Dogs are one of the most loyal and loving animals. But some dogs have had experiences that make them a bit more aggressive.
What might an aggressive dog look like?
Very still, almost rigid. He may be silent, or he may be growling and showing his teeth. His ears may be back.
Communicating with a dog that may become aggressive involves walking a fine line between being assertive without being aggressive yourself. Show no signs of weakness but also no signs of aggression; a state of calm assurance.
Here are a few tips for best handling an aggressive dog situation and prevent a dog bite injury.
Tip #1: Stay Calm
It’s no secret that dogs can sense fear. The way a dog responds to fear is usually a result of their upbringing, training, or lack of training. Some dogs feel the need to assert their dominance in the presence of fear or weakness.
The best thing you can do in this instance is remain calm. Find ways to slow your breath, have a relaxed posture, and keep your arms down.
Tip #2: Do Not Make Eye Contact
Staring a dog in the eyes could be seen by some dogs as challenging them to an attack. You should be able to keep the dog in your sight without staring him or her directly in the eyes.
Tip #3: Firm Voice: “No” or “Go home”
Speak to the dog in a friendly and stable tone of voice. If the dog begins to become aggressive and you must speak up to show dominance, say “no” or “go home”, using a very firm and deep voice.
Tip #4: Stand At An Angle
Standing directly facing a dog could also be interpreted as aggression and may cause an attack. In the presence of a dog who is aggressive stand at an angle and, as said above, keep the dog in your sight without looking directly at him.
Tip #5: Wait For Dog To Pass
If you spot a dog that you don’t want to interact with, try doing a combination of the above and wait for the dog to pass. Stay calm, do not look at the dog while also keeping it in your sight, stand at an angle to the dog, and allow the dog to move along.