Never approach a dog you don’t know or a dog that is alone without its owner, especially if the dog is behind a fence, tied with a rope or chain, or in a parked car.
Never approach a dog that is eating, sleeping or guarding something. Dogs naturally guard their puppies, food, bones and toys.
Never chase or tease dogs. Don’t poke, hit, pull, or pinch a dog.
Always ask the owner’s permission before petting a dog.
Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
If attacked, give the dog an object, such as a jacket or backpack to bite or chew on.
If you are approached by a dog who may attack you, follow these steps:
Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog.
Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until he is out of sight.
If the dog does attack, “feed” him your jacket, purse, bicycle, or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog.
If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and remain motionless. Try not to scream or roll around.