A news story broke on the ghanaweb news about a 72-year-old woman strolling through her neighborhood who was mauled by a dog that rushed out a door to attack her.
While my heart beats harder every time I hear about the latest dog mauling victim, There are always going to be dog bites. Take action and protect yourself. Expect the unexpected and arm yourself with these strategies of self defense.
Don’t run, stand still don’t let the dog come close to you & bite you Shout firm commands to the dog. While commands might not work as well for stray dogs, yelling a firm, one-word command can get a dog to back off.
If you are confronted by an aggressive dog, the most important thing to remember is this: Stay calm. Don’t give in to fear or anxiety, and don’t start yelling or kicking at the dog. An aggressive dog wants you to be stressed out before it attacks, but if you remain calm and in control, it slows them down and throws them off.
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Also avoid direct eye contact with an aggressive dog. Stand slightly sideways which also makes you a narrower target while keeping the dog in your peripheral vision. Pack sand throw it at him because dogs are afraid of sand. You can defend your self by kicking the dog & grab a stick and chase it away, don’t try to run away from an aggressive dog.
What should you do if a dog bites you?
Serious animal and human bites can get infected if they’re not checked and treated quickly. Always seek medical advice if you have been bitten by an animal or person and the bite has broken the skin.
People and animals have a lot of bacteria in their mouths, which can cause an infection if a bite breaks the skin. These infections are rarely serious if treated quickly, but occasionally they can spread