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Last Updated: Tuesday January 02 2007 06:44 GMT

Top tips for avoiding a dog attack

Muzzled dog

Newsround interviewed vet Tricia Mundy from the Village Animal Hospital in Surrey, who gave us some top tips for avoiding dangerous dogs.

Here's what you should do if you fear a dog might be about to attack you.

  • Stand still

  • Stay calm

  • Face the dog

  • Fold your arms

  • Walk away calmly, facing the dog, but without making eye contact
And remember, if a dog attacks a human, it's usually not because it is trying to "hunt".

Tricia said it's often because the animal feels frightened, so dogs are usually more scared of us than we are of them.

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