What To Do If You Meet an Aggressive Dog
There may be occasions when you are walking your dog or walking alone and meet a loose, aggressive or unknown dog. In this article we will explain the do’s and don’ts if you meet an aggressive dog.
What you should do when you encounter an aggressive dog:
- Stay above the dog’s eye level. This shows you in a dominant position to the dog.
- If faced with an aggressive dog, do not run away, remain calm and in still position.
- Use a calm and soothing voice to communicate with the aggressive dog.
- Avoid eye contact with an unfamiliar or aggressive dog. The dog may see eye contact as a challenge.
- Avoid smiling at the dog. Depending on the dog, they may consider the showing of teeth a sign of aggression.
What you should not do when you encounter an aggressive dog:
- Do not run towards the unknown dog or a dog showing aggressive body language, the dog may see this as a challenge and attack.
- Do not touch an unfamiliar dog’s back or tail. Generally be cautious of touching an unfamiliar dog as they may act unpredictably with a stranger.
- Do not sneak up or surprise an unknown dog. They may attack out of fear.