Each year, more than 350,000 dog bite victims are seen in emergency rooms across the country, and approximately 850,000 victims receive medical attention. CDC data collected in the USA between 2001 and 2003 indicated there were 4.5 million dog bite victims per year, and those numbers are increasing.
Most of these victims are children.
Get it? Dog attacks are no joke.
Today I will discuss some ways to survive a dog attack and keep yourself from getting bitten or severely injured. These steps can also be taught to children to help them keep safe.
How do you avoid getting bit by a dog? Start by being polite and respecting the dog’s personal space. Never approaching an unfamiliar dog, especially one who’s tied or confined behind a fence or in a car. Don’t pet a dog—even your own—without letting him see and sniff you first.
Don’t disturb a dog while she’s sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy, or caring for puppies. Be cautious around strange dogs. Always assume that a dog who doesn’t know you may see you as an intruder or a threat.
Pay attention to the dog’s body language. Put a safe amount of space between yourself and a dog if you see signals that the dog is uncomfortable and might feel the need to bite. Some of these signals are a tensed body, a stiff tail, pulled back head and/or ears, furrowed brow, and eyes rolled so the whites are visible.
When putting space between yourself and a dog who might bite, never turn your back on him dog and run away. A dog’s natural instinct will be to chase and catch you.
When faced with a dog exhibiting signs he is going to bite, resist the impulse to scream and run away. Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog. Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until he is out of sight.
If the dog does attack, “feed” him your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything you can put between yourself and the dog.
If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless. Try not to scream or roll around.
If the dog starts to relax, back away slowly but do not turn your back on them. This will give them an opportunity to catch you off guard and bite you from behind.If the dog gets a hold of your arm or leg, stop moving and do no attempt to get away. The dog will tighten his grip on your leg or arm and cause a bigger injury. Pay attention to protecting more important parts of your body.
Do not try to roll away as it will only make the dog bite you even more. Your goal now is to minimize the injuries you will get from the dog bites and survive. Dogs become more aggressive as they see their target fighting back or trying to escape. Pretend to submit to the dog to lessen their grip and tension.
Staying calm and avoiding panic are the first things you must remember when encountering an angry dog. Dogs are man’s best friend but sometimes they can turn against man too and you must learn how to read a dog’s mind to protect yourself.
Together We Can Survive Anything,
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