What to Do when you Encounter an Aggressive Dog?
Some people are dog enthusiasts who can’t see a dog without wanting to pet it. Others amongst us find dogs intimidating. People who are frightened of dogs do whatever they can to avoid them, no matter how friendly a dog may be. Whichever type of person you are, there is always the possibility that one day you will encounter a dog that is unfriendly, or even vicious. We hope this never happens, and want to provide you with valuable information about what to do when you encounter an aggressive dog. If you’ve already been hurt by a dog, then you know just how devastating an animal attack can be and the dog bite lawyers at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers can help you get compensation for the damages you’ve suffered.
Dogs attack for many reasons. Sometimes you may be engaged in an activity that attracts their attention – you might be running by the dog’s property, or riding a bicycle, or maybe you’re a delivery person who has to knock on the door at the dog’s house. No matter what you are doing, unless you are actively tormenting the dog then it is the dog owner’s responsibility to control their animal so that it cannot cause harm. When the owner is not available to provide you with that protection, your only remedy is to rely on yourself. The first thing you need to do is to stay calm. Though you may be tempted to run, that will only excite an aggressive dog and encourage them to pursue you. Instead, use whatever you have to make yourself appear bigger. Stand up straight, and if you have an object that you can extend to make the space you occupy larger, do so.
Make sure that you do not look the dog directly in the eye. A dog will perceive direct eye contact as a threat. It’s a good idea to turn sideways, as the dog will view this as less confrontational: you can still see the dog in your peripheral vision while providing the dog with less of a target and sending a message that you are not interested in the dog’s space. Remain calm.
If a dog does attack you, the best thing that you can do is hold out something else for the dog to latch on to rather than your body. A sweater or jacket held in your hand is something that a dog is likely to latch onto, and you may be able to tempt them to take it and then back out of the situation. Failing that, remember to protect your most vulnerable parts, including your throat, face and chest. Do not extend your fingers: keep your hands balled into fists. Do not pull away, as that will cause your flesh to tear.
Dogs are called man’s best friend for a reason: most are friendly and do not attack humans. But if you’ve been attacked by a dog you know that the end results can be devastating. For legal representation, contact the attorneys at Jonathan Perkins Injury Lawyers.