Dogs are a key part of the family for millions of people across the States. For the most part, these animals are loving, friendly and a pleasure to be around. However, it is important to remember that they are animals at the end of the day and they respond to things differently than humans. Also, not everyone is a dog person. Some have found themselves being bitten or scared as a child and simply cannot forget it.
Dog bites can be extremely painful and in severe circumstances, they can be life-altering or even fatal. As a result, it can be terrifying if a dog takes an aggressive posture towards you. What should you do? Should you run?
Running is not advisable
When you think about it carefully, there is little chance of you outrunning most dog breeds. Even smaller dogs can get up to higher speeds and some larger breeds can run faster than the average Olympic sprinter. If you chose to run, the odds of you getting away are quite slim.
Not only is it unlikely that you get away, but running could also escalate the situation. Many dogs have instincts to chase suspicious people (police dogs for instance) or pursue their prey. If you turn your back and run, you may become either of these things in the eyes of the dog.
Stay composed, instead
Your natural instincts may be telling you to run for the hills, but it is important to combat these. The calmer you remain and the less threatening you appear, the safer you will be. If you talk to the dog in a calm and soothing voice, and then back away slowly, they may no longer see you as a threat. At the very least, it might buy you enough time to get out of immediate danger.
The overwhelming majority of dogs are not aggressive but bites do happen. If you have been attacked by a dog, you need to be aware of your legal options.