Dog Bite Prevention - Learn the Warning Signs

Even good dogs bite.  Respect the signs.

As a pet owner, you are responsible for preventing your dog from chasing, attacking or biting people or other animals. Dog bites can happen for a lot of reasons. From a teething puppy nipping your hand, to an excited dog reaching for a toy or a fear reaction from a dog on the street. Increasing safety and reducing risks are two of the easiest ways to reduce the chance of a dog bite.

Dog Bite Prevention

How Can I Prevent Getting Bitten?
  • Be wary of approaching or reaching toward unfamiliar dogs
  • Watch the dog’s signals and body language. If it is crouching, growling, flattening its ears or baring its teeth, it is not comfortable with you
  • Avoid sudden movements, particularly around the dog’s head
  • If an unfamiliar dog approaches you, stand motionless, stay calm and be assertive. Do not turn your back on the dog or run away from it
  • Do not startle or move toward a dog protecting its food, puppies, owner, toys, or territory
How Do I Greet An Unfamiliar Dog With Its Owner?
  • Ask the owner if the dog is friendly and if you have permission to pet the dog
  • Let the dog sniff you, but try to keep your hands away from its face
  • Pet the dog under its chin; this is less threatening than petting the top of its head
What Should I Do During a Dog Attack?
  • Give the dog something to bite like a purse, bag or jacket
  • Put a barrier between you and the dog such as a bike, table or tree
  • If you fall or are knocked to the ground, lay face down and protect your head and ears
What Do I Do After a Dog Attack?
  • Wash wounds with soap and water and, if possible, loosely cover with gauze
  • Immediately contact your doctor or 911 for emergency medical care
  • Contact the Animal Care & Control Centre through 311 to report the bite
  • Be prepared to report the date, time and place of the incident; where on your body you were bitten; information about the dog and its owner; and the sequence of events