- Never approach a chained dog, an unleashed dog, or a dog that is not accompanied by the owner.
- Always ask the pet owner permission before approaching the dog.
- Do not stare directly into the dogs eyes. Staring into the eyes of a dog is viewed as a threat and the dog may instinctively begin to act in an aggressive manner.
- Just like humans shake hands when they meet each other, dogs like to sniff your hand before being pet. Gently offer your hand with your palms down, for the dog to sniff you.
- Be sure to respect the dog’s space at all times, which means do not bend over the dog, or put your face close to the dog’s face.
- You will know if the dog is comfortable with you if after the dog sniffs you, he moves closer to you wagging his tail.
- If that happens, gently pet the dog one time and wait to see what happens. Chances are the dog will tell you he likes it by moving even closer to you.
In my practice, I have handled numerous children and adults who have been severely injured by a dog. We hope information like these safety tips can prevent you or someone you know from becoming a victim. If you have questions about dog bites or your legal rights, please call me at 407-244-3000. For more information, please watch our video.