Dogs are known as man’s best friend. However, they have the propensity to attack and bite people.
So how do you avoid getting bit by a dog? It is important to be polite and respect the dog’s personal space. If you encounter an unfamiliar dog, never approach it. Furthermore, don’t touch a dog unless it sees and sniffs you first.
Be Aware of the Dog’s Body Language
Have a safe amount of space between yourself and a dog. Furthermore, never turn your back on a dog or run away.
The following are signals which indicate that a dog is uncomfortable and might feel the need to attack:
- Stiff tail
- Tensed body
- Furrowed brow
- Pulled back head and ears
- Intense stare
- Flicking tongue
- Backing away
- Eyes rolled so the whites are only visible
What to Do If a Dog Might Attack
If you are approached by a dog who may bite you, follow these steps:
- Do not scream to attempt to run away
- Remain completely motionless with your hands at your side
- Avoid eye contact with the dog
- If the dog loses interest in you, back away slowly until they are out of sight
- If the dog decides to attack, “feed” them your purse, jacket, bicycle, or anything you can put between the dog and yourself
- If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless
What to Do If You’re Bitten
As soon as you are bitten or attacked by a dog, try not to panic. Wash the wound thoroughly with warm water and soap immediately. Contact your doctor for additional care and advice. Report the bite to your local animal care and control agency and tell them everything about the incident, including the details of the dog, the owner’s name, and the address where they live. If the dog is stray, describe what the dog looks like to animal control and where you saw them.
If you suffered a serious injury after being bitten by a dog, it is imperative to obtain the legal help of an experienced personal injury lawyer. I William R. Hall, am committed to pursuing the compensation and justice you deserve and make the negligent dog owner liable to pay for your medical bills, loss of income, as well as pain and suffering.