For many Washington families, the dog is a part of the family. However, your four-legged friend could come with a high price tag for aggressive behavior that puts others at risk. Washington state law holds dog owners responsible for their dog’s actions. If your dog bites a person in a public location or even on your own property, you will be held accountable. It does not matter if you knew of the dog’s propensity to bite. This law is in place to protect others from suffering from dog bite injuries. Here are some tips for dog owners to avoid fees or lawsuit following a dog bite.
Tips for Dog Owners to Avoid Fees or Lawsuit
The best way to prevent a dog from attacking is putting he/she in a safe place where they will feel comfortable. You may also want to give significant warning to others about your dog’s aggressive behavior. Remain in control of your dog by:
- Constraining the dog to your property.
- Using a leash or kennel to restrain your dog.
- Using a muzzle if necessary.
- Posting visible signage to warn others of your dog.
- Never leave your dog alone or unsupervised.
- Avoid games that encourage your dog to act aggressively. For example, tug of war.
- Have your dog spayed and/or neutered.
Washington Dog Bite Laws
As a dog owner, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with all of Washington state’s dog bite laws. Read our dog bite injury page for a list of all Washington dog bite laws.
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