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What should I do if a dog attacks?

Being bitten by a dog isn't something that is fun. When you are around dogs, you have to be sure that you are aware of what the dog is doing so that you can avoid being bitten. There are several things that you can do to help keep yourself safe.

What actions by the dog should I watch for?

You should pay close attention to what the dog is doing when you are trying to decide if you need to interact with the dog. A dog that has a stiff tail or a tense body should be left alone. Other signs that a dog should be left alone include a flicking tongue, pulled back ears, furrowing brows, yawning, backing away or staring intensely. When you notice these signs, you should make sure that you move away slowly without running or turning your back on the dog.

What can I do if a dog seems it will attack?

If a dog seems like it will attack, try to resist the urge to move around frantically. Instead, don't make eye contact with the dog and try to remain as still as you can. If you have something that you can give to the dog, use that item to put in between you and the dog.

In the event you are bitten by a dog, you should seek out medical care and report the bite to the appropriate agency. If possible, wash the wound with soap and water. You might also consider seeking compensation for the dog bite from the dog's owner. Learning about this can help you make your decision.

Source: The Humane Society of the United States, "How to Avoid a Dog Bite," accessed Nov. 18, 2016

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