How to Avoid Dog Bites (Part 1 of 2)

I bet everyone has either been bitten or put in a situation where you might be bitten at least once in your life. It doesn't have to be that way...

Here is Part One of our training tips to avoid being bitten. In this blog, I want to talk about what to do (and not to do) when a dog approaches. Believe it or not, many times WE cause the bite to take place. Let's get you on the right track:

  • Don’t turn and run—dogs naturally love to chase and catch things.
  • Stand still, with your hands at your sides. In most cases, the dog will go away when it determines you are not a threat.
  • Don’t put your hand out—just allow the dog to approach you to sniff you.
  • Don't scream. If you say anything, speak calmly and firmly.
  • Face the dog at all times, but don’t stare. Avoid eye contact.
  • Back away slowly, watching the dog from the corner of your eye, until the dog is out of sight.
Some of these tips might appear difficult to accomplish (like not moving), but they work. I have used them many times and still have my fingers and toes.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

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