Tips to prevent being bitten by a dog.
1. NEVER approach a dog
Let the dog come to you
2. NEVER look a dog directly in the eye.
Always avert your eyes.
Direct eye contact is considered a challenge
3. Reach BELOW the chin, never above.
Above =dominance, which can be intimidating
4. Offer OPEN HAND/PALM UP.
Dogs identify by scent. There is no scent on the back of your hand.
Palm up also suggests that you are offering a treat. Sharing=friend
5. NEVER hold a child or small dog directly over a dog’s head.
If you must hold a small dog or baby above another dog,
lay the small dog or child on their back, belly up.
Above=dominance, which may be intimidating or perceived as a challenge.
6. DON’T RUN from an approaching dog. Turn SIDEWAYS and remain still.
Dogs are predators, and respond to rapid movement.
Being still prevents the dog from focusing on you.
Sideways =truce, “I don’t want to fight you”