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07/24/15

Bite marks: How to spot a dog ready to bite and which ones most likely to do so

Summer has plenty of meaning for the masses.
Warmer temperatures, less clothing, swimming pools, sunshine and hopefully a vacation sandwiched in somewhere between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
But beyond the ideal summer that you're in the midst of having, one element of the season can't go unnoticed.
Dogs.
This isn't so much a call to action to adopt a pet or put yours out in the humid temperature, but rather the awareness factor that is missing for the masses as it relates to dog bites, and how they rise in the summer months with more people home during the day and more of man's best friend running lose where you might least expect it.

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And with that, you need to be fully aware of the dangers of dogs, particularly how to react to one that is aggressive and how to spot one that is more interested in attacking than playing nice. Dogs that tend to show their teeth and growl are the ones that are perhaps more inclined to pounce. Barking isn't always a sign that you're about to get charged. Paying particular attention to their tail is key as the curled version means they're frightened and that equals more of an inclination to defend their territory.
What you want to steer clear of as it pertains to dogs that are showing signs of aggression is reacting by running or making eye contact, both of which are no nos in the doggie world. You want to avoid staring a dog down but rather use your voice to command them to stop or "go home," a popular phrase that works if the dog seems more friendly than ready to feast.
If you're being attacked by a dog, you should attempt to use anything in and around the area as a shield of sorts, such as an umbrella should you have one or even if you take off a jacket, ball it up and use it as a way to get the dog to bite something other than you.
If a dog knocks you to the ground, curl up in a ball, protect your face and cover your head. This keeps you out of harm's way in terms of being bit. Some dog walkers who have ones of their own are carrying some sort of dog or pepper spray to stay safe, both themselves and their own pups.
Although you can't put all of your stock in the idea that some dogs bite more than others, statistics show that certain breeds such as Dobermans, Huskys, Chow Chows and Pitbulls are a few of the dogs to be particularly leery of when you come into contact with them.
At the end of the day, you don't want to get bit and you can take the necessary steps to avoid it completely.

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