Keeping Trick-Or-Treaters Safe From Dog Bites

October 27, 2016
On behalf of The Law Offices of Howard Craig Kornberg Posted in Dog Bite

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 houses 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 dogs 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 homes.

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 dog bite lawyer in Los Angeles.


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