There’s simply no way to prevent coming in contact with unfamiliar dogs from around the neighborhood. Even when you’re enjoying a walk around the block, a dog and his or her owner may cross your path. Although the dog may look as though they are friendly, you can never be too careful when first meeting a dog that you don’t know. Whether you’ve seen a small dog or a large dog, there’s no telling just how aggressive they can be. In fact, smaller dogs can be more threatening than larger ones. Barking, growling and trying to charge at you can be signs that the dog is getting ready to attack. In most cases, dogs who try to attack others simply feel threatened and as if they must protect their owners, themselves and their property. Although dog attacks can happen and do happen to over 5 million people per year, it is important to aware your children of these dangers and alert them of how they can protect themselves from these sorts of attacks.
Dog Attack Precautions
Even if your child loves animals, it is extremely important to teach them to take the proper precautions in warding off dog attacks. Whether they see a dog walking around the neighborhood or chained up in a yard, let them know that they should never approach the animal without proper supervision. They should also not aggravate or egg on the dog, as this can cause aggressive behavior. Even if the dog is chained up, children should avoid all contact with the animal and avoid smiling at them because it can cause the dog to become annoyed and more likely to break free of his or her restraints.
Dog Attack Warning Signs
Teach your children to look for warning signs that could alert them about whether a dog is looking to attack them or not. Some dogs may just be curious and playful while others are aggressive and more likely to attack strangers. You should never avoid warning signs simply based on the breed of the dog. If a dog approaches with its body curving is most likely not planning an attack, but those who approach you with a straight and stiff body may be dangerous. A steady run at you means that they are getting ready to attack while a gallop simply means that they are playing. By showing your children the warning signs, they will be able to avoid attacks effectively.
When approached by an unfamiliar dog, it is common for children to want to fun away, cry or scream in fear. By teaching them to be calm in this situation, you could be protecting them from an attack. Dogs can sense fear and may make them feel more confident in their attack if they know that you are frightened. Instead, remain calm and control the situation by commanding the dog to get down or go home.
Children can protect themselves from a dog attack by slowing backing away from the situation and leaving the scene once the dog seems to lose interest. By staying calm and uninterested, the dog is likely to leave you alone.
Blocking the Bite
If a dog is heading your way and seems to be ready to attack, find a stick or use your shoe to effectively block their bite. This can give you enough time to get away from the situation safely without dealing with serious injuries.
By taking advantage of these 5 tips, you will be helping your children to avoid dog attacks and how to handle themselves in the event of a run-in with an unfamiliar animal. In the unfortunate case you have been attacked by a dog, you can read more about obtaining legal representation from personal injury attorneys Friedman, Martin & Stevens.