How to safely help an injured or trapped dog
If a dog is injured or trapped, even the nicest dog in the world can bite you. Your instinct will be to rush up on the dog and try to help; pull out a trapped paw, or stop a laceration from bleeding. Resist this instinct and do not rush up on the dog.
- Control the environment. Quickly remove other dogs, kids, bystanders, or other “stressors.”
- Secure the dog’s head. Before touching ANY part of the dog’s injury or trapped paw, secure their head. If you have a muzzle, put it on. Wrap them up in a t-shirt or blanket. Place an inanimate object between yourself and their head (back pack, cot, chair). This will prevent them from reaching around and biting you.
- Free the trapped paw, or start first aid.