No one expects to be bitten by a dog, but ask any jogger, runner, bicyclist, or delivery worker, and you’re sure to hear a story of being suddenly pursued, snapped at, or bitten by a loose and aggressive dog.
Each Dog Bite Lawyer at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers knows that the best way to prevent dog attacks is for owners to properly train their dogs not to attack in the first place, and to ensure that their dogs are in a secure yard. Since some pet owners are not responsible enough to do this, here are three ways you can handle a dog that is coming at you.
There is some truth to the old saying that dogs can sense fear. If you show fear, you may make the dog feel more confident in their attack.
When a dog approaches, stand completely still. Do not wave your arms around or kick with your legs. A dog may see those movements as threatening. Don’t make eye contact with the dog either. In many cases, of you look ignore the dog, they will lose interest and walk away.
Give the dog something else to bite
If you have a water bottle, a backpack, or any other object, offer that to the dog to chew on. This could distract the dog long enough for you to move away.
If a dog lunges as starts biting you, you’ve got to defend yourself. This is when it’s OK to raise your voice and fight back. Call for help while you’re fighting back. Hopefully others will hear you and come to your aid.
If you’ve been hurt by a dog bite, you can ask any Dog Bite Lawyer at Carter Mario Injury Lawyers your legal questions. We’re dedicated to holding dog owners accountable, and we’ll do everything we can to get you the maximum value for your claim.