Most dog owners become obsessed with dogs in general after sometime. I myself became too attached to my dogs and just love the idea of dogs, to the extent that I became in awe by just seeing a stray dog in the streets. If you are like me, the idea that a dog might get aggressive and attack you is just out of the question but sadly this sometimes happens. Unfortunately some dogs face a hell of distress through their life of negligence that they always want to protect themselves against anyone, and that includes you, your dog and even your family. This article will mainly focus on preventing getting attacked by stray dogs as explained in the next few points.
Stay calm and don’t run
One of the most important and yet simplest ways is to stay calm and never run. When you run away from a dog it just drives his/her prey instinct to chase prey and thus may bite your leg to stop you from running.
Study your neighborhood
Make sure that you know the area where you walk quiet well. Most likely, packs stay in the same place. So be alert when you are walking and try to avoid the areas where you know you might find a pack of stray dogs.
Send calming signals
It is essential that you don’t send any aggressive or alarming signals to the dogs. Let’s introduce some calming signals, and others that are not very calming to avoid.
- Licking lips
- Avoiding eye contact
- Flailing arms
Pick up a rock
One of the easiest ways, yet it may seem an aggressive way to the dog is to pick up a rock from the ground. The dog may get a little angrier but he/she will keep a little distance. We don’t recommend that you do this unless you have actually sensed aggression and the start of an attack. Otherwise, try to understand that stray dogs are loud only out of fear.
If you happen to live in an area known to have some loose dogs most of the time you might want to check the below list of items that you can use from protection or distraction against loose/stray dogs.
- A sturdy walking stick or cane. Defensive weapon and distance keeper.
- A backpack or sweatshirt tied around your waist. Distraction and object that the dog might bite into that’s not you.
- Treats or food. This is our most recommended. For distraction and may be viewed as a friendly gesture. Stray dogs, whenever they feel secure around you, will actually work to protect you on the long run, as long as you’re not threatening their lives and territory.
Written by Farah Khaled
Sources: The way of slow travel , Cesar’s Way