Dog safety tips
Dog safety tips
- If an unknown dog approaches you
- If you are approached by a threatening dog
- If you are attacked
- Minimising, avoiding and recognising aggressive behaviour
- Stand still, be like a tree.
- Let the dog sniff you, this is how it gets to know you.
- Move slowly and speak softly - quick movements and loud voices can scare a dog.
- Don't try to pat it, even if it seems friendly.
- Don't run away.
|If you are approached by a threatening dog|
- Remain calm and still (like a tree). Quick movements and loud noises can cause a dog to react.
- Keep hands by your sides.
- Turn so you are 'side on' to the dog.
- Keep the dog in sight but don't stare directly at it - look down at your feet or the dog’s feet.
- Try firm and simple commands such as 'no', 'stay', 'down' or 'go home' in a calm voice.
- Use the dog's name if you know it.
- If you have a child with you, keep him or her behind you. Don’t pick your child (or dog) up.
- Slowly and quietly back away from the dog, keeping it in sight.
- If the dog is not acting (or stops acting) in a threatening way, confidently and quietly move away.
- Put an object between you and the dog, eg, a bag, parcel, bicycle, car door.
- If a dog leaps at you, cover your face and neck with your hands and arms.
- Don't turn your back or scream.
- Never lie down.
- If you are knocked down, lie down with your face down, curl up in a foetal position (roll up into a ball) and put your hands and arms over the back of your head and neck.
- If a dog bites you, wash and disinfect the area and see a doctor as soon as possible.
- Remember to take notice of the dog's details – eg, its breed, size and colour, any collar or tags - and the time, location and (if it ran off) the direction went.
- Contact us to report the incident.
- face the dog head on, look it in the eye, run or scream
- try to stop two dogs fighting - always seek help by phoning our Animal Education and Control Team.
- hurt a dog, eg, don't pull its ears or tail or jump on top of it
- reach your hand into a car window or through a fence to pat a dog
- enter someone's property until the dog's owner knows you’re there
- bother a dog when it’s eating or sleeping
- scream, wave your arms about or run away
- make a dog feel trapped by cornering it or boxing it in (eg, by suddenly hugging or kissing it)
- surprise a dog by creeping up on it
- leave a dog alone with an infant or child
- approach an unfamiliar dog without the owner’s permission.
Be very careful if you:
- approach a dog playing with toys
- approach a mother dog with her puppies
- approach a dog with food.
Page reviewed: 09 Jun 2021 8:26am