Dogs can be a joy to their owners and others, but when put in certain uncomfortable situations, some dogs react by barking or even biting. If you live in New York, it is a good idea to know which breeds are more likely to bite and what things you can do to prevent getting bit.
According to the Canine Journal, about one out of 69 people are bit by dogs every year, and around 800,000 of these victims require medical attention. The dog breeds that tend to bite more often include:
- Bull Terrier
- Australian Shepard
- German Shepard
- Lhapso Apso
- Jack Russell Terrior
- Pit Bull
- Cocker Spaniel
The CDC offers advice about how to handle situations to prevent biting. First, never approach a dog you do not know and, if one approaches you, stay still and don't make any sudden movements. Always get permission from the dog's handler before petting or reaching out to a dog, and allow the dog to sniff you first. Leave a dog alone if it is taking care of its puppies or if it's eating or sleeping.
If you sense something is off, do not panic, run away or make loud noises. If a dog pushes you over, either accidentally or on purpose, curl up in a ball and cover your neck and ears. If you encounter a dog you do not want to play with or touch, turn your side to the dog, as facing it directly is a sign of aggression. If a dog does attack you, place whatever you can, such as a backpack, jacket or handbag, between you and the dog to ward off biting.