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Preventing Dog Bite Accidents and Stopping a Dog Attack

- October 09, 2017

dog biteWhen a dog looks like it is going to attack, it’s a scary moment. If a dog does bite you, it can be easy to put the blame on the dog or the owner, but it may have been your own actions that accidentally incited the animal. Understanding what leads to dog attacks, how to prevent them, and what to do to calm them down or get them to stop attacking can be more helpful in dog bite prevention than relying on an owner that may have control over their dog, but does not have control over environmental factors.

In some cases, an otherwise well-behaved dog might bite. Often, this is because they feel threatened or are confused. With some tips on avoiding dog bites and stopping a dog attack, we can help prevent these accidents as a community.

Steps to Avoid a Dog Bite

Not all dog attacks are avoidable, but the following tips can help alleviate tension and avoid a bite:

  • Do not make eye contact or show your teeth, as a dog may take this as a sign of aggression and go into a defensive mode.
  • Avoid dogs that are mothering a litter.
  • When a dog approaches or comes near you in an aggressive manner, stay calm and do not move until it leaves your space.
  • Do not run away from a dog, as this can trigger an instinct to chase.
  • When an unknown dog approaches, staying rigid and not making eye contact typically ends with a dog simply sniffing you and leaving.
  • If the dog continues to approach in a threatening manner, giving it something to bite as a distraction can give you enough time to get away. A water bottle, purse, or other item on your person works for this tip.

Stopping an Attack

When a dog attacks, it can seem like it’s already done and there is nothing you can do. However, there are some tactics to lessen or stop the attack.

  • Command the dog to sit, stay or leave in a voice of authority. Try to use a deeper, lower tone when doing so.
  • Try to use an item to put between you and the dog, and try to get the dog to bite the item instead. This can be done with your bag or even a jacket, if possible.
  • If you are knocked down, roll into a ball, protecting your neck and face. Often, remaining still will deter the dog from continuing to attack.
  • If you have a jacket, cover the dog’s head and get to higher ground. This can be the roof of a vehicle or a tree.
  • If none of these tactics work, let the dog bite your forearm, which will cause less damage. Using a free hand, gouging their eyes, as awful as it may sound, can stop the attack.

If you have been bitten by a dog, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills and pain and suffering. Contact our team today to discuss your legal options.

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