Though there are exceptions, you can often avoid being bitten by a dog with a few simple precautions:
Sometimes, no matter how much you make sure you're on your best behavior around a dog, you can end up on the receiving end of an attack. If you are approached by a dog who may attack you, follow these steps:
If you are bitten or attacked by a dog, try not to panic. Hopefully, someone else will be around to help by pulling the animal off of you, restraining it, and calling animal control or the police. If not, follow the steps above to diffuse the attack and then call for help as soon as possible and take care of your wounds.
A version of this article originally appeared on the Humane Society of the United States' website.