K-9 Tips:

When a dog may bite:

  • When it feels threatened or frightened
  • When it is protecting its territory, food, puppies, home or family
  • When it is excited or playing
  • When it doesn't know you
  • When it is enticed to chase
  • When it’s been trained or bred to be aggressive
  • When it is in pain or being teased

Signs a dog may bite:

  • If it stands stiff and still, or with its hackles up
  • If it stares at you
  • If it holds its tail stiff or up in the air, possibly wagging it
  • If it growls, snarls, bares its teeth or barks

How to act if a dog threatens:

  • Stand very still and try to be calm. Don’t scream and run away
  • Know where the dog is. Don’t turn your back on it and don’t stare into its eyes
  • If the dog comes up to sniff you, don’t resist, don’t react at all
  • If you speak, use a calm, firm voice
  • Try to stay until the dog leaves, then back away slowly
  • If the dog attacks suddenly put up your jacket, purse, or anything else in its mouth to distract it
  • If you fall or are knocked down, curl into a ball, putting your arms over your head and neck to protect them. Do not scream a roll around.

If you are bitten:

  • Kids should tell an adult/parent immediately. All bites should be reported to the police and/or local animal control officers
  • Go to a doctor or hospital for treatment
  • Tell officers as much about the dog as you remember so that they can locate the dog and its owners and check its rabies vaccination status

Other Tips:
When Skunked/Posions
Finding the Right Dog

My Dog is Dumb and Can't Be Trained/Things We Can Learn From a Dog

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