Encountering an off-leash dog while walking your dog can be a stressful and potentially dangerous situation. Here are some steps to take if an off-leash dog approaches you while walking your dog.
What to do if an off-leash dog approaches you while you are walking a dog
- Stay Calm: It’s important to remain calm and avoid panicking. Dogs can sense fear and anxiety, which may cause them to become more aggressive.
- Keep Your Dog Close: Keep your dog close to you and under control. If your dog is on a leash, hold it tightly and keep it close to your body.
- Use Verbal Commands: Use verbal commands to try and get the approaching dog to back off. Firmly say “No” or “Go home” in a confident and assertive tone.
- Avoid Eye Contact: Avoid making direct eye contact with the approaching dog as this can be seen as a challenge or threat.
- Create Distance: If the approaching dog continues to approach, try to create distance between you and the dog. Move slowly and calmly away from the dog while maintaining control of your own dog.
- Use a Barrier: If possible, use an object such as a bag, umbrella, or stick to create a barrier between the approaching dog and your own dog.
- Call for Help: If the situation escalates and you feel threatened or in danger, call for help from a neighbor, animal control, or the police.
Remember to always prioritize your own safety and the safety of your dog in these situations. It’s better to be cautious and take preventative measures than to risk injury or harm.