While it may be easier to believe sensationalized, false “facts” about bully breeds that they attack unprovoked, most dogs do not. Dogs give very clear indications of their moods when they are encountering strangers or new situations. LEARN THE BODY LANGUAGE.
YES. This essential for everyone who spends any time near dogs at any point of their lives.
“unprovoked” bites rarely ever happen, if at all.
If you don’t already know all of this information, I would suggest committing it to memory. Even if you don’t own a dog, this may save a life, though that life may be four-legged and furry.
I’ve been bitten twice by poodles and once by a dalmatian.
This is important info.
Can we also just have gigantic posters that tell people “hey, don’t go stick your hands in strange dogs’ faces?” That’s how most bites happen - someone reaches over to pet or touch a dog and the animal is startled or doesn’t want to be touched and they defend themselves.
Actually, this is the same for EVERY ANIMAL. If you don’t know the animal’s body language, you could potentially get bit or hurt. Speak calmly and walk gently and ASK permission before touching (sometimes authorization from another human isn’t sufficient if the animal doesn’t want to be touched).