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Pawsitive Training for Better Dogs

“Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail.”

Josh Billings

Dog Bite Prevention

An Educational Message from the Los Angeles SPCA/SCHS and Pedigree Food for Dogs

Meeting an owned dog (on a leash with its owner)

  • ASK the owner if the dog is friendly and if you can pet it.
  • BEND your legs slightly so you don't tower over the dog.
  • Allow the dog to SNIFF your closed fist, keeping an arms distance between you and the dog. If the dog seems friendly, then...
  • Pet the dog under the CHIN—do not pet it on top of the head, as the dog may think you might hit it or trying to control it.
  • Never approach a dog you don't know, especially if it's tied up, in a yard, or in a parked car!
  • Don't pet a dog, even one you know, without letting it see and sniff you first!
  • Don't disturb a dog that's sleeping, eating, playing with a toy, or caring for its puppies.

NEVER APPROACH A STRAY DOG---Call your local animal shelter to come pick up the dog.

What to do if you see a stray dog

  • Do NOT run!  Running may trigger the chase instinct in the dog.
  • Remain motionless... stand still with your fists under your chin.
  • Say "No!" or "Go home!" in a firm voice.
  • Don't stare the dog in the eyes.
  • If you are on the ground or are knocked down, lay still with your fists over your ears, elbows over your face, and knees in your chest.
  • In case of attack, put something between you like a purse or backpack.

Warning signs that a dog might bite

  • Ears laid back
  • Tail up
  • Stiff legs
  • Growling
  • Barking 
  • Snarling
  • Hair standing up on its back
  • Showing its teeth

What to do if you are bitten

  • Wash the wound and immediately see a doctor.
  • Report the bite to your local animal control office and the health department.

Thanks to SPCALA for providing this valuable information!

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