How to Avoid a Dog Bite

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How do you avoid getting bit by a dog? Start by never approaching an unfamiliar dog, especially one who’s tired or confined behind a fence or in a car. Don’t pet a dog–even your own–without letting him see and sniff you first.

Never turn your back to a dog and run away. A dog’s natural instinct will be to chase and catch you.

Don’t disturb a dog while it’s sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy, or caring for puppies. Be cautious around strange dogs. Always assume that a dog who doesn’t know you may see you as an intruder or a threat.

What to do if you think a dog might attack:
If you are approached by a dog that may attack you, follow these steps;

• Resist the impulse to scream and run away.
• Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog.
• Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until it is out of sight.
• If the dog does attack, “feed” it your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog.
• If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless. Try not to scream or roll around.

What to do if you’re bitten by a dog:
If you are bitten or attacked by a dog, try not to panic and follow these steps;

• Immediately wash the wound thoroughly with soap and warm water.
• Contact your physician for additional care and advice.
• Report the bite to your local animal care and control agency. Tell the animal control official everything you know about the dog, including its owner’s name and the address where the dog lives. If the dog is a stray, tell the animal control official what the dog looks like, where you saw it, whether you’ve seen the dog before, and in which direction the dog went.

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