Dog Bite Prevention
Don't Invite a Bite!
Dogs may bite for a variety of reasons... fear of a strange person, territorial aggression, protecting a litter of puppies, etc. Dogs who are injured or not properly socialized with people are also more prone to biting out of fear.
To avoid becoming the victim of a bite
- Never approach a dog you do not know
- Assume any dog you don't know, may bite
- Avoid direct eye contact with aggressive dogs
- Never disturb a dog who is sleeping, eating or protecting puppies
If a strange dog approachs you
- Remain calm - do not scream or yell
- Freeze and remain still. Avoid sudden movements. Above all, do not run, as this invites a chase
- Turn your head away slightly, avoid direct eye contact
- Be patient. Wait until the dog loses interest and back away slowly
If you are attacked by a dog
- Seek cover and try to use any object you have to place between you and the dog - a coat, book bag, etc.
- Try to stay on your feet
- If knocked down, curl into a ball on your knees and use your arms to protect your face and neck
Report dog bites and dog-related injuries
- Contact Animal Care & Control at 525-3400
- In the city of Columbus & Worthington, call the Columbus Health Department at 645-6134
- Any other location in Franklin County, call the Franklin County Public Health at 525-3160