How not to get dog bit

Of course, this is best aggressive dog link I could find.   Mostly because it’s positive about correcting the behavior.   The dog is not the major problem, but a symptom of lack of socialization.

Into every life a dig will come.   Hopefully on good terms.   However, if things go bad there are simple strategies to help avoid disaster.

Dogs are territorial!  If you enter, their job is to make sure you belong.   Distance yourself from their home can alleviate the threat the dog perceives. Why does that matter?   The sidewalk isn’t taught to every dog.  They don’t understand easements.  You’re in there yard.  

Dogs sense fear!  Oh please!   They great your heart rate and breathing accelerating!  They hear really well.   You’re eyes get really big when you’re excited.   The dog sees that as aggressive behavior.  If you state at dog, your oversized eyes make a strong challenge to the dog.   If you encounter the same dog on a walk, jog, bike ride talk to it.  It’ll make you more relaxed.  It gives animal reference to you, it’ll learn your behavior.  Somewhat, you still a stranger.

Body language.   If your significant other (this lacking one think mother when you were kids) was angry with you what postures would you see.  A dead stare.   A curled lip or brow.  Stiff body positions?   Ridged arms crossed almost frozen?  How about leaving toward you?   Well food don’t cross arms, but they lean.   They become frozen.   Hair on the back is a bad thing.   A tail that didn’t move is very bad.   Dropped tail and raised shoulder means it’s coming at you.  Snarling is obvious aggressive.   But jumping at fences and Windows should be considered aggressive too.   Larger dogs can break windows or jump standard height fences.   Avoiding the animal is best.   Crossing the street if you can.  

Dogs are much faster than you are.  You never turn your back on an aggressive animal. You’re giving a great target.   You’re encouraging the chase response in the dog. You have no idea of what is happening!

Yell at the dog.  Few dogs have no training.   Sit, lay down, go home. … yelling these as deep voice as you can.  Your goal is to delay an attack.   Do it long enough backing away, than you can control the encounter.  

Larger dogs cause more damage.   But labeling breeds is a disaster.   Police, EMS workers, paramedics, first aid providers rarely are given dog breed training.   So every boxy jaw dog is a pit bull.  No, it’s not.  Every Shepard is a “one person dog”, nope!  Dogs are social animals.  They learn a place in the pack.   They behave based on their tendencies and training.   They have personalities like people.   Good people, bad people and good dog, bad dog.   Don’t assume need matters.   At one time,  cocker spaniels were listed as the number one biter in the US.  Based on records in New England from hospitals.   Did anyone ban them? Are there more cocker spaniels there than in Denver?

If you come in contact with a strange dog.   Don’t put your hand or face into it’s face.   You wouldn’t do it to the dog’s owner.  The dog has no where to run on a leash.  Respect it’s space.   Ask the owner to pet the dog.  They know if the dog likes people.

I have spent eight years training my fellow US Postal workers how to avoid dog bites.   Simple training reduced dog bites by about ten percent.   They aren’t fool proof but guidelines.  Animal ownership carries responsibility.  I have a houseful of rescue animals.

16 thoughts on “How not to get dog bit

  1. I had a postal carrier in the past who could’ve used your training course. She was TERRIFIED of dogs and was aggressive to them as a result. I had four, from a large dauschund (standard..and overweight…Gypsy was close to 50 lbs), to Huny (under 10 lbs). Sausha was the ‘leader’ (alpha) and was very friendly to people. Very open and welcoming. She was 35 lbs (approx)…a labrador mix of some variation. This postal carrier kicked her. Threatened to bring pepper spray and hose her. I reported the carrier and at the time of the kicking incident went out and told the woman to get out of my yard and that I was going to kick HER if she didn’t leave immediately. Obviously Sausha hated the site of her after that and would go nuts the minute she saw her. Now I get it that postal carriers probably encounter more aggressive dogs than not, but in my case? Sausha didn’t run up to the woman growling or barking, she just sat on the sidewalk inside our fenced yard and watched the woman open the gate, then went up to her, tail wagging and tried to sniff her pant leg. No aggression. I found out from the area supervisor (whom I reported the carrier to) that I was perhaps the seventh person to complain about this woman, and that they were going to transfer her to some sort of desk job. I suggested that they terminate her, but was satisfied enough that they took her off my route.


    1. It’s almost impossible ti remove a carrier from a route. They probably made her as miserable as she made everyone else. There’s no reason to go after an animal. Kicking a dog should get you bit on principal alone. I’m in the people business, sometimes you have to talk to people


    1. It’s time consuming about fifteen minutes. I was contacted a couple years after I started program by an utility company to adopt the training to their workers. Paying a couple hundred dollars was fine. A fifteen minute presentation with an open question period not to exceed half hour was more than what they bargained for. In our cost terms twenty man hours vs overtime and medical expenses to treat one bite.


      1. Yes, it would be very costly for a company when an employee is bitten by a dog. I would think, hiring you for this presentation and Q&A would be well worth the few hundred dollars that it cost.

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      2. That’s what’s crazy. Half hour was too much time. It was interesting because I found out what they do while discussing the idea. But still we don’t have ability to carry umbrellas to scare the hell out of a dig.


  2. Great article. I think to avoid getting bitten, people need a general knowledge about what dogs are like. Such as you mentioned they are teratorial and it is also good for a dog to be able to get used to you — such as becoming used to the mail man/woman. Some dogs like my old one was very much a “pack” dog. She was wonderful to our family and Both Grandmas because we are her pack. She wasn’t good with strangers because the house/yard was her space. As she got older she became better. We trained her to go to my parents bedroom when company came. She barked for a good twenty minutes to get all her barking out, then we let her out and she was fine. We just told company not to touch her, she did, however, accept treats 🙂

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      1. I’m more of a cat person. But the interactions we have with the pets is almost criminally insane. We have not only added them to the family but talk to them better than other people. Even if the average dog can understand five thousand words, that’s such a tiny part of our day to day language. Our dog had about ten distinctive barks, the cats about a dozen actions and meows to communicate back.

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      2. That’s fascinating. Yes, pets certainly do liven things up. I can’t have one write now, but as you may have noticed I am a dog person and Io e them a lot. And they can in their own way speak through all their different barks/whines or meows for cats.

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