Hello all, Benny here. I just wanted to remind you that this week, May 19-25, is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I can’t think of a better time to review preventative measures to avoid becoming the victim of a cantankerous canine.
I still remember the time when I had a good friend, Thomas Walpole, over for lunch one gorgeous afternoon. The entire time he was there, my dog kept eying poor Tom warily, growling periodically. Good old Tom just kept his cool and ignored him. Tom managed to leave without incident about an hour later, though he never did return for a follow-up visit. I’m still not sure what really sparked the unease with my faithful companion, but it might have had something to do with the fact that Tom was a banker and still wearing his uniform-like suit when he came over.
Anyway, I thought you might be interested in the following tips to help avoid being bitten by a dog:
- Never enter an area where a dog is barking, snarling, eating, sleeping, or nursing.
- Never antagonize or attempt to pet a dog.
- Do not make direct eye contact with a dog.
- Do not smile at a dog. This can be seen as a sign of aggression.
- Slowly back away from the animal.
- Never run, and never turn your back.
- Carry a satchel if appropriate.
- Carry dog spray.
- If you believe a dog is about to attack, put something between you and the dog.
- Always keep in mind that ALL dogs bite.
Until next time. Stay safe!
What close encounters have you had with a cantankerous canine? Comment here.