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How do you avoid getting bit by a dog? Start by being polite and respecting the dog's personal space. Never approach an unfamiliar dog, especially one who's tied or confined behind a fence or in a car. Don't pet a dog—even your own—without letting them see and sniff you first.

Don't disturb a dog while they are sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy or caring for puppies. Be cautious around strange dogs. Always assume that a dog who doesn't know you may see you as an intruder or a threat.

Pay attention to the dog's body language

Put a safe amount of space between yourself and a dog if you see the following signals (illustrated in the video above) indicating that the dog is uncomfortable and might feel the need to bite:

  • tensed body
  • stiff tail
  • pulled back head and/or ears
  • furrowed brow
  • eyes rolled so the whites are visible
  • yawning
  • flicking tongue
  • intense stare
  • backing away

When putting space between yourself and a dog who might bite, never turn your back on them and run away. A dog's natural instinct will be to chase you.

What to do if you think a dog may attack

If you are approached by a dog who may attack you, follow these steps:

  • Resist the impulse to scream and run away.
  • Remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact with the dog.
  • Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until they are out of sight.
  • If the dog does attack, "feed" them 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.

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ADELANTO MICROCHIP CLINIC – FIRST 50 PETS FREE

VVAPL Humane Society is holding a microchip clinic for pets of Adelanto residents on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at Adelanto City Hall, 11600 Air Expressway.  VVAPL will microchip the first 50 pets of Adelanto residents FREE of charge (proof of residency required).  Microchips are $10 for pets of non-Adelanto residents and pets after the first 50.  This clinic is being held during the City of Adelanto's Dog License and Vaccination Clinic for pets of Adelanto Residents.  For more information on the microchip clinic please call (760) 247-2102.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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