How to Handle Dog Attack – Keeping You and your Pekingese Safe

 


Question: As a dog owner, do you know how to handle dog attack? It may have happened to you before: you were simply passing by with your dog or cycling alone through a neighborhood when suddenly out of the blue a dog suddenly crosses your path. The dog would show aggressive behavior and even charges at you and your dog. So much for being man’s best friend. Even small dogs like your very own pekingese is capable of giving you a painful bite when he is feel threathened and all worked up. According to the US statistics, nearly 5M people are attacked by canines yearly, and 1000 individuals go to the emergency room on a daily basis due to a dog attack. Most of the victims are children and most have been bitten on the face.

There are various of reasons on why a dog would act aggressively however there are only two categories of biting dogs. Your chances of being bitten would be greatly reduced if you are able to tell what kind of behavior he is exhibiting and act accordingly. Know that canines don’t smell fear, however they can read body languages easily.

  • Fear Biter – Ninety percent of the biters belong to this category. These are the dogs that feel threatened and all worked up. 
  • Brave Biter – Ten percent of the biters are in this group. These are the dogs who want to establish dominance over anyone.

How to Handle Dog Attack – Keeping You and your Pekingese Safe

 

How to Handle Dog Attack

When approached by a stray dog, no matter the size, stop walking completely. Stand completely still and get a sighting on the dog without making eye contact. With your head pointed down toward the ground (this is a non-aggressive motion), watch the dog from the corner of your eye. Do not make eye contact or stare at the dog. Say nothing at first, most dogs will go away if you stop moving and do nothing. You become boring to them, so they move on. Continue to watch the dog until it is completely out of sight, and remain aware that it may still be watching you from a distance. Walk away slowly, or back away slowly if the dog is still near you. Do not turn your back, even on a retreating dog.

If the dog continues to advance on you, stay where you are and say the word “no” loud and firmly. Don’t scream or yell at the dog. Nearly every dog knows what “no” means and will usually back off when told firmly. Don’t raise a hand when you say it, remain perfectly still and standing up straight. Again, keep the dog in your sights in the same way as above, with your head down and not staring. Slowly back out of the situation while repeating the word “no” to the dog. Do not turn your back on the dog.

Source: Yahoo, http://voices.yahoo.com/dog-attacks-confronted-aggressive-8440355.html by Meucci Cameron

Fear Biter Characteristics

  • Bare teeth a lot.
  • Crouching position most of the time.
  • He would circle or try top get to one side of you.
  • He would act angrily.
  • Try to lunge in and out, trying to take a bite you while on the run.

What to Do:

  • Halt completely.
  • Face him with your face and body.
  • If he tries to circle you, pivot your feet and keep on facing him. If tries to bite you, tell him ‘NO’ in a stern manner.
  • If you have something with you, keep it between the dog and you.
  • If owner shows up, do not take your eyes off the canine.
  • If dog is persistent, walk backwads slowly until you are out of his territory. It is utmost important that you do not tun your back on the dog or yell and run.

Brave Biter Characteristics

  • They seldom act angrily.
  • Their tails and ears are held high at all times.
  • They prance in a proud manner as they walk towards you.
  • They do not circle you.
  • They may wag their tail while held high and put a paw on you.

What to Do:

  • Relax and stop jogging or walking.
  • Turn your body slightly so that you are not completely facing him.
  • Fold your arms and keep them high on your chest.
  • If he stands up on you, do not hold him down, just stand still!
  • If he would walk away, you should do it also in a careful and slow manner. Remember to keep your eye on the dog.

Know that dogs only bite when they feel stressed out, threatened or if they think that one of his family members is in danger. If a dog would chase you, do not run because running is a submissive behavior and he would be challenged and pursue the attack. Every person should know how to handle dog attack because your reaction would determine if you can walk away unharmed or injured or worse.

Did you experience a dog attack? How did you handle it? Share with us your story.

 

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