Dog Attack Prevention and Protection Tips
Back in the day, I had a dog bite that required 80 stitches at the hospital. Since that time I have become acutely aware of how terrifying a dog attack or a dog bite can be. Even to this day it still sends a chill up and down my spine when I think about that experience. Millions of Americans-close to 5 million-are bitten by dogs every year with close to 1 million of them requiring treatment at an emergency room.
Every day 1,000 Americans are treated at hospitals for dog bites-many of those people are bitten in the face because they are children.
We have made a study of effective dog attack prevention tips and want to pass some new ones along to you.
If you smile at a growling dog, he may see the bared teeth as a sign of aggressiveness.
The dog’s body language can send you a signal whether he wants to play or whether he means serious business. A loping gait means he wants to play with you; a steady run is much more problematic as is a stiff body. A curving body indicates a much more relaxed dog, one who’s checking you out.
Unless the dog is trained to attack specific areas of the body, dogs often consider a shirt or jacket to be part of the target. Removing your shirt or jacket and allowing the dog to get a hold of it can buy you some time to escape or seek another remedy. If you have an umbrella, this creates a confusing diversion for the dog and may save a serious bite.
Some old tips include never running away from a dog. Dogs have prey instincts to chase and catch animals. You can’t out run a dog anyhow, so don’t even try.
And don’t pose a threatening position where you have eye contact and face the dog. Turn sideways and view the dog with peripheral vision. This presents a non-threatening view to the dog.
If you have access to a water hose, spraying a dog with a strong jet of water is a great way to get it to back off.
Dog pepper spray is particularly effective. Make sure you always have a self-defense pepper spray with you when you’re out and about. They’re not only good on humans but as a dog attack defense too.
Those are some new dog attack and dog bite prevention tips. If you follow them, you may stay out of the emergency room at the hospital.
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