Preventing Dog Bites

This is week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week.  Dog bites can be very serious, but if you know what to look for, you may be able to prevent a dog from biting.

Warning signs that a dog may be ready to bite:

  • tensed body
  • stiff tail
  • pulled back head or ears
  • yawning
  • flicking tongue
  • intense stare
  • backing away

If you are approached by a dog who may bite, follow these guidelines:

  • Do not scream and run away.
  • Remain motionless with hands at your sides.
  • Avoid eye contact with the dog.
  • Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away.
  • If the dog does attack, feed him something else–a jacket, purse, bag–to distract him.
  • If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball and remain motionless and quiet.

If you are attacked by a dog:

  • Immediately wash the wound with soap and warm water.
  • Contact your physician.
  • Contact animal control and report as much information as you can about the dog.

Always remember to get permission from a dog owner before approaching an unfamiliar dog.  Teach children to ask permission as well.

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