With the dog days of summer at hand this is the perfect time to make sure that you and your pets can safely enjoy the good weather. Dog bites, although rare, can happen. No matter the breed or the size of the dog there are precautionary measures you can take to stop dogs from biting you
How to stop a dog from biting you
In general there are good rules to follow when interacting with dogs. This article will share some tips and tricks to stop dog bites. First and foremost you should always respect a dog’s personal space. Most aggression is due to anxiety, which can be triggered by a variety of events, one of the most common being their space being invaded unexpectedly. Letting sleeping dogs lie is not just an old saying, it’s also a good first step in preventing dog attacks.
Signs that a dog is anxious
There are things you can do before a dog even considers attacking. If you look to for signs of anxiety, you can avoid a triggering a dog to attack. Some signs are:
- Tensed body
- Stiff tail
- Pulled back head and/or ears
- Furrowed brow
- Eyes rolled so the whites are visible
- Flicking tongue
- Intense stare
- Backing away
How to stop bites
When you feel that you are in a situation where a dog is going to bite you make sure that you:
- Stay as calm as possible.
- Remain as still as possible until the dog appears to be losing interest
- After they have, back away slowly, still facing the dog
- Make as little eye contact as possible
- Try to remain as still as you can
- Don’t run away!
- Put something between you and the dog (backpack, purse, jacket etc), or if you do not have anything, keep your handset your sides
- Don’t scream as this will excite them even more
The dog will probably lose interest and leave but if they do try to bite, ‘feed them’ jackets, purses etc. to fill their mouth, and always try to keep something between you as a buffer.
If you are knocked over, curl into a still ball on the ground with your hands over your head and cover your face. Remain as quiet and still as you can.
When you see a dog that appears to be becoming aggressive, do not try to calm them down with treats, as they will associate their feelings of aggression with the treat, reinforcing their behaviour.
For more information check out the Human Society of the United States and comment below with any tips and tricks you have!