The Danger of Neighborhood Dogs

By Maria Posted in dog care /

Taking your dog out for a walk can be a fun experience for the both of you. Walking through the neighborhood, you meet other people who may also be out with their pets. Every once in a while you will come across other dogs. However, not all of them are going to be pleased at your sight. There are times when dogs, even from your own neighborhood, can become a danger to you and your pup.

To better understand this, remember that dogs are relatively territorial. They have their space and you have yours. Also, consider that not all dogs are looked after the way you do yours. Often times, such a situation is one that you don’t want to find yourself in. So it’s best to avoid it entirely.

Be aware of your surroundings

To start, do you know the other dogs in your neighborhood? If you’re walking through the park, are you familiar with other dog owners and their pets? There will always be new people and dogs you’ll encounter along the way, but being familiar with others is your first step to knowing what to do when you do meet a new dog.

Also consider: Do other owners keep their pets restrained or confined? One of the biggest issues with walking your dog safely is that other dogs are sometimes left free to roam around. This isn’t responsible caring, but it does happen often.

Is there a barrier between you and other dogs? When choosing a walking route, go for areas where fences are common. This will keep your dog from using someone’s yard as a bathroom and it’ll put a good barrier between you and other dogs.

At this point you have to consider how your own dog reacts in such situations. Does it want to meet and interact with other dogs? Are they cautious or do they get excited and hop right in and start sniffing? Not every dog is going to be ready to make friends right away, so it’s best to take your time with your approach. You don’t want to seem intimidating to another dog, since they may see you as a threat, especially if the owner isn’t present.

Keep control

Most importantly, you must be able to control your dog at all times. Keep your dog on a leash at all times. It’s good practice to continuously work on training them how to respond in such situations. They should follow your lead in such times, and not get carried away.

Beware, as being attacked by another dog could lead to an aggressive response from your dog. A good deterrent that could help avoid conflict is to simply carry a jacket. It’s the least intimidating and can be used as a net or barrier to protect yourself or your dog from other dogs in the event of an attack. Avoid conflict when you can, but be ready to protect yourself when the situation calls for it.

Awareness is the first step to avoiding any unnecessary dangers when you’re out walking your dog. While most other pets are friendly and more than happy to wag their tail when you say hello, not all situations can be expected to be as pleasant. Be careful and make sure your walk is always enjoyable for everyone.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember. After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again. Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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