Safety Tips for Avoiding Dog Bites

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To help prevent adults and children from being bitten by dogs, teach the following basic safety tips and review them regularly:

· Do not approach an unfamiliar dog.
· Do not run from a dog or scream.
· Remain motionless (e.g., “be still like a tree”) when approached by an unfamiliar dog.
· If knocked over by a dog, roll into a ball and lie still (e.g., “be still like a log.”).
· Do not play with a dog unless supervised by an adult.
· Immediately report stray dogs or dogs displaying unusual behavior to an adult.
· Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
· Do not disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies.
· Do not pet a dog without allowing it to see and sniff you first.
· If bitten, immediately report the bite to an adult.

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