Dogs are often called man’s best friend. And while they are excellent companions, pets, and friends, they are still animals. That means that dogs have instincts and behaviors that we humans cannot understand or predict.
The reality is that even dogs who are “tame” or friendly are capable of biting and causing injury. It is important for pet owners or those around dogs to recognize this risk and take steps to prevent a dog bite from occurring. How do you do this? Take a look at these dog bite prevention tips:
- Respect the dog’s space. Never put your hands inside a fence or gate where a dog is present.
- Don’t interfere with a mother dog. Never interfere with a mother dog who is caring for her puppies. Even tame mother dogs have instincts to protect their puppies, and if you are perceived as a threat, you could be attacked.
- Don’t run from an approaching dog. If a dog is not on a leash and is approaching you, don’t run away or yell. Instead, stand still with your arms held close to you. Stand your ground and make eye contact with the dog.
- Be careful around older dogs. Older dogs and dogs who are sick may be more irritable than younger, healthy dogs. Approach these dogs with caution, especially if you are not familiar with the dog.
- Be aware of signs that the dog is agitated. Be mindful of a dog’s body language. Some signs that a dog is stressed include:
- The tail is stiff and held high
- The dog is looking out of the corner of its eyes
- The dog’s nose is wrinkled and pulled back
- The dog’s hair on his spine and neck is raised
- The dog is growling or snarling
- The dog’s body is unusually tense
If you are concerned about a dog’s behavior, remember these safety tips. If a dog attacks you, curl yourself into a ball, protecting your head and neck. Then, immediately get medical attention and document what happened. If you need legal representation and guidance, call Abogados Campeones. We are here to help.