Dog Bite Prevention Week

Those Wary Eyes Mean Business

May 18-24 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. This important campaign serves as a reminder that while dogs can be friendly, they also have the potential to cause serious harm.

Dog owners are typically affectionate toward their pets, but some owners may have an unrealistic expectation that their beloved pooch “won’t bite” or “wouldn’t hurt a fly.” The truth is that all dogs have the potential to bite.

Keep the following tips in mind when encountering any canine:

  • Never enter an area where a dog is barking, snarling, eating, sleeping or nursing.
  • Never antagonize or attempt to pet a dog.
  • Do not make direct eye contact with a dog.
  • Do not smile at a dog. This can be seen as a sign of aggression.
  • Slowly back away from the animal.
  • Never run, and never turn your back.
  • Carry dog spray when possible.
  • Place an object such as a backpack or bicycle between yourself and an aggressive dog if you believe it is about to attack.
  • Never assume a dog is friendly because ALL dogs have the potential to bite.
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