Tips to Avoid a Dog Bite

Here are some helpful tips to avoid a dog bite:

1. Never run past a dog. This will trigger the dog’s natural instincts to give chase, run, and catch things with their mouth. Do not give them any incentives in triggering this natural response;

2. Do not move if a dog comes to you to sniff you. Dogs usually are gathering information on you and determining if there is even a threat; sudden movements do not help with this;

3. Remain very calm if a dog is becoming aggressive toward you. Try to remain as still as possible and avoid eye contact; do not raise your voice or turn to run; you should slowly move back until the dog is away from you, or better yet, out of view;

4. If you are tackled by dog to the ground, then: immediately curl your entire body into a ball with your arms and hands over your face and protecting your neck with your elbows and the back of your neck. You can even lie face down on the ground. Protect as best you can your upper extremities;

5. Never approach a dog that is eating, sleeping, or caring for its young. This may trigger a protection response in the dog that may attack you;

6. If you jog in an area that is secluded, it is a good idea to: Keep a small bear spray bottle with you in case a dog, coyote, or other potential dangerous animal approaches you in an aggressive fashion;

I hope these tips will make you better aware of what to do around dogs and vicious animals. Remember, if you are bitten, an experienced animal or dog bite attorney will need to be consulted to go over your legal rights.

Mark Blane
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I never knew whether you wanted to make yourself seem scarier, or less threatening to a dog. It's always a tricky situation, because usually they are just acting out of fear. There were some people who broke into a friend's house down the street, and the dog attacked them. Now they are trying to sue the family, but I doubt it will go through.
by ashley August 5, 2015 at 10:42 AM
Is it legal to carry bear mace in San Diego (to use to fend off an attacking animal)? From what I have read, 2.5 oz is the legal limit. However some confusion exists as to whether the limit pertains to use against humans vs attacking dog or wildlife. FYI: I have spoke with Animal Control and the local sheriff department who told me I could carry a stun gun (and the "rules" associated with it) but both warned this could make the animal (in this instances they referenced a dog) more angry. The subject of bear mace specifically did not come up. Thank you for your time and input.
by SM April 2, 2013 at 01:22 PM
Those are great tips. Everybody needs to master those tricks because dog attacks are frequent these days.
by dog housebreaking tips from TrainPetDog June 12, 2011 at 12:26 PM
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