In a study conducted in 2001, the Centers for Disease Control came to the conclusion that the dogs most likely to attack and cause personal injury are male, have not been neutered, and are chained. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, no matter what size or breed a dog is, any dog can bite if it is provoked. The best way to reduce the chances of a dog bite is responsible pet ownership.
The AVMA also offers the following advice:
- Children should ask permission from the dog’s owner before trying to pet it.
- Never disturb or attempt to pet a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for its puppies.
- Remain still if a dog approaches to sniff you. The majority of the time, the dog will leave after determining that you are not a threat.
- Remain calm if threatened by a dog and don’t scream. If you do say anything, be sure to speak calmly and firmly, avoiding eye contact. Try to remain still until the dog leaves or slowly back away until the dog is no longer visible. Do not attempt to run away.
- If you fall or are knocked to the ground by a dog, curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck to protect your face.
- Never chain your dog.