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How To Avoid The Bite

Facing an aggressive dog can be frightening, and it is important to know what to do if you ever find yourself in that situation.

Never scare a dog

Loud noises and sudden movements may scare a dog and make them defensive. Always approach a dog from the front so they can see you coming.

How To Avoid The Bite

Look for signs that the dog may be dangerous:

  • Always ask the owner before petting a dog.
  • If other dogs are staying away from a certain dog, you probably should, too.
  • Look for ‘Beware of Dog’ signs and heed any additional warnings.

Learn How to Read a Dog’s Body Language

Here are some signs that a dog may be feeling threatened, protective, or scared, and may bite:

  • Raised fur
  • Exposed teeth
  • Growling
  • Stiff tail
  • You can see the white “half moons” of their eyes, meaning their head is faced down but they are looking up at you.
  • Pulled back ears
  • Intense stare

Remain calm if you come in contact with an aggressive dog and learn about a dog’s body language here:

  • Refrain from making any loud noises.
  • Stand still with your hands by your sides.
  • Avoid eye contact with the dog.
  • Back away slowly after the dog loses interest in you. Do not turn your back while walking away.
  • If the dog attacks, try to feed him your coat, purse, or anything else you can put in between you and the dog’s mouth.
  • If you fall on the ground, stay down. Curl into a ball and cover your ears with your hands.

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