A wide variety of workers cross paths with potentially dangerous dogs every day:
- Postal Carriers
- Delivery Drivers
- Repair Technicians
- Land Surveyors
- Building Inspectors
- Emergency Responders
Whether you are working in one of these jobs, or merely taking a walk, it’s important to know the best ways to avoid a dog bite. Although you can’t always stop an attack, these tips can help you lower your risk of a potentially severe dog bite:
As soon as you see an unfamiliar dog, back up slowly and walk away. If the dog belongs to someone you’re visiting, call the owner and explain you have arrived but a dog is blocking your way.
Pay close attention: A dog’s behavior can instantly change if it is feeling tired, sick or threatened. It might begin to feel startled, scared, angry, territorial or protective. Sleeping and eating dogs, as well as pregnant and new mothers, are often the most dangerous.
Look for Signs
Dogs use body language to communicate their emotions. Beyond showing their teeth and growling to show that they are upset and/or about to attack, a dog might tense up, display raised fur or a wrinkled nose.
Keep in mind that attempting to calm an upset dog with words or petting rarely works. Your best bet in this situation is to simply walk away.
Call for Help
If you find a stray, call your local Humane Society, animal shelter or other professional animal control organization for assistance. Beyond the risk of a painful bite, a stray dog might have a transmittable bacteria, virus or parasite.
Carry Pepper Spray
Dogs also hate pepper spray. Although this is not recommended as a primary defense against dog bites, it may be your only option if you are unable to avoid a dangerous dog or wait for help to arrive.
Share These Tips
Although many dogs are not dangerous, it is important to always stay vigilant in the presence of an unknown animal. Share these tips with coworkers or loved ones who might be at risk of a potentially dangerous dog bite. Many of the more than 1,000 bite incidents that occur daily in the U.S. involve young children and teens that may not know how to prevent them.
If you have already been bitten, or you have another personal injury situation, call Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez at (702) 388-4476 to request your free consultation today.