Let’s say you’re on your daily walk or jog around the neighborhood and you come across a dog that has been inadequately secured by a negligent owner. It looks aggressive, possibly even dangerous. It spots you and is making its way closer. The actions you take may be the difference between getting away without a scratch and a trip to the hospital. It may even make the difference between life and death. So, what do you do in this situation?

How to Avoid Being Bitten by a Dog

When in danger, you may feel the urge to fight or flee. Avoid following your natural instincts. The best thing to do when confronted by an aggressive dog is to stay calm. Dogs only become more energetic and aggressive when its perceived prey exhibits stress.

Also avoid making eye contact with the dog. Stand with the side of your body facing the dog, but keep it in your peripheral vision.

Once the dog has slowed down, assert your space by using an object to make yourself appear bigger while retaining your calm energy. The dog will likely lose interest if it senses that you are not threatened by it and vice versa.

What to Do if You Are Attacked by a Dog

Despite taking preventative measures, you may still be attacked. In this case, follow the tips provided below to minimize damage:

  • Try to get the dog to bite something on you that isn’t your flesh. Once the dog has latched onto the object, discard it and move away slowly. The dog should be distracted long enough for you to get to safety.
  • If you must get bitten, make sure your face, chest and throat are protected. Also ball up your fists to protect your fingers. Ideally you want to be bit on the shins or forearm.
  • Once bitten, resist the urge to pull away. This could cause the tearing of flesh and allow the dog to make a repeated attack. Remember, the dog has only one mouth. If it is latched on, you can use a free hand to pull it up by its back legs and take control of the situation.
  • After you receive medical attention, contact the experienced Carlsbad dog bite attorneys at Jurewitz Law Group Injury & Accident Lawyers to get started on your injury claim. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills among other damages.

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