According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, more than 4.5 million people in the United States are bitten by dogs every year. Nearly one in five people bitten by dogs require medical attention.
So, how do you avoid getting bit by man’s best friend? The first thing you should always do is act polite and respect the aggressive or agitated dog’s personal place. When you see an unfamiliar dog, never approach it, especially if it’s tied or confined behind a fence.
Furthermore do not disturb a dog while they are eating, sleeping, chewing on a toy, or tending to its puppies. Always assume that a canine who doesn’t know you may see you as a threat or intruder.
Be Aware of the Dog’s Body Language
The following are common signs which indicate that a dog is uncomfortable and might feel the need to attack:
- Tensed body
- Pulled back head and ears
- Stiff tail
- Furrowed brow
- Intense stare
- Eyes rolled to make whites visible
- Backing away
- Flicking tongue
Remember, do not turn your back on the aggressive dog or run away. A dog’s natural instinct will be to chase you down.
How to Reach When a Dog May Attack
If you are approached by a dog who may attack, perform the following steps:
- Do not scream or run away.
- Remain completely motionless, hands at your side, and avoid eye contact with the dog.
- As soon as the dog loses interest in you, back away slowly until you are out of sight.
- If the dog decides to attack, “feed” them your jacket, backpack, purse, bicycle, or anything you can put between yourself and the dog.
- If you get knocked down or fall to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and do not move. Again, avoid screaming or rolling around.
If you sustained a serious injury after being attacked by a dog on someone else’s property in Massachusetts, contact our Worcester personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. today.