4 Ways to Avoid Dog Bites When Pet Sitting
Looking after a neighbor’s well-behaved pooch can be a pleasant and fun experience. That doesn’t mean that it’s not crucial to exercise caution at all times, however. Dog bites are always a risk. It doesn’t matter if you think you know your neighbor’s sweet canine inside and out. You have to do everything you can to avoid dog bites when pet sitting.
Focus on Canine Body Language
Don’t get too close to a dog that’s exhibiting potentially aggressive body language. Examples include a tail that’s unusually rigid, body stiffness, yawning, a dramatic gaze, conspicuous eye whites, and tongue flashing. Refrain from turning away from a dog that is putting any of these signs on display. Doing so may encourage him or her to go after you.
Keep Your Cool
If you want to protect yourself from possible bites, you need to maintain full composure. Keep your cool no matter what. Don’t scream. Try to steer clear of rapid movements. Don’t look intently at the dog. Once the dog seems to relax a bit, you can move away. Don’t do so in an overly speedy manner though.
Try Not to Disrupt the Dog
Looking after a neighbor’s pet can often be easy for people who are careful and alert. If you want to protect yourself from dog bites, you should do whatever you can to refrain from disrupting a dog that’s busy for any reason. Stay away from a female dog that may be nursing her youngsters. Stay away from any dog that’s enjoying chewing, eating a meal, or taking a nap. Upsetting and throwing a dog off may promote aggressive actions.
Say No to Uninvited Petting
Don’t assume that all dogs love petting sessions from strange humans. If you don’t know your neighbor’s dog well, say no to the urge to pet him or her initially. If the dog takes the time to smell and view you, however, you then may be able to pet it. Caution is your friend. It’s critical to give new dogs the chance to familiarize themselves with you. Don’t expect your neighbor’s pooch to love you right off the bat.
Dog bites can be extremely dangerous. If you experience a bite, you need to take fast action. Cleanse the wound exhaustively with warm water and gentle soap. Reach out to your doctor to request more suggestions as well. Never make the mistake of disregarding animal bites.
“4 Ways to Avoid Dog Bites When Pet Sitting”
Author Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. Rachelle tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow Rachelle on Twitter and Facebook
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