If it looks like a dog is going to attack — if it is barking and charging toward you, for instance — you have to make a split-second decision to decide what to do. Should you try to escape?
The answer is not as simple as you may assume. While you do want to escape without injury, you need to know exactly how to do it. Here are some tips:
1. Instead of running, stop moving
You may feel like running away from the dog as fast as possible, but you won’t outrun it — even if you’re an elite athlete. Instead, you need to stop moving and stand as still as possible. This makes you look less threatening.
2. Turn to the side
Next, try to shrink your profile by turning to the side. Again, you’re trying to appear unthreatening, but you’re also trying to give the dog a smaller target if it tries to bite. You want to watch the dog, but without making eye contact — which dogs can take as an aggressive behavior — and this is a good way to do it.
3. Slowly back away
When the dog stops its charge, you can begin slowly backing away from the scene. You are escaping from danger, but you need to do it in this calm, controlled manner. This helps you put distance between the two of you without making the dog nervous or aggressive.
What if the dog still bites?
Knowing what to do is helpful, but some dogs still bite, even when you do everything right. If this happens, you may need to seek compensation for your injuries. An attorney can help you understand what steps to take next so that you can focus on your recovery.