If you have ever been approached by an agitated or defensive dog, you will know how scary it can be – especially if you have a smaller dog or you are with your children. To stay safe, here are some of the best ways to minimise your risk of being bitten by a dog:
- Cross the road
Dogs on leads account for the most attacks, contrary to belief. That’s because people are put into a false sense of security and walk in close proximity to another person’s dog. You can avoid being nipped or bitten, by simply crossing the road. If you are in a park, then do not approach the other person’s dog and keep your own dog on a lead.
- Keep your children close
Dogs are natural predators and larger dogs especially are attracted to children. Even the most docile dog can turn nasty. To avoid getting into an altercation where your children’s lives are put at risk, do not let your children near another person’s dog – even if the dog appears to be welcoming and friendly. By avoiding this potential altercation all together, you will not be forced into fighting with the dog to save your children.
- Say ‘no!’ or ‘go home!’
If you are approached by an unfamiliar dog, it’s important to remember that it has an owner who has trained it. If the owner is not in sight, shouting ‘no!’ or ‘go home!’ in a deep voice can be enough to get the dog to leave you alone.
- Stay still
If shouting a command at the dog does not work, then you should stand still and refrain from making eye contact with the dog. If the dog starts to growl, do not panic. You should stay still and wait for the dog to pass you or back away.
- Curl up into a ball
If the worst happens and you are attacked by a dog, it’s advisable that you curl up into a ball with your head tucked and your hands over your ears. This protects your neck and your face. Neck and face injuries are the most serious types of injury from a dog attack.
How much compensation could you be owed from such an injury? Well, Minor dog bites usually result in a pay-out of £850-£1,500 while more serious attacks usually result in a pay-out of £2,500-£10,000. Check out https://www.accidentadvicehelpline.co.uk/pages/much-compensation-can-get-dog-bite/ if you would like to find out more about dog bite compensation. At Accident Advice Helpline, you can also get specialist claims advice from claims advisors. You can discover your eligibility to make a claim and get free advice to help you make the right claims decision.