Although there are times when a dog may attack us in surprise, there are times when we can better prepare ourselves to handle an aggressive dog and avoid injury.
How do you avoid being bit by a dog?
Start by respecting the dog’s personal space. Don’t disturb a dog while she’s sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy or caring for puppies. Be cautious around strange dogs. Always assume that a dog who doesn’t know you may see you as a threat.
If you are confronted by an aggressive dog, the most important thing to remember is to stay calm. Do not panic. If you show fear and anxiety, you may make the dog feel more confident in his attack, or you may appear threatening to the dog. Make yourself rigid and motionless. When a dog approaches, stand completely still with your hands at your sides, like a tree, and avoid direct eye contact. Stand slightly sideways while keeping the dog in your peripheral vision. Do not run away. The dog will chase you vigorously and most likely catch up to you. Instead, try to distract it with another object, such as a stick or water bottle (not your hands or legs).
When the dog senses that you are not threatening it, it will probably lose interest, and the situation will de-escalate. Unfortunately, this process is not always possible. If all else fails, face the dog and command it to “back away” or “sit”. Use a strong and commanding voice, while continuing to avoid making eye contact.
What to do if attacked by an aggressive dog?
In the event that you are attacked, you should defend and protect yourself. The first line of defense is to let the dog attack something that is not you. This may mean throwing your backpack, or wrapping your sweater up as bait for the dog. If the dog doesn’t take the bait, fight back against the attacking dog. Don’t hit it unnecessarily, but if the dog starts biting you, you need to defend yourself. At this point, you can yell for help to escape the situation. If you fall to the ground, protect your head, neck, and chest area. Once the dog loses interest in you, leave the area slowly and carefully.
If you are bitten or injured as a result of the attack, call for medical help immediately. Call the police to let them know of the attack and to prevent the dog from attack anyone else. Call the experienced attorneys at Guldjian & Fasel to protect your rights and hold the responsible party liable for your injuries.
The five most dangerous dogs are Pit Bulls, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers, Presa Canarios, and Akitas.