How to Not Be Bitten by a Dog

Dogs are man’s best friend for a reason: the bond between the two species is unlike any other bond. Cats are definitely cute, but they lack the athleticism and spunk that most dog breeds bring to the table in an owner-pet relationship.

However, not every encounter with a dog ends with cuddles or kindness. In fact, millions of people every year are bitten by dogs. Sometimes the bites of these furry companions are dangerous, if not fatal.

The responsibility of pet owners is clear: do everything in your power to prevent your four-legged best friend from clamping down on a loved one or stranger. But it is not always possible for an owner to prevent a dog bite. Dogs are often rowdy animals and in public spaces like dog parks, it may be impossible to match the pace of a canine running loose.

You, on the other hand, can take steps to prevent a dog from biting you. Here is the key information to keep in mind:

Keep Your Hands to Yourself

The loose curls of a poodle on a walk may be tempting, but the best way to prevent yourself from being bitten is to keep your appendages to yourself in the presence of dogs. There is no such thing as a permanently friendly animal: there are only animals acting friendly for the time being.

Because any dog could lash out at any time, it is best to not put your hands closer to a canine. The dog can still jump up or reach you to bite some part of your body, but by exposing your hands and arms so near its mouth, it is almost as if you are asking to be bitten.

Be Friendly, Not Fierce

Dogs are animals seeking to protect themselves over any other responsibility. As a result, it is in your best interest to not be aggressive or threatening to the animal. Otherwise, instincts can kick in and even a sweet-hearted pup could feel its pull to survival kick in — and respond by biting down on your arm or leg.

Another reason to respond toward a dog with happiness, and not fear, relates to the bond between a dog and its owner. Dogs are overwhelmingly empathetic creatures. If their owner is worried about the way you are reacting toward their dog, the dog may pick up on its owner’s anxiety or nervousness. What happens next is expected: a dog will bite a stranger to protect an owner the dog cares passionately about.

All of these tips are not to cast blame or put the responsibility of dog bites onto the victim of a bite. After all, the only actors in a situation that can control a dog bite are our four-legged friends. However, common sense tips can act as a proactive solution to the epidemic of dog bites in America.

If you’ve been injured by a dog bite in public or private, you can contact a law firm like ChasenBoscolo with your claim, to receive compensation and coverage for your medical bills.