While most dogs are friendly, all are capable of using their teeth when they feel threatened. Learn how to avoid being on the receiving end of those sharp weapons with these 7 tips for staying safe around dogs…
- Understand dog body language and stay away from dogs who are scared or angry. Both may bite. Be prepared for a dog’s behaviour to change at any point.
- When we approach friendly dogs, do so in a non-threatening manner ie. approach from the side where the dog can see you, never make direct eye contact and let the dog sniff you
- When we touch dogs, especially those we don’t know, do so non-threateningly by letting the dog sniff your hand and then, if still friendly, pat them on the chest and under the chin. Keep your face away from a dog’s face.
- Socialise puppies adequately (ask an animal behaviourist about this procedure) and continue to socialise your dog throughout life.
5. Train your dog and ensure your dog fits into your lifestyle. Reward your dog for good behaviour.
6. If you suspect your dog may become aggressive, seek help to solve this problem. Take care not to put anyone else in danger.
7. If your dog is dangerous ie. has bitten or threatened a person or animal, take every precaution to ensure the safety of the community.