Dogs are virtually everywhere in our surroundings. While some may be calm and friendly, others are aggressive and wild.
To help prevent dog bites, it is essential for both adults and children to learn how to avoid dog bites which has in most cases resulted to severe injuries among people or even death. It is also the responsibility of dog owners to train their dogs and help keep them under control to avert the possibility of their dogs biting people.
Here are some ways that can help prevent dog bites for both children and adults:
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Know The Warning Signs Of Biting.
Dogs often try to pass information to us through their body language. It is therefore essential to understand their language and know whether they are anxious, afraid, or tensed and thus more likely to strike. Avoid eye contact with a dog that is not comfortable as it may decide to strike as a form of self-defense. Signs of a stressed dog include:
- Flicking of the tongue
- Stiff tail
- Tense body
- Fierce staring
Don’t Run When Encountered By A Dog.
If you are encountered by a dog that seems agitated, don’t run. Dogs possess a natural instinct to run after their prey, hence running may trigger them to chase you and bite.
Seek Permission Before Interacting With A Strange Dog.
In most cases, not all dogs you will come across will be aggressive and ready to bite you. However, it is vital that you get to know from the owner if it is safe to approach the dog.
If you are allowed to interact with the dog, always allow the dog to get to know you before you start touching them.
They will do so by smelling you, and once they are comfortable that you are not a threat, you can now touch them and get to interact without being bitten.
Avoid Disturbing Dogs.
Never disturb dogs that are sleeping, eating, or feeding their puppies. In most cases, dog under these circumstances are most likely to be defensive and can attack and bite when provoked.
Socialize Your Dog.
Always walk your dog and allow it to meet different types of people under calm and positive manner. This will help it interact with people and become less aggressive thus reducing the chances of biting people especially strangers.
Last but not least, always keep warning signs if you know your dog is aggressive and is more likely to attack and bite people.