Whether you are dealing with a family pet or a stray, knowing how to behave around dogs can help you avoid getting bitten. Unfortunately, not all dog owners are responsible or have ensured their dogs received proper training. While it is impossible to control the behavior of dogs and their owners, there are several things you can do to protect yourself from dog attacks.
Do not provoke or taunt dogs in any way, even those that seem out of reach. Avoid making direct eye contact with dogs as they may consider it a challenge or threat. Bothering dogs that are sleeping or eating can also increase the risk of being bitten.
When dogs are scared, bored, startled or annoyed, the chances of them attacking are higher. Understanding the body language of dogs can help you recognize signs of stress.
Many familiar behaviors like shaking, yawning, licking lips or placing the tail between the legs indicate that a dog may be stressed. Relaxed dogs tend to hold their heads up high and tails low. On the other hand, curled lips, arched backs and tails up should be considered warning signs.
Keep in mind that young children may not be able to identify these signs. Having adults supervise their interactions with dogs can help keep them safe.
Remain still and calm if a dog approaches you. Avoid yelling or running away, as such behaviors may be considered cues to attack. Whenever you approach a dog, be sure to move slowly. As a precaution, stay away from unfamiliar dogs.
Despite every effort to prevent dog bites, they can and still do occur. If you or a loved one has been injured in a dog attack in Illinois, contact the experienced dog bite attorneys Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.