How to Avoid Dog Bites (Part 1 of 2)
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.