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Do's and Don'ts to Avoid Dog Bites

Dogs have earned the title of “man’s best friend” over centuries of loyalty, friendship, and camaraderie with their owners. Today, they’re one of the most popular pets in the country, and in many cases an equally-important and beloved member of the family. However, dog bites still occur, and are a massive source of liability for their owners.

Dog attacks and bite injuries can be prevented with a few simple tips. Here are some do’s and don’ts for meeting new and strange dogs to help prevent you or a loved one from being bitten.


  • Allow a dog to approach you and sniff you on its own terms. This will allow a dog to become comfortable and not revert into self-defense or territorial instincts.
  • When an unfamiliar dog approaches you, remain motionless.
  • If a dog knocks you over, curl into a ball with your head tucked and your hands over your ears.
  • Use common sense. If a dog is bearing its teeth or growling at you, don’t attempt to pet it.


  • Run away from a dog.
  • Panic. Odds are the dog is as nervous about your presence as you may be about its presence. If you remain calm, the dog will likely also remain calm.
  • Attempt to pet a dog without allowing it to see or sniff you first. Dogs who are touched without warning tend to act in self-defense, despite your well-meaning intentions.
  • Allow your children to play with a strange dog without supervision.

What to Do If You Are Bitten

Not all dogs are friendly, and some will attack strangers on site. If you are unfortunately victim of one of these unprovoked attacks, immediately wash your wounds with soap and water, and seek medical attention if your wounds are serious, such as excessive bleeding or extreme pain. If you sustain a deep wound, call 911 and get emergency medical services immediately.

If you or a loved one has sustained a dog bite injury, call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC as soon as possible. We offer 24/7 service for clients who have been injured through no fault of their own, and our Stuart personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping you obtain compensation.

Call Laurie J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today at 866-975-4427 to receive a free case evaluation!