Dogs can be man’s best friend, but they can be vicious enemies as well. Here are some things you need to know about dogs and dog bites:
Dogs do not bite just because. They might be provocated by various reasons and they are the following:
Dominance and Protection of Its Territory. This happens when the dog considers himself as the head of the pack. If it feels that you have overstepped the bounds as a member of its pack, the dog might be provocated. Dogs can also be territorial. They will protect what they consider theirs if they feel that there is a need.
Fear. If the dog is afraid of a particular person or situation, it might also feel provocated. If the dog is ill or feeling injured, then it may bite anyone approaching. Sometimes when a dog is in a fight with another dog and someone attempts to separate them, the dog(s) might bite that person.
So how do you prevent from being bitten?
Treat dogs with respect. They feel pain so stop those tail or ear pulling. Leave their food and toys alone. Never approach a strange dog. Before you pet a dog, stand still and let it sniff you. Do not disturb a sleeping dog or a female dog that is caring for its puppies.
Avoid getting involved in a dog fight unless necessary. Never run away from a dog, it’s instinct will tell it to chase you. Just avoid direct eye contact and stand still with your hands close to your sides.
If you’ve been bitten, confirm if the dog has received rabies vaccination and how often has it been given. Wash the wound with soap and water. Apply pressure to the wound with a clean towel to stop or slow down the bleeding. Cover the wound with a sterile bandage and keep the injury elevated above the level of the heart. This will slow any swelling and prevent infection. Contact your doctor.