Preventing Dog Bite Injuries
Dogs are extremely territorial and it is for this reason that they feel a great inclination to defend what they consider to be their territory. Dogs consider any areas that are familiar to them territory. These areas are not simply limited to the animal’s home and yard. A staggering number of dog attacks happen when the animal feels threatened or sees a need to defend its territory. There are several things that can be done to avoid dog attacks. Paying close attention and following these steps could mean all of the difference between staying safe and becoming the victim of an attack.
Firstly, never approach an animal that you are not familiar with. This especially applies to dogs that are tied up or behind a fenced area. Also, if you see someone walking a dog, make sure to check with them before coming near the animal. The dog likely considers its owner to be territory and it will be ready to attack any intruders. Another good safety tip is to always let the dog sniff you before you attempt to pet it. Even your own dog will be more receptive of your attention if you allow it to sniff you first.
If you turn your back to a dog and attempt to run, it will likely see an opportunity to advance. Canines are skilled hunters, meaning that their instinct will be to chase anyone trying to escape. If a dog is advancing on you and you are not familiar with it, remember to always move as slowly as possible. remain cautious and remember that the dog will see you as a threat, regardless of your intent. If you are approached by a strange dog, simply remain motionless and keep your hands down at your sides if possible. Do not make a scene by screaming or trying to run. Always avoid eye contact and be still until the dog loses interest.
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