Preventing Strange Dogs from Biting

By: Jerry Work

Dogs, in America at least, truly are manís best friend. No matter what part of the country, North or South, city or country, people have dogs. Many times, dogs are actually treated more kindly than other humans are. As with most things, there are exceptions. Some dogs are mistreated, underfed, or even purposely raised to be overly aggressive. When encountering a strange dog, you just canít know its demeanor or past treatment, so caution must be taken. Every year, according to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over four and half million dog bites occur. The advice in this article can help prevent you from becoming a statistic by keeping you free from injury when faced by a strange dog.

Excess caution should be taken with young children around a dog. Children are unpredictable, and they can lunge toward a dog or take some other action that a dog may misinterpret. Keep your children away from unknown dogs that you donít know personally. And never, ever leave a small child in a room alone with a dog, even if it is a dog you know.

Do not make sudden movements, or try to run away if you are approached a unknown unleashed dog. Also avoid making any loud noises. Do not yell at the dog. Looking the dog in the eyes should also be avoided. Look down. The act of staring down a dog can be viewed as a challenge to the dog, and that is often a challenge you wonít win. It may be a good idea to throw a random object away from you and the dog. The dog may become curious and want to look which may give you the chance to get out of the situation.

Watch for signs of aggression. Any time that a dog shows his teeth, or has hair standing on the back of the neck, that dog should be avoided. If you see a dog approaching you should follow the advice listed above. Avoid eye contact, distract the dog, and get away in a calm manner.

Do not bother a dog when it is eating or sleeping. The old saying about letting sleeping dogs lie is very good advice. When a dog is nursing or caring for puppies, the dog should not be interrupted. If you are determined to pet a dog, let is sniff your hand and get comfortable with you first. Dogs donít like surprises.

Dog owners should take steps to lessen the chance of your dog biting someone else. The first and most obvious step is to have the dog neutered or spayed. This will reduce the dogís aggression and desire to fight with other dogs or humans. You should also take steps to gradually socialize the dog by introducing it to social situations. Your dog may need time to adapt to being around by other people or dogs. It is also an excellent idea to personally train your dog to respond to your commands.

Dogs are wonderful animals, but they can definitely be dangerous. Follow the advice in this article and your chances of getting bitten by a dog will be greatly reduced.

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