Steps to Avoid a Dog Bite

The following guidelines could prevent you or a loved one from becoming the next dog bite statistic:

  • Avoid approaching unfamiliar dogs.  If approached by an unfamiliar dog, remain motionless.
  • Avoid petting a dog without giving it an opportunity to observe and sniff you.
  • Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.
  • Avoid running away from a dog.
  • Avoid disturbing a dog that is eating, sleeping or attending to puppies.
  • Avoid leaving children, especially young children, alone with a dog.

Additional resources regarding dog bite statistics and prevention can be found through the American Humane Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

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