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When approaching an unfamiliar dog, remember that body language is key. Avoid maintaining eye contact as this can be perceived as a challenge and a dominant or fearful dog may attack. If a dog appears to be aggressive, keep your distance, but do not run or bolt. A dog that is aggressive may instinctively perceive you as prey and bite. If a dog does start to attack, a good line of defense is to place any available item between you and the dog, such as a bag or bike.