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Avoiding a Dog Attack

Few pet owners, and even fewer non-owners, stop to consider the true nature of domesticated dogs. Sure, Fido may be a faithful companion for years, but even the most loving family dog is just that – a dog, a member of the canine species, descended from thousands of years of wild, territorial, predatory animals. While not intended to inspire paranoia, coming to this realization is an important part of learning dog safety.

The point is – beneath the surface, every dog is hardwired with survival instincts. These instincts may be buried under layers of domestication, but they are still there. Provocative behavior toward a dog, particularly one who is unfamiliar with you, can bring these instincts to the surface and incite a dog to attack. For this reason, everyone should practice caution when approaching a new dog.

  • Make yourself less threatening. A dog who sees you as a threat is likely to go into survival mode, which means defending against and eliminating the threat – you. When you approach a strange dog, lower yourself or crouch so that you appear smaller and less of a threat.
  • No sudden movements. A cliched but true statement. Making quick movements toward a dog may look to the dog like an attempted attack. On the same note, don’t run toward a dog, as this could also be interpreted as threatening behavior.
  • Let the dog set the pace. Once you are close to the dog, he or she will most likely want to investigate you by sniffing you. Offer him or her your hands and allow him or her to get accustomed to you. Keep your face, neck, and other vulnerable areas away, at least in the beginning.

While most domesticated dogs will not usually attack, the fact remains that millions of Americans are bitten by dogs in a year. Many are sent to hospitals – some even die from their injuries. Exercising some basic caution can save you years of pain and suffering.

Dog owners are responsible for controlling their dogs and may be responsible for injuries that their dog inflicts on others. If you have been the victim of a dog attack, contact a Wausau dog bite lawyer from Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today at 800-242-2874.