Every day in the United States, approximately 1,000 people require emergency medical care due to a dog bite.
Whether a canine is big or small, an attack can happen, which is why it’s important to know the following tips:
- Don’t run as you can’t outrun a dog.
- If you’re knocked to the ground, curl up in a ball and cover your ears with your hands. By playing dead, the dog should lose interest in you.
- If you have an object such as a jacket, purse, or backpack, toss it away from you. The dog will likely become interested in the item which should give you enough time to slowly remove yourself from the situation.
- It’s best not to approach a dog you don’t know, especially one who is behind a fence or chained.
- Never look directly into the dog’s eyes. An aggressive dog will see this as a challenge.
- If a dog is barking, growling, eating, or sleeping, leave it alone.
- Don’t be fooled by a wagging tail as it’s not always a sign of friendliness.
- If you’re being threatened, firmly give a command such as “no” or “stay” just like you would if you were the owner.
- While walking or jogging, carry a whistle that you can blow if you’re approached by a dog. The noise will likely scare it away.
- Don’t turn your back on the dog as it signifies weakness.