What to do when attacked by a dog

2018-03-14 06:01
Puppies learn how to socialise with others at a training school.PHOTO: supplied

Puppies learn how to socialise with others at a training school.PHOTO: supplied

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IN light of the string of attacks on people by dogs, both reported and unreported in KwaZulu-Natal, Maritzburg Fever has decided to team up with SPCA inspector Maureen Vida and Daniel Stewart, who is a world-renowned specialist consultant in training and animal handling, and disease control, in the hope of preventing further dangerous encounters with dogs.

Advising us on how to avoid being bitten by a dog, Stewart first stated that biting is a natural part of the behaviour of dogs but is only a means of defence and protection when they are feeling scared or threatened.

“A dog will never bite you for nothing if he or she is properly socialised and trained, which is highly recommended once you choose to own one,” said Stewart.

He added that if the necessary precautions are taken when you are raising your dog, you will not have to worry about your dog biting anyone for no reason.

But should anyone come across an unfamiliar dog, there are steps you can take to avoid being bitten.

• If a strange dog comes towards you, stand still, avoid eye contact and do not run or scream as the dog will then become excited and may attack.

• Never tease, chase or throw anything at dogs.

• Avoid dogs when they are eating or scavenging .

• Do not bother dogs when they are sleeping or have puppies.

• Dogs are territorial, so do not enter properties where there may be aggressive dogs. Make sure the owners are present if you do enter.

• If a dog does try to bite you, give the dog something to bite like a bag or a shirt, etc.

Stewart strongly advised dog owners to neuter their puppies within three months of having them as he said that this helps in preventing the dog from becoming vicious when grown up.

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