What to do when a dog charges you…
I was at a prospective clients’ house giving an Underground Dog Fence quote last week in Boynton Beach. I had finished up the meeting and was walking back to my car. All of a sudden, a seemingly aggressive dog came running towards me from a neighbor’s front yard barking and showing his teeth. That normally would be a problem. Let me explain how I handled the situation:
We have all experienced the barking and running dog at one time or another. The important thing to remember is to how to present an uninteresting target to the dog. The barking and running dog does not come around the corner and go after a stop sign or a tree. They are uninteresting. You, on the other hand, present a very interesting “target”. Let’s talk about some ideas to make you not quite as interesting.
- Do not scream and run away if a dog charges. You are only showing your weak side (rear end) and are encouraging him to chase you. You probably cannot outrun him and he will eventually jump, knock you down, and maybe even bite you. Stand upright, face the dog (do not stare), and make no sudden movements.
- Dogs need to recognize who you are in order to make a decision about how they are going to act. Many times dogs have a hard time recognizing men wearing dark glasses and hats. If you see a dog approaching and they seem the slightest bit pensive, take off your hat and sun glasses. This will help the dog to recognize that you are just another animal he knows and not some new, weird beast.
- Place your hands in front of you over your private parts. (Better safe than sorry.)
- Allow the dog to approach you and sniff you. If the dog starts to go around to your back, turn so that you are always facing him.
- You are now presenting an “uninteresting target” to the dog. Keep it up and he will move off to more interesting targets to explore.
- Back up slowly, still facing the dog. Once you are a safe distance from the dog (a block or so), continue your walk.
This is probably pretty hard for most people to do. Your first instinct is to run like the wind. Trust me, it never works. Follow these steps and you will stay safe and out of the Urgent Care Emergency Room. If you have any questions or would like additional Dog Training tips, please contact us at The Best Out of Sight Fence Dog Trainers in Boynton Beach and South Florida.