Twenty Dos and Don’ts to Avoid Potentially Dangerous Dogs and Tips to Follow if an Attack Occurs

Although every situation and dog differs, there are few things you can do to prevent a dog bite. Dogs that bite feel threatened or afraid for some reason, and instinctively react by attacking. It’s important for you to know how to act and react around a dog you don’t know to help prevent a potentially dangerous situation.

Below are twenty dos and don’ts Houstonians should remember when in the same area as an unknown dog to help reduce the chances of a dog bite:


1. Be alert, look, listen and be aware of your surroundings.
2. Soften your eyes, open your mouth, face the dog at an angle, breathe, and relax body posture.
3. Learn to recognize the warning signs of aggressive behavior such as wrinkled muzzle, teeth showing while growling, lips/facial muscles tense, hair on back standing up, dog freezes and holds breath, hard and direct stare, tail up and held in place.
4. While standing at a front door, after knocking, take several steps back to create space between you and the door in case the resident opens the door and lets their dog out.
5. Remain calm if ever approached by unknown dog.


1. Ever leave a child unattended with any animal.
2. Run from a dog.
3. Scream or make frantic gestures.


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