You're running along the edge of a picturesque road in New Hampshire. As you lope around a wide curve, a striking house appears in front of you. You barely make out its shape before a dog comes charging at you. What do you do?
It is unlikely that a domesticated dog with good training attacks another dog or a human being. But it can happen, either when a canine feels threatened or is experiencing some other imbalance. Although there are legal implications for the owner or caretaker of a dog, there are some safety tips that may make any dog attack less hazardous.
Dog owners can sometimes end up loving their canine friends more than their human ones. But humans are often hesitant to take responsibility for the actions of dogs, who are motivated by instinct alone. This is why leash laws and other protections are legislated by New Hampshire towns or the government in Concord.
It is rare that man's best friend become a person's worst nightmare, but it is often shocking when a domesticated dog attacks a person. Children are often the worst hurt victims of dog bites and other animal attacks because the trauma affects more of a child's body and many children do not yet know to approach animals in a guarded manner.
A dog is a man's best friend, but a badly treated or threatened dog can become any person's worst nightmare instantly. Hundreds of adults and a disturbingly large number of children are bitten by dogs each year. And the danger does not stop at the immediate trauma to bone and muscle.
Dogs are a big part of life in America, and often an integral experience while growing up. Although dogs are generally gentle and friendly, they may be accidentally provoked by human behavior, especially among children.
A dog is often a man's best friend, but this relationship can turn dark when a canine's worst instincts are aroused. A dog bite can lead to a long period of physical pain as well as emotional recovery.
A dog bite can put you in the hospital with serious pain and suffering. It can lead to infection, and you may need follow-up medical treatment. There are potentially serious physical ramifications.
Ask most people what the most dangerous type of dog is, and they will probably tell you it is the pit bull. These dogs definitely have a reputation, to the point that some people will not even consider owning them.
If you are bitten by a dog, you want to take steps immediately to clean the wound so that it will not get infected. Infections can lead to serious complications and make the injury far worse. Taking action quickly can often -- but not always -- prevent them.