LSAW: Dog Bites

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Locator Safety Hazard: Dog Bites


According to The American Veterinary Medical Association, 38% of U.S. households owned at least one dog in 2018. While the majority of these animals are likely friendly companions, locators are appropriately trained to treat all dogs they encounter as potential threats – The nicest dog can become unpredictably aggressive when a stranger enters the property.

The Humane Society of the United States urges anyone who sees a dog exhibiting the following behaviors to move to a safe distance:

  • Pulled back head and/or ears
  • Tense body
  • Stiff tail
  • Wrinkled brow
  • Yawning
  • Rolled eyes so the whites show
  • Flicking tongue
  • Intense stare
  • Backing away

If avoiding the animal becomes impossible, locators can be equipped with dog deterrent spray and dog barriers, or stoppers, that expand like umbrellas and provide a physical layer of protection.


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