It’s a good idea to protect yourself from dogs while walking.

It’s inevitable that you are going to run into dogs if you enjoy walking outside.You can occasionally cross paths with a dog that is off its leash, but most dogs will be accompanied by their owner.Whether a dog is leashed or not, they can pose a danger to people they don’t know.You can protect yourself from dogs while walking by dealing with an approaching dog, avoiding encounters with dogs, blocking an attack, and approaching a dog the right way.

Step 1: Carry protection.

Pick a way to protect yourself based on where you are walking.You can carry a large stick, a dog whistle, or a stun gun.Commercial products are proven to deter dog attacks.There is a whistle that irritates dogs.Most dogs will run away from you if you blow the whistle.A traditional whistle can be used to frighten the dog.In addition to the traditional stun gun, you can find baton stuns that work on dogs and may frighten them away before you have to use it.The dog will be frightened by the electric charge of the baton.

Step 2: The dog should not be looked at in the eye.

Don’t make eye contact with the dog because he might see it as a challenge.The dog is in your peripheral vision.

Step 3: You should keep your mouth closed.

Baring teeth is a sign of aggression for dogs, so smiling or having your mouth open can signal to the dog that you are a threat.If you want to hide your teeth, press your lips together.

Step 4: Shout firm commands to the dog.

For stray dogs, yelling a firm, one-word command can get them to back off.Try to use commands such as stop, no, and back.Don’t use a friendly voice when speaking to the dog.

Step 5: The dog should be sprayed with water.

You can carry a spray bottle or water bottle.If you see an aggressive dog, spraying it with water can help it run away.

Step 6: Do not run away.

The dog will try to catch you if you run.It will make you chase after it.You want to make yourself seem like you’re not a threat.

Step 7: Take your knee up.

Lifting your knee in front of your body will protect your torso and face.The dog won’t be able to reach your stomach, neck, or face if it bites or scratches you.

Step 8: You should cross your arms in front of your face.

Blocks larger breeds with your arms because they go for your face.A stronger barrier can be put up by crossing your arms.Tuck your head under your arms.If you want your head to be covered, fold your crossed arms backward.

Step 9: Roll into a ball.

Curling into a ball can end the dog’s urge to attack.Laying on the ground is the safest option if you are attacked by a dog.Play dead.Don’t try to get away.Curl as tightly as you can.Remove any items of clothing that may be around your neck since the dog may pull on it to play tug-of-war, which could kill you.If the dog is small, fight back.If it’s a larger breed that can overwhelm you, fighting back can make the fight harder.

Step 10: Ignore the dog.

Don’t try to engage the dog while you’re on the ground.Don’t look at the dog, talk to it, or try to soothe it by petting it.The dog is in attack mode and engaging with it will antagonize it.If you want to shout commands, you can.

Step 11: If the dog bites you, don’t pull away.

If you try to pull away, the dog will struggle to bite harder.You can make your wound worse by ripping the skin.

Step 12: There are safer places to walk.

Pick a different path for your walk if you know that dogs frequent that area.If the dogs are strays they are more likely to be hungry and territorial.While it’s common for dogs to share walkways with people, think about how comfortable you are around dogs before you go to an area that is popular for dog walking.A stressed dog could be triggered if you’re not comfortable.Walk on country roads with care.Many unwanted dogs are dumped in the country and left to fend for themselves, which leads to roaming dogs along country roads.While walking alone on a country road, always carry a big stick and stun gun.Ask the locals about the likelihood of dog encounters if you are going on a walk.Information about how to stay safe in packs of dogs can be found in some countries.

Step 13: If you see a fenced in dog, cross the street.

Dogs are aggressive and territorial.If you see a dog, change your route to avoid it.If large dogs are agitated, they can jump the fence.

Step 14: Don’t surprise a dog.

If you see a dog walking near you, don’t walk up on it.It’s a good idea to walk in the opposite direction.Even the gentlest dog can act out aggressively if it is surprised.

Step 15: You should ask the dog’s owner.

Some dogs are not ready to meet new people so don’t assume that a dog that is out for a walk wants to be petted.If the dog is friendly, the owner can offer advice on how to engage it.Run slowly toward the dog.Don’t pet a dog that is nursing her puppies.

Step 16: Put your fingers together and keep your hand flat.

A flat hand will show the dog that you are not a threat.Don’t touch the dog until it’s ready.

Step 17: Wait for the dog to come to you.

The dog will come to you if you are open to petting it.If the dog smells you and wants you to pet it, keep your hand extended.Don’t approach the dog if you are afraid.Dogs are capable of getting scared and can sense your emotions.

Step 18: You can watch the dog’s behavior.

A friendly dog will lower his head and perk his ears.A dog that tilts his ears back, growls, or cowers does not want to be petted, so slowly back away.If the dog is okay with you, gently pet it.The dog should only be petted on his head or upper back.The dog should be lightly pet, avoiding his belly, tails, ears, and feet.

Step 19: Give the dog something to chew on.

Carrying treats such as a milk bone is a good idea if you like to walk a lot of dogs.You can make friends with a small treat.Before giving the dog a treat, ask the owner.The dog may be on a special diet.