Avoiding Dog Bites

Written on September 27, 2012

Avoiding Dog Bites

Never enter a private property or yard unless invited and ask the owner to introduce you to the dog. If you must enter, call out, whistle or make some sort of warning noise so that you don’t startle the dog.

  • Never try to sneak past a sleeping dog you don’t know.
  • Never pet a dog that is eating or chewing on a bone.
  • If confronted, Do Not Panic. Stop what you are doing and stand still. Do Not Run; this will only stimulate the dog and make him want to chase.
  • Avoid direct eye contact
  • Do not turn your back on the dog.
  • Face the dog and put something in front of you, using the object as a shield. Your briefcase, a bicycle, backpack, purse etc.
  • Keep the object steady, level with the dog’s head/muzzle and do not move it around.
  • Tell the dog “No” or “Stop” in a firm voice, standing in an upright posture.
  • If the dog backs off, slowly walk away keeping your eye on the dog at all times. Again, avoid direct eye contact.
  • If attacked, give the dog something else to focus on, like your hat, jacket, food, briefcase, purse etc.
  • If the dog continues and you can’t scare him off or if you are knocked down; curl into a ball, and use your hands to protect your head and neck.
  • Report all loose dogs to your local Department of Animal Services
  • Report all dog bites to your local Department of Animal Services


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