How to Properly Approach a Dog [INFOGRAPHIC]

Each day, about 1,000 U.S citizens require emergency care treatment for dog bite injuries. That’s every 75 seconds. Many times, dog bites occur because people do not understand how to properly introduce themselves to dogs. Take a look at the Infographic below to see tips and tricks in approaching dogs.

how to approach a dog

Avoiding Dog Bites:

  1. Ask permission from the dog’s owner before interacting. Never approach a dog if the owner is not present, or if the dog is tied up.
  2. Don’t offer your hand to be sniffed. Instead, stand with your side facing the dog. Avoid eye contact, and let them come to you.
  3. Be calm. Don’t make sudden movements
  4. Don’t make high-pitched noises. Greet dogs using your normal voice
  5. Bending over a dog or petting their head from above can frighten them. It’s better to squat down to their level and pet their chest or sides.
  6. Not every dog can be your friend. Read the dog’s body language.

 

We hope these helpful tips will help to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones around dogs. Again, knowing how to approach dogs and read a dog’s body language can help in avoiding dog bites. However, if you or a loved one has been bitten by a dog or animal, call the Law Offices of Michael A. DeMayo today to see if we can help.