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
- 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.