Protect Yourself

If you feel threatened by a dog and fear that you may be attacked, follow these tips to protect yourself:

♦ Stand still and turn slightly so that you aren't facing the dog directly. Never try to stare down a dog; that's issuing a challenge. Don't turn your back on the dog.

♦ Tell the dog to go home; many who run loose know what that phrase means.

♦ If you're on a bicycle, stop, get off, and use it as a shield between you and the dog.

♦ If you have a backpack, purse, or briefcase or are carrying something, use it as a shield.

♦ If a dog attacks you, try to stuff the purse or briefcase in his mouth. If at all possible, try not to scream. A high-pitched scream is the sound of prey.

♦ If you are knocked down by a dog, curl up in a ball and protect your neck and head with your arms. Play dead if you can.

Always seek medical help after a dog bite. Dogs can have a lot of bacteria in their mouths, and your doctor will probably prescribe antibiotics after scrubbing and soaking the wound. The doctor will also report the bite, even if you don't, so you will need to able to describe the dog. If you know where the dog lives, report that, too. The doctor will want to make sure that the dog has been vaccinated, especially for rabies. By reporting the bite, animal control or police officials can intervene, especially if the dog is a stray or the owner refuses to take responsibility for the dog.

Pit Bulls as Pets

Pit Bulls as Pets

Are You Under The Negative Influence Of Hyped Media Stereotypes When It Comes To Your Knowledge Of Pit Bulls? What is the image that immediately comes into your mind when you think of the words Pit Bull? I can almost guarantee that they would be somewhere close to fierce, ferouscious, vicious, killer, unstoppable, uncontrollable, or locking jawed man-eaters.

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