What To Know When Encountering A Stray Dog

  • 17/11/2018

We all love dogs. Sometimes even more than we love our fellow Homo Sapiens. They are loving, caring, will never disappoint you, and will always be there for you, since, whether they like it or not, you are their whole world.

However, not all dogs should be approached with such blind faith, as it is a fact that, unfortunately, in many situations, dogs can lash out, and sometimes even for no reason (there probably is a reason, but it is not an obvious one to a human).

This is especially true of stray dogs as they have no owner to stop them if they start being aggressive. That's why it is always useful to bear in mind several things that you should do / that you should avoid doing when you encounter a stray dog with an ulterior motive.

Don't Approach It

The best and smartest thing that you can do if you see a stray dog thinking of making you his biting toy is to stay away. Just mind your business, slowly turn around if you are locking paths with the stray and try to stay out of its way. It is really important in these situations that you don't run as that will agitate the dog even more.

Moving slowly and obediently away will not make the dog think that you are an easy meal as you are quite slow and easy to get to. It might be frightening, but in this situation, the dog will probably just try to intimidate you and bark his life out at you. This will be scary, but it will all probably stop with that. We know that 'probably' is not very reassuring, but in this scenario, it is the best that you can hope for.

Don't Feed Stray Dogs

The philanthropist in you might advocate that you help everyone, including stray dogs, but giving them food is often not advisable. This is because an aggressive stray dog will associate you with food and that one time you fail to provide it, might just be the worst day of your life. However, this doesn't mean that you should stop giving dogs food altogether as non-aggressive dogs will almost never attack you.

Don't Retaliate

In the case of a worst-case scenario in which the dog attacks you, your family or your pet, you should always bear in mind that staying calm and collected is what you should do. This is easier said than done, but if the dog starts attacking and you start retaliating, it will consider that as a real threat and will attack even more aggressively.

You should bear in mind that these are not your gentleman dogs which Coolidge painted back in 1894. They will not play poker with you or accompany you to a fine casino establishment such as NetBet. No, they will tear into you and you won't have a chance to show them how strong you think you are.

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