When you tend to go for a lot of walks you want to make sure you do what you can to avoid being bitten by an unrestrained dog. There are a lot of dogs that are strays which don't have homes and others that have homes but figure out a way to escape so they can run loose. Some of these dog's may be prone to biting a person if they should come across them walking down the street. This is why it's important for you to make sure you are prepared for a run in with a dog so you can avoid being bitten. Here are some tips you should follow:
Keep your dog on a short leash: If you are walking your own dog then you want to make sure you keep them in a short leash. You don't want them to have a lot of space or they will have the room to give off a confrontational body language and sounds to dogs nearby. You will have to reel them in before you can better control their behavior. When your dog draws the attention of an aggressive one, it can lead to a dog fight and an increased chance of you being bitten.
Prepare yourself with dog repellants: When you make a habit out of walking a lot, or spending time other places where you have the risk of a loose dog approaching you, then you should make sure you have some type of dog repellant on you. You also want to be sure to keep the repellant right in easy reach or it's not going to do any good. One type of repellant is pepper spray. If you choose to go with this spray, you want to make sure you spray it at the dog's face as soon as it is close enough and has started to show aggression. Avoid spraying it in the direction of the wind or you may find it getting in your face as well.
Carry a stick: If you don't like the idea of carrying a dog repellant then you should really carry a stick. This way, you can hit a dog that is threatening to bite you and this will usually cause the dog to back off. You want to hit it as many times as it takes for it to leave you alone.
What to do if you are bitten: If you end up getting bitten by a dog then you want to do your best to determine who the owner of the dog is. Make contact with a dog bite lawyer and give them all of the information you have on the dog and on the owner. A dog bite lawyer can tell you whether or not you have a case and they can handle that case for you so you can get compensated for your pain, suffering, medical bills, loss of wages and anything else you should be compensated for.