Encoutering Aggressive Dogs

If you encounter an aggressive dog — some combination of bared fangs, growling, tense body, erect ears, stiff tail (or held high, wagging faster than normal):

  • Stop running; stand still with arms folded across your chest; stay calm.
  • Avoid direct eye contact.
  • Turn sideways and utilize peripheral vision.
  • Vocalize firm commands such as “Go home!”

Most dogs will eventually get bored or befuddled — or sometimes obey! — and retreat. However, if the dog attacks:

  • Unleash the air horn or pepper spray.
  • Place something between you and the dog: water bottle, cap/visor, towel, etc.
  • In a sustained attack, punch, kick, knee, and yell for help.
  • Getting knocked down can be life-threatening. Curl up in a ball, chin and knees tucked, and cover your ears and neck with your arms (clench your hands).

Contact A Dog Bite Lawyer

Following an attack, seek medical attention, call animal control and/or the police, and contact Jason at 404-474-0804. Unless you provoked the dog or were trespassing, the dog’s owner will likely be responsible for your injuries and damages.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.
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