How can I avoid being bitten?
  • Be cautious around strange dogs and treat your own pet with respect.
  • Be on the lookout for potentially dangerous situations.
  • Children must be taught not to approach strange dogs; children should be taught to ask permission from a dog's owner before petting the dog
  • Don't run past a dog. Dogs naturally love to chase and catch things. Don't give them a reason to become excited or aggressive.
  • If a dog approaches to sniff you - stay still. In most cases, the dog will go away when it determines you're not a threat.
  • If someone else's dog bit you, contact authorities and tell them everything you can about the dog: the owner's name, if you know it, color and size of the dog, where you saw it and if you've seen it before. These details may help animal-control officers locate the dog.
  • If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck. Protect your face.
  • If you're threatened by a dog, remain calm. Don't scream. If you say anything, speak calmly and firmly. Avoid eye contact. Try to stay still until the dog leaves, or back away slowly until the dog is out of sight. Don't turn and run.
  • Never disturb a dog that's caring for puppies, sleeping, or eating.
  • Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
  • Teach young children to be careful around pets.

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