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National Dog Bite Prevention Week was last week and this is a great time to review some tips to avoid being biten by a dog. Common thought is that mail carriers are most at risk, but children are much more likely to receive a dog bite than any other group.

 Don’t run past a dog. The dog’s natural instinct is to chase and catch prey.

 If a dog is threatening, don’t scream. Avoid eye contact and try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.

 Don’t approach a strange dog, especially one that’s tied up or confined.

 Before petting dogs, always let a dog see and sniff you before petting.

 If you believe a dog is about to attack, try to place something between yourself and the dog, such as a backpack or a bicycle.

If you or a loved one has been biten by a dog and you would like to speak to an attorney about your rights, please use the contact form on the right.

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