Troy Pfeifer with Sit Means Sit gave us helpful tips on how to avoid getting bitten by a dog, and how you can protect yourself when a dog attacks. When approaching a dog, you should hold out a fist rather than an open hand. If the dog does bite, this will cause much less pain and probably a less severe bite. Approach new dogs like you would a stranger. Hugs and kisses and too much movement can startle a dog right off the bat, so give them a gentle pet on their side to begin with and let it get a feel for you. If you’re nervous about being attacked, become a tree. Be as still as possible and the dog will calm down. If you’re about to be attacked, hold something like a backpack, purse, jacket, etc. between your body and the dog. The dog will focus on the object rather than you. Troy also spoke a little about how to tell differences between a happy dog and one that’s stressed out. Happy dogs will have ears up and a loose wagging tail while stressed or upset dogs may growl, have a closed mouth, ears back, or even lick their snout. If you stop by Sit Means Sit, they offer classes that can teach you more in depth the things he taught us today.Visit Sit Means Sit online or call (512) 348-RUFF  for a free consultation.
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