If you think that you’ll never have to worry about dog attacks because you don’t own dogs or live near dog owners, you’re wrong. Many times, dog attacks occur in places you assume are completely safe, like a jogging path or your neighborhood park. There is little else as terrifying as seeing a dog or a pack of dogs charging your way. No matter where you are, you are at risk of encountering an unfriendly dog, and you must know what to do if it happens to you.
Dogs can be unpredictable. You never know what they’re thinking, or what they might do next. Even a familiar dog could turn on you. Dogs most often attack out of fear or when they are surprised or disturbed, although these are certainly not the only reasons. Many dogs also become too excited and worked up while playing; this can cause them to start nipping or biting by accident. An aggressive dog my be growling, snarling, or barking, although some dogs don’t show any signs of being provoked until they attack.
Always keep a safe distance between you and the dog, even if the dog is leashed. Do not approach an unfamiliar dog, especially if it is sleeping, barking, eating, or snarling. Never pet a dog without first asking the owner. If a strange dog wants to smell you, let him. Although many people think that a dog will only attack unfamiliar people, it is also possible for dogs to attack people it knows.
If you suddenly happen upon a dog, do not stare directly into its eyes, as the dog may perceive this action as a challenge. Instead, turn sideways and walk away. Never turn your back on an unfriendly dog. If the dog follows you, put a solitary object, such as a tree or bench, between you and the dog. Speak softly and calmly while slowly retreating. Do not try to outrun a dog; you won’t get very far. If you are attacked by a dog and end up on the ground, your best course of action is to curl up as tightly as possible while protecting your head, face, and neck.
In order to avoid this situation, there are some very effective products available. Many pepper sprays will work against dogs and other animals in addition to humans. There are also dog repellent sprays formulated specifically for use against aggressive dogs. Many joggers and delivery drivers carry a telescopic stun gun, which is also effective against both humans and animals. Another excellent option is a high frequency electronic whistle, which uses ultrasonic waves to keep dogs at bay. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, carrying a dog repellent product is a necessity. These effective self protection tools can be used from several feet away, making them a good option for those who would like to keep their distance from aggressive dogs.