How to Prevent Dog Bites
Most dogs bite because they’re scared not because they’re mean, explained Kate Knutson, DVM, of Pet Crossing Animal Hospital & Dental Clinic in Bloomington, Minnesota. Dr. Knutson provided the following information to help you avoid dog bites.
When a Dog Attacks
- Never run – the dog will chase you
- Don’t scream – the dog will get more angry
- Look away from the dog’s eyes
- Stand still like a tree with arms next to your sides
- If the dog tries to bite, give him your jacket, backpack – anything you’re carrying – to bite instead
If a Dog Knocks You Down
- Curl up in a ball
- Cover your ears
- Most dogs will leave if you stay quiet and still
When You Want to Pet a Strange Dog
- Slowly walk up to the dog and owner
- Ask the owner’s permission to pet the dog
- If the owner says it’s OK, slowly hold out your hand. Let the dog sniff the back of it.
- Pet the dog’s shoulder or chest – not the head
Never Do This:
- Touch or play with a dog who’s eating, sleeping, caring for puppies or chewing
- Approach a growling, barking or fearful dog
- Tease a dog
- Go up to a loose dog. Instead, get an adult.
- Run or scream if a loose dog approaches
- Run up to – or talk loudly and move quickly around – a strange dog
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