and in 2017 my friend child was over play with my son while her mom went to work, the kids played for 2 hours and the moment I step in the garage to put something away I heard a bark came in and my dog bite my friends child. now they took my dog quanintine 6 days cause I started the 4 but never gave him back took me to court the first hearing they judge agreed with pound to kill the dog. now my appeal is coming however its been one month my dog has been in a gaged no site of outside. this has been a real fight . they don't follow codes or ordinance of our county , the judge did not act bias or legal for he denied me a appeal said he was the appeal. he was the only judge would see at the appeal and his order would be the same. not true my the codes and guidelines to the state, it states that be a different judge
Josie Gil
Whatever happened?
Is he back home?
cebrina dosher
What if my chaweenie bit my 6 year old in the face just below the eye? They were relaxing on the recliner together then when my daughter tried to reposition the dog snapped at her, she has snapped before but never bitten her, just enough of a snap to say leave me alone, but today it was completely unprovoked. I am heart broken because I don’t want to give her up, but how can I trust her now….
Haley M Holm
Well, fist you have to watch his behavior as well as your 6 year old because sometimes it could be the dog or the child. Dogs can since things humans can’t so he was probably thinking and when she moved him he got scared and did the only thing he could. Which unfortunately is be protective and bite.
Christopher Lee Richardson I
I have a Service Animal who bit someone after a room full of people witnessed this person attack me. Dora,(Beagle Pit-Bull mix) did nothing until my wife pushed both me and the attacker away from each other,causing me and the attacker to fall to the ground. That’s when Dora bit both him 2x and me once. There was a police officer standing next to the owner of the establishment and witnessed the whole ordeal, and did not even question me after the ordeal, nor did he write a police report. However, he owner of the establishment has banned my Service Animal but not me. What do I do now? What precautions should I take? What recourse do I have?
Haley M Holm
Well, first you should always make sure your dog has his/her vaccines, next you have to train your dog, on how and when to attack on your command.
Jason Dolling
I’ve had my rescue dog for 9 years she is a jack Russel cross fox terrier. She is the most loyal and loving dog. I feel she is very well trained, she has one flaw which is she is not good with other dogs due to her being abused as a puppy. She has got better but it’s been hard. My dog was in my inlaws garden and someone walked in the garden and the dog barked at him then jump at him and nipped him, everyone made such a commotion that the dog got more frightened and kept barking and growling once I got to the situation with a stern command she sat down and was fine and even licked the guy she nipped. She has since had strangers walk into the house and she has been so nice and not done a thing. I’m am confused with this and my partner is scared as we are expecting a baby soon. Not sure what I can say or do so help the situation.
Haley M Holm
Your dog has suffered ptsd. Your dog got scared and wanted to provide protection for you. You have no reason to worry because your dog is loyal to you and will always come to your aid. Since he hasn’t done anything that means he’s scared your going to hurt him so he stays quiet. You need to slowly show him you love and care for him.
My Bear, 3 year old German Shepherd male bit a neighbor about two years ago. The neighbor walked into our back yard, the dog barked and growled , but the neighbor opened the gate and came in anyway. He was bitten in the arm, which required stitches. Animal control was called and Bear was quarantined for ten days. The neighbor felt awful, realizing he shouldn’t have come in the yard after Bear’s warning. After this happened, I got trainers and worked with Bear, doing everything suggested. Inside the house with me, he is the sweetest dog in the world. Fast forward two years, to today – Bear bit another neighbor in the arm. This time it was an elderly lady, who was talking to me over the fence. Bear lunged up and bit her for no reason. After talking to trainers again, they all think he is too protective/possessive of me, and there’s nothing I can do to correct this. They think if he was in a new home with me out of his life, he would be fine. Is this possible? Can I be his issue? And how on earth could I rehome him to anyone, knowing he could bite them as well?
Kristine M
I have this same problem but its with a 2 1/2 yr old Cane Corso/Boxer. I love him with all my heart but he weights 130lbs and he already attacked 3different 3ppl. I was in an abusive relationship and he has protected me for beat up by my ex. Because hes so overprotective of me, he’s attacked my new boyfriend who treats me and my baby like gold! My boyfriend is only 20lbs heavier then him and when my baby attacked my boyfriend the 2nd time it was SO bad that he had to see a plastic surgeon. How could I possibly find a new home for him with his size and knowing that he has already bit people? I would pay ANY amount of money to save my dog but what if I spend my life savings and still cant make my Ryder happy or make him stop biting the people around him?? I love my beautiful baby who I KNOW would protect me with his life more then some people love their kids but how can I justify it if he hurts or kills someone? Whose going to keep him while I’m trying to figure out what’s wrong with him. I don’t know what to do anymore.
I was as at the park yesterday sitting in a chair reading while my Aussie/Border Collie was laying on the ground next to me. She was on a leash. A little girl came running up to her to while making loud noises (kinda sounded like growling) and then proceeded to wrap both of her hands around my dog’s muzzle and put her face right up to my dog’s mouth. When she let go, my dog lunged at her and left a tooth mark just abouve her lip. Luckily, the mom doesn’t seem too upset. I gave her all of information, plus a copy of my dog’s rabies tags. I put my dog in the car while I was taking care of all of this. The whole time the little girl and her brother were going up to my window and telling my dog how bad and ugly it was. The mom also commented that the dog must not be used to children. I have four kids so the dog is around children most of the day. My dog has never acted aggressively toward anyone. It’s frustrating because I kinda feel like that girl attacked my dog. I didn’t say this to the mom. I apologized profusely and offered to pay for any medical bills. I was embarrassed, but also frustrated because people need to teach their kids how to act around dogs they don’t know. It has really upset me especially since I feel like I shouldn’t take my dog back to that park. Any advice? Thanks!
Crystal m
So please some one help me! My dog just bit someone that can take her in for the time being. And he claims she bit through his hand. Enough to go to the hospital. And she doesn’t have her shots yet. I’m trying to abide by what it says here by remaining calm and kind and nice. And hoping that he doesn’t press charges. I’m offering to pay his medical bills and all of that. But please someone help me. I’m at my wits end!
I have an 8 year old rescue dog named Zeus. He’s a Pit Bull mix. One day while I was not home, my roommate was sitting with my dog out on the front porch and out of nowhere attacked a dog being walked by her owner. The owner tried to force Zeus to let go by forcing her hands into his mouth and he bit her hand enough to draw blood. Eventually my neighbors broke up the fight. The owner took down my roommate’s contact info as well as our address but we did not get her contact info. Today an officer knocks on my door asking to speak with my roommate but he’s not home so I take down the officer’s contact info and relay that to my roommate. The officer also said that this was considered a dog bite. This incident happened 8 days ago and the 10 day quarantine period is almost up (even though no one has told me that Zeus needed to be quarantined). The police also said that they have made attempts to contact the owner but she has been unresponsive. The question I have is: is there a chance that Zeus may have to be put down. And, how do my roommate and I deal with a lawsuit if the owner decides to sue. We’re both poor college students and do not have the money to hire a good attorney.
Any advice would be much appreciated.
Joyce Pippen
My dog bit someone 6mo. ago and now they have sent a letter from a lawyer. They never approached us about any medical. At the time he said that he didn’t know if my dog or his dog had bitten him because he was trying to break up the dog fight. Since then I have put our dog down.
My neighbors dog bit me and even though it scared me I said it was ok because I like the dog. It has all shots and that but I did go to the doctor and had to fill out a report for the state about the dog bite. I do t want anything to happen to the dog which now I feel aweful about going to the doctors. Why do they fill out those poets if you do t want to file a report. They said I had to.
My brother’s 2 year old aussie is quite territorial and has nipped at a visitor before, but nothing serious, usually just a lot of barking. The guy she nipped was a burly Marine so we just assumed she was scared of someone so much bigger and and trying to defend her territory. She herds our cows frequently and likes to chase things. A few days ago she bit our goat on the leg – but stopped when we called her off and the bite was not deep. Then today she bit a man walking on our road hard enough to draw blood and did not stop the first time we called. We live in a rural area without much traffic, is it possible she was confused and just trying to defend her home? I’m very upset this happened, she does not mind very well but for some reason listens to me better than my brother.
My daughter and son in law have a 2 year old Doberman, the dog has nipped once and bitten twice just enough to break the skin, also has bitten my granddaughter 2 days ago she lives with the dog as well, just enough to lightly break the skin around her ear she is walking an is 14 months old, what is a grandmother to do? I think that the dog has had enough chances and should be gone. Any one have a better answer
My dog bit a gentleman that was walking by the house. He thought he was protecting our four year old grandson. The bite was on this persons calf. It did not draw blood but it was abrasive to his skin. I offered to take him to he doctor and have offered to pay medical and prescriptions. I even gave him a ride home. The bite victim has informed me that he wants compensation above the medical. I asked what amount of compensation he wanted as I would be paying for it. He wanted my insurance information to sue them. And that he will be seeking legal. I am at a loss here. I feel that he is using this situation to futher his gains. What recourse do I have?
Anna Meyer
I’ve got to say this because I am very angry after being attacked by an unprovoked german shepherd, unleashed while walking down a public sidewalk. I cannot even find out the owner’s name. Business next door to residence of german shepherd saw the attack and RESTRAINED the dog (They *knew* the dog, and their language left know doubt about it…a man had to get the dog OFF my leg) repeatedly witheld the owner’s name. I am beyond angry. Whoever owns a dog…DON’T EVER REPEAT this reprehensible behavior if you’re a respectful human being. I like dogs normally, by the way, but I was viciously attacked 2 weeks ago…lots of blood, puncture wounds and went to ER. These people in my case are cold hearted individuals.
Luka Baazovi
My dog (caucasian shepherd) is always chained except the part that i walk with him 3 times a day. there is one elderly man who was giving my dog some food around 4 months and today i dont know what happened. my dog went crazy jumped the fence and bit him on the arm. let me remind you: he was not only wearing 1 thing, he was wearing jacket and thick coat and when he bit him his teeth went right in his arm even tho he was wearing thick coat and when i saw his arm i almost fainted, his arm had that big scar because of my dog’s teeth. my family wont let me keep this dog anymore and nobody trusts this dog except me but i will call cops and they will deal with my dog maybe they will kill him, i will miss him but… i am sorry my doggie.
J Alm
How sad your dog was chained up all day. That was abusive.
Not if the dog jumps fences and bites people.
I have a 3 year old cockerspaniel and poodle mix. I’m a minor and i’m home alone so i’m not supposed to open the door for anyone. The UPS delivery man came and i waited for him to depart and i opened the door thinking he had already left but he was still there. I opened the door and my dog came out and jumped at the man, me thinking he hurt him said “oh my god i’m sorry” and i put my dog in the house. I waited for the UPS guy to say something but he walked to the UPS truck and drove off. The next thing i know is i hear loud banging and knocking on my front door. Me being a minor i was scared to open the door because i thought it couldn’t have been UPS because they had just come. I waited about 10 minutes for the person to go away and finally i went downstairs to see maybe who it was and i saw the UPS truck parked down the street and the guy getting in and i see a note on my door saying “We will file a police report for your dog biting UPS.” Mind you i’m a minor so I am very scared. What do i do?
I have a shitzu pekingese for 7 years and my dog attacked this guy who was returning a baby carseat I let them borrow for over a year. I didn’t let him in as my dog is barking heavily and it’s his first time coming in my house so I decided to meet him in my front door but my dog is fast to sneak out. When I opened the door my dog attacked the guy right thru his legs but he’s wearing jeans, no blood, no cut skin but it leaves a bite mark. He was so mad that he didn’t accept my apologies and told me to report to the authorities…that day a bylaw officer came into my house getting my statements but because I am a friend of his wife no charges laid on, but the sad thing is he went to the office at my work and reported the incident. I am running a day home for over 2 years and my day home kids never bitten by my shitzu but then my dog attack so I have to choose to get rid of my dog or quit my day home. We gave our dog to our daughter on her 1st bday and now she’s 8 years old, she even asked me to quit the day home and let her dog stay and my heart was broken and I think the guy went too far that he has no right to report this at my work.
Araceli Medrano
I have a 4 year old chow I’ve had him since he was 6 months old. He’s not always the friendliest dog especially around strangers. About a month ago my best friend whom I’ve known for eight years, came over my house and when she got there apparently my dog was eating a sandwich and my friend tried taking it from him as he’s eating it and he bit her. I took her to the emergency she got her wounds cleaned up and had to take the rest of the week off from work. I was willing to pay for the medial bills but she said that her insurance covered everything no need to pay. I apologized many times and offered to compensate the hours of work she lost that week and she refused. I would text her at least once a week to check up on her recovery. Four weeks after the incident she gets a lawyer and makes a claim against me. My family has helped her financially, helped her family in any need for 8 years and we offered to compensate the damage, medical, and work and she refused, in the end she did this. I don’t know who’s right or wrong here in this situation but I’m more hurt that our 8 years friendship ended with this. I really don’t know what to do.
The Real Truth
A neighbor was caring for my 4 dogs while I was out of state (I live in Michigan). While she was in our barn to feed the dogs. The 2 male dogs began fighting and she attempted to pull them apart by the collar and was bitten. She is now blaming us for the bite. Do we have any legal liability?
I read a long time ago of a very old elderly woman who walked her small dog.

The dog wandered or leash dropped and dog went on front lawn of a home with a pitbull or rottweiler chained out from and not in the rear of the yard. The old woman’s dog was killed by them, and she tried to do what she could to save the dog and went up into the owners property to do so, in return she was severely bitten, scared and mauled by the attack dogs. The story lingered on in the papers and on tv news for weeks. She had no case against the owner of the property. The owners claimed the dog was defending his home. That her dog trespassed. That she knew the danger of breaking up a dog fight and should not have. That she had trespassed and caused the enter incident to infold. that if they had to shell out for anything, that she should have to reimburse them since she was the root cause of the overall incident. The District Attorney and no civil attorneys gave advice as this column news video did – that if your dog bites someone even though it’s on your property you have to pay for it even though they trespassed. In fact, states like Massachusetts have a clause in their law that all states should have – in that if some one deliberately and premeditatedly teases the animal so as to aggravate them into biting them a viable liability defense occurs. Thus when in other incidents the owner a dog is walking their dog down the street on a leash and finds that the dog is being pelted by fresh kids throwing small or large rocks at the dog so as to get the dog to act up, or in the city when they throw them at horses so as they will toss the rider off the back and cause back spine and paralyzing injury that off the animal bites or kicks or steps on the perpetrator then the owner will not be liable for their injuries.

Brittany O'Hara
I have a two year old German Shepard and my sister in law and I took her and my sister in law’s two dogs for a walk today on a public trail near her house. My dog can be very protective of me so my sister in law decided to walk her while I walk her dogs. We were watching a lady who was behind us so we can keep the dogs in check. A jogger came around a sorta blind corner and stopped which startled my dog and she jumped up and bit him. She did puncture the skin. Both my sister in law (she handled the situation) and him had no idea what to do so the man took pictures of her and they exchanged numbers. Now I worry for my dogs life. Is there any advice you can give us? It just happened today so we still are not sure what the man plans on doing.
I have a two year old brendal pit bull. My spouse bought her for our older child, her name is Lady. My spouse was our dogs best friend, master, and almost a year ago he was murdered so he is no longer around. Lady is a great dog, and so compassionate with our three children, ages 5, 2, and 7 months. I also have friends and their children come over quite frequently and Lady is very good with all of them. She’s great with people, she is just very protective over the kids and I along with our home. I feel like she’s confused as to why my spouse has not come home. Which leads her to be even more protective. My 5 year old and her friend were playing outside, her friend told her to open the gate and she did and did not close it in time and Lady got out. She has gotten out before, but has always stayed close to home. But this time, there was an older woman walking her small (very small) dog, and she reacted seeing the “vicious pitbull” by screaming and yelling. Instead of picking her dog up she just stood there yelling, so my dog ran over to her and attacked the dog (not her, just the dog) in the process of her wrestling the dogs, she was bit, I immediately ran over there and Lady stopped and looked at me and started shaking. I feel she was just being protective, she didn’t know any better. The older woman continued to scream at me telling me how vicious my dog was and how bad of an owner I was for not watching her. I proceeded to tell her it was an accident, that my young child accidentally let her out of our backyard. I asked if she was ok and she yelled at me telling me she was calling the police, I told her I live right down the street and I will be waiting. I took my dog home and once she was secure I walked back over to the house the woman went to, I asked, who I thought was her husband (found out they were just friends), if the dog was ok and if she was ok. He told me the bleeding stopped on the dog and that the woman was ok and that I was ok and needed to relax. Then the woman storms out the house and yells at me saying the cops are on the way. I explained I wasn’t going anywhere and I pointed to where I live and told her I’ll be right over there if they needed anything, I apologized and walked off. The police told me that no one needed medical assistance and that the dog was ok and the woman was ok. I explained the situation and told the cops about Lady, I also mentioned I contacted a couple trainers to help me train Lady to be nicer to other dogs, again, she is great with people. They reassured me they weren’t going to take my dog but that animal control will be by tomorrow (this happened on Sunday) to do more investigation in regards to my dog. The next day animal control came and said Lady needed to do a 10 day rabies quarantine, but I could pick her up on the 26th. I gave them her records on being spade and her up to date vaccine records. After dropping Lady off to the animal shelter the woman came with who I thought was her daughter and was bandaged up on both arms and one arm in a sling (mind you there was only one bite mark on her left arm, nothing else). The woman told me her dog needed emergency surgery because his intestines were coming out and wanted my insurance information so they could file a claim against me and my dog for their medical bills. I told her my situation and explained that Lady is a great dog but she told me how vicious my dog was and how scared she is for her life. I sympathized with her and told her “I’m so sorry, but so thankful you and your dog are ok, but Lady is not vicious, I know pit bulls have a bad rep, but my dog has been raised as a family dog.” She told me she will have so many medical bills and needs me to pay for them, I said I would gladly do so if she showed me the wounds on her and her dog, she declined. I then told her the police said no one needed medical attention and if the dog’s intestines were falling out how was he able to survive an entire night before being taken to the vet to get checked. She argued and said how much of a dog lover she was and now she is scared of dogs and wants my dog gone because she’s dangerous and a threat. (Mind you, other “nosey” neighbors came out and told the police – without my knowledge – that there has never been a problem with Lady – which I’m thankful for). I’m just unsure on how to act, she had all of my information but I have none of hers, I have not given her my insurance information, as I was planning to call them and report it so they can do an investigation. But, she knows where I live and has stopped by a few times and has been pressuring me for my insurance information. I have already lost so much and can’t handle having another thing taken from me. I don’t know what to do. Should I be scared that my dog can be taken from me?
Tell her to screw off and get a lawyer if she wants to play this game and I’ll see you in court. Tell her don’t step on my property ever again if your playing this game you old hag. make sure to belittle her ha.
I’ve heard this a million times about pit bulls, they are great with people but not so much with other dogs, that’s no excuse for your dangerous dogs behavior. I have owned labs, great danes, shnauzer’s all rescues w/ bad histories in my 25+ years of dog ownership & have never had any of them bite any living being even when they were provoked by stray dogs or children. To be honest, a dog attack is a dog attack, & the fact is your dog is dangerous. I’m sorry that your view is bias since she’s your dog, but the fact is, if she attacked that dog, who’s to say she won’t do it again. If she provides medical bills pertaining to injuries to her & her pup, I suggest you take care of that or you shouldn’t be owning a dog as that’s part of the responsibility.
I have a female chihuahua that just had puppies. My daughter’s friend came to visit, she is like 6 years old. I put my dog and the puppies in a closet, but the little girl went in the closet to get the puppies and then my dog bit her. Can I have any legal problems?
What should I do, my friends’ dog bit someone on the street today but I was walking the dog. I am sad because I am only 11 years old and I don’t want to go to jail or make my friend’s dog get put down. Has anyone got any comments about this? The dog only made a bruise though.
My boxer just bit someone a few days ago at a dog park, but the victim is unwilling to give out any of his personal information – just first name. He’s asking for money and I’d like to write a cashiers check but he won’t give his full name.
Wendy Foreman
Sounds like a scam. Anyone truly hurt would be quick to answer any questions you asked. The guy could be running from the police as well. Good luck!
Cari Garcia
My dog bit a girl and now I have to take her to the vet and love her for 10 days! Any chance they won’t kill her?
jackie Mitchell
My female 4-year old English Pointer (75 pounds) bit our 15-year-old neighbor yesterday. He was in his yard and not provoking the dog. My husband was watching the dog off leash (as usual, though without the shock collar we usually have her wear and never rarely ever use and only on the lowest level) and was unable to call her back or control her. This isn’t the first time this dog has been aggressive with outsiders, and she’s even bit my husband twice (once when he intervened between a fight among her and another much 17-year-old smaller dog in our household and once when he was trying to clip her nails). I’m worried that we can’t trust her not to bite again, and that we are exposing our neighbors (the dog has backed down the mother of the injured boy before, and has run and barked aggressively at his 12-year-old sister as well, along with other aggressions towards strangers). I don’t know what to do. Obedience training? Electronic fence? I just don’t know if I’m going to be able to trust this dog. Any advice?
If you use a shock collar without proper training, you are creating a problem. Every dog should have basic obedience training. Owners need to learn to read their dogs and know what kind of corrections to use.
We have a black lab – border collie mix since he was 6 weeks old. He is now a year and a half old. He never ever showed any signs of aggression besides barking. My 7 year old daughter has always loved on the dog with hugs and such. The dog always accepted her love and gave it back. Today my daughter is laying on the couch, leans over the side to pet the dog that’s laying on the floor right beside her. She then tried to give him a hug when he just snapped at her face, give her a nasty gash under her eye. What should I do about the dog?
David Glickman
My dog Rusty, a GSD rescue has been with us for 2 1/2 years now. I guess he’s around 4 1/2. We live on 6 acres and have an electronic fence that he lives within. He is a very sweet, affectionate dog with my older GSD and my 3 girls. When we first got him, he had a little nipping problem and was a fence runner. He would run along the fence line for hours. It seemed like he was a bit institutionalized. Anyway, one of my girls had a friend sleep over. The mom came over unannounced and Rusty was outside and bit her. 5 punctures. She didn’t sue, and was ok. Flash forward to this weekend. The same girl was sleeping over and Rusty cuddled up with her and my daughter on the couch and slept all night. The next day, the mother comes over 2 hours before she’s supposed to, and guess what, Rusty is outside and takes a chunk out of her calf. 7 Stitches and an ambulance ride later, she’s ok. Yes, it was very stupid of her to show up again unannounced, but there’s nothing I can do about that now. We are going to install a driveway alarm to help with that issue. (We have a long driveway.) Rusty is a good dog, on Prozac to control his fence running and exhibits behaviors like pacing etc. Now I’m left to figure out if his biting this woman was out of neurological problems, which cannot be corrected or behavioral issues which I can have worked on by a professional. I will take him to the vet this week and will also call a professional behaviorist, but I am so saddened to possibly face the decision of PTS.
Deborah Massa
I care about my neighbors, but they have a dog that comes after me and my husband at times when we work in our garden, or walk to the mailbox. He acts very aggressive toward us and will not back off, and the only solution is when we walk away and head back to our home. The man who owns the dog knows he does this and has made the statement to me that he will tie him up. The dog is still untied and doing the same thing. The dog owner even told me that his dog doesn’t listen to him. I am concerned about the dogs aggression, but don’t want to get neighbors upset with me if I take action. I do care about them. Do I have legal right to use mace on the dog if I feel scared he is going to attack? We live in the country, and I believe there is no leash law here.
I was fostering a three legged Shepard mix. I have a chain link fence in my back yard. My neighbor is absolutely nuts and has violently yelled at me and multiple neighbors about dogs barking (screaming and cursing). Today after I got home from work and let my dogs out like I always do. I went to go get ready to take a shower and about 10 min after I walk out I hear his dogs yapping like he just let them outside. So both of our dogs are going crazy barking at each other. This is common and only lasted about 5 min so I wasn’t concerned about it I didn’t hear anything besides the barking. (No yelling or screaming.) 10 min later I let my dogs in like normal. (Don’t see any sign of my neighbor.) I go to take my shower. When I come back out and get dressed there’s a knock on my door that’s animal control and about 3 police officers saying that my dog bit my neighbor and left a “significant wound” on his wrist. I prodded him about it since I honestly wouldn’t put it past my neighbor to make it up and he described it as one puncture wound and because of course I didn’t hear or see anything. (Still not sure how this is a significant wound.) Animal control has to take him and quarantine him and he’s not allowed to come back to my house. My neighbor claims that my three legged 40lb Shepard mix lunged over my fence (they specifically clarified it wasn’t into my neighbors yard as my face surely showed how ridiculous this story sounded) and grabbed his wrist and bit him. This neighbor has previously been caught feeding my other dogs in my yard so it’s certainly not the first time this guy has been stupid enough to reach into someone’s yard. I think it’s extremely obvious this guy is lying about what happened and even the police officers were very surprised by my dog when he came out (proceeded to kiss their faces) and how small he was. I’ve looked up laws in my area and it seems that they say that I am not liable if it was trespassing. Most literature I’ve read have eluded to a person reaching over a fence as trespassing but I want to know since it’s just a “he said she said” situation since there were no witnesses besides him what the chances of my liability is and if I will have to pay any expenses to this lunatic. I’m not downplaying the fact that he was bit. There’s no situation where that is right. But I shouldn’t be liable for his incompetency and him trying to cover by lying about it.
I recently adopted a tripawd shepard mix. If you don’t mind, what state are you in?
I have German Shepherd dog, who is about 2 years old. We were in the front lawn where my kids were playing and a lady with her daughter were passing by there on the side walk in front of my lawn, (I think it is called easement?). My dog started barking and started to pull her leash. She was tied to the tree. Some how the leash opened and she was able to reach the lady. She says that the dog bit her, but I did not see any visible marks on her selves like holes or such and no blood was drawn. My dog’s nails are long so I am thinking she most likely scratched her. We took control of the situation very quickly and no one got injured. We went to the lady’s home and made sure that no one got hurt and that her daughter is fine. Should I be worried as this happened near my property where the dog may have been defensive of its territory?
Abigail Laciapag
Hi, my dog ran out, and a man wanted to help get him and gave me a call to let me know they had my dog. My husband called me and said that my dog bit the guy and it drew blood. The guy that left a message on my phone was a friend of the guy who got bit. I immediately called the guy and asked about his friend and he said he wasn’t aware of his friend getting bit. I said please let me know if he did and I’m very sorry if he did get bit.

If I don’t hear back, should I let it go, or should I follow up? A little worried right now. My dog is pretty wild. Any strangers or people walking by the house, he will bark at. He has never bit anyone, but he is very protective.

Alexis Towns
My dog was constantly harassed by my neighbors which are minors they would throw rocks, hit him with stick and poke him with brooms basically anything they could find and we have told the parents what was going on and they need to stop, one of the adults has tried challenging my dog and my dog acted aggressive toward him, the taunting has been going on for about a year and recently he bit one of the neighbors that taunt him, which was a 9 year old girl, on the leg. I know my dog is not malicious and aggressive just to be aggressive and now my father feels the only way to keep from being sued or being in trouble with the law is to put him down. My neighbors have a history of police visits so I highly doubt they are going to try to take it to court but I just want to save my dog but I do not know how? If you have any ways to help that would mean the world to me.
My husband & I were walking our dog earlier today & he ducked behind us to take a quick nip at an elderly woman who had walked past us. No provocation. She was fine & declined any assistance of any kind. However, this is definitely not the first time he’s done this. At what point to we admit this behavior isn’t improving? We are hypervigilant when people come by. 90% of the time, his barks immediately turn to joyful talking. He loves the children dearly, but can be overprotective. What do we do now? We do not feel we can completely trust him with anyone but us.
katrisha valenciano
My dog bit an elderly while my dad was walking her at the park just a few days ago. The elderly came from the blind side and must have startled my dog. The elderly got all of our contact information as well as my dog’s information but my dad had forgotten to ask for their’s. Hoping the elderly seek medical help as soon as he can and that he recovers with no other issues. He said he would file a case against us if something was to happen but I’m thinking positive and hoping for the best. Thank you for your help.
My dog is 1 right now and he just bit the mail lady’s pant leg. He was barking at her and she walked into our garage to place a package in the middle of it. This is where he nipped at her. Is there any way we could possibly fix this bad behavior or would it be best just to shelter him from other people?
Pet Adoptee
We adopted a 7-month old pup. We went camping last weekend, and he bit someone. Two wrongs don’t make a right, but she did not have her dogs leashed and she was carrying a kayak. My pup pulled out of his tether/runner. I ran and grabbed him. The woman didn’t tell me that Newton had bit her. About 3 hours later, the sheriff came and took Newton to the animal control shelter. I felt horrible. Newton has all his shots and has visited the vet often. We did not have a lot of his history, but he was on the streets at a very young age. I will work with him and will probably get a shock collar.