There probably aren’t a lot of us who have been bitten by dogs. I am pretty sure that most of us have been afraid that a dog was going to bite us. We felt afraid and did not have any control of the situation or what would happen next. Most of the time, we didn’t get bitten or nipped. We were really happy with the outcome, but confused why it went so well.
When it comes to dog bites, it is often about what you don’t do as opposed to what you do. We often hear the term “running away from the problem” and that is what we sometimes to when faced with an unknown and potentially dangerous situation. Is that the right thing?
On the other hand, we are told not to move when confronted with an unknown and dangerous situation. If we don’t move, maybe we will “become invisible”. Is that the right thing?
We often focus on “the right thing” as it relates to humans. The problem we should address is “the right thing” when it comes to dogs. They communicate differently that we communicate. When we are trying to say “I mean you no harm”, they may interpret our communication as “bring it on!”.
So, to answer the original question… Yes, you can definitely avoid dog bites. The important point you must always remember is that you must communicate your passive intentions in a way that the dog understands. The appropriate method is often counter intuitive to everything we have been taught in the past. When you stay true to communicating as a canine, you will keep your fingers and toes.
Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this by walking you through the two most common “dog bite” scenarios. I can testify that they have worked for me. Please take a look at our training article titled “How Can I Avoid Dog Bites”.