What do you do when you get scared?
Maybe you try to run away or maybe you scream at what, or who, is scaring you. Dogs can get scared to. Sometimes they run away but sometimes they will bite. Even the nicest, cutest dog can get scared and bite.
Dogs talk to us with something called body language. We have body language also. Body language means that, without speaking, we say something to others around us. Dogs that are scared and may be thinking about biting will have the following body language:
Tail is between their legs, low to the ground
Ears are close to their head, not up in the air
They are walking very low to the ground and growling.
THESE ARE SIGNS TO BE VERY CAREFUL
How can I avoid being bitten by a dog?
Never approach a strange dog, especially one who's tied or confined behind a fence or in a car. Always ask the dog’s owner if you can pet the dog. Don't pet a dog—even your own—without letting him see and sniff you first. Never turn your back to a dog and run away. A dog's natural instinct will be to chase and catch you. Don't disturb a dog while she's sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy, or caring for puppies. Be very careful around strange dogs.
Always think that a dog that doesn't know you may be scared of you.
What should I do if I think a dog may attack?
Never scream and run. Stand like a tree or lay down like a log. Do not move, hands at your sides, and do not look at the dog. Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until he is out of sight. If the dog does attack, "feed" him your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog. If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless. Try not to scream or roll around.
What should I do if a dog bites me?
Immediately wash the wound thoroughly with soap and warm water. Tell your Mom or Dad. Call your Doctor. Tell the local animal control official everything you know about the dog, including his owner's name and the address where he lives. If the dog is a stray, tell the animal control official what the dog looks like, where you saw him, whether you've seen him before, and in which direction he went.