1. Remain calm, confident and authoritative around dogs. If a person is scared or edgy, the dog will get scared and edgy. Once the dog gets scared he may bite out of fear.
  2. If a dog gets aggressive, stay still. Don't run like a scared rabbit. Dogs are like wolves in that way: If they see a rabbit, they will chase it and bite it.
  3. Demand obedience. Dogs are like children; they will take what you give them.
  4. Be careful playing aggressive games like tug-of-war. This teaches a dog to bite during playtime.
  5. Never disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.
  6. Do not pet a dog without letting it see and sniff you first.
  7. Avoid stray dogs. You don't know how they will react. Also, avoid direct eye contact with them, as direct eye contact is a challenge - an aggressive form of body language to a dog.

-- 341st Training Squadron