A dog attack can happen unexpectedly. You may be walking through your neighborhood when an unfamiliar dog crosses your path. If the dog begins to bark, growl or charges at you, knowing what to do can greatly reduce your chances of getting bitten or worse.
First, you should be able to recognize the signs of an angry dog versus a dog that just wants to play. An angry dog will have its nose pulled back and may be revealing its teeth. The hair along the back of its neck will be sticking up and its ears may be pinned back against its head. Its body may appear tense and stiff. A dog that comes up to you wagging its tail with its tongue out probably doesn't want anything more than a pat on the head.
If you see a dog that might be aggressive, try ignoring it first. Stand still and don't look the dog in the eyes. Don't give any verbal commands and keep your hands at your sides. Acting like you haven't noticed the animal may cause it to lose interest in you.
If the dog is clearly agitated, don't turn tail and run away. Sprinting off will just encourage the dog to attack. Instead give a firm "No!" command and tell the dog to go home. Make yourself look big and strong. If the dog manages to bite you, it's time to use everything you've got to fight back. Kick, punch, shout. Grab rocks, sticks and whatever else you need to defend yourself. Try to strike the dog in the throat area. This will temporarily stun the animal and might give you enough time to escape.
Hopefully, most of us will never have to fight off a dog attack. But if you do, it's good to go into it knowing how to handle the situation.
If you've been the victim of a dog attack, you may be entitled to compensation if the dog owner acted negligently in restraining their pet. Contact the Kyle Law Firm today to speak to a Texas dog bite attorney.