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Defense Against Dogs
  • When confronted by a threatening dog, our impulse is often to turn and run - the worst response, since movement triggers the chase instinct in dogs.
  • Stand very still and try to be calm.
  • Don't scream at the dog and run.
  • Be aware of where the dog is. Look in its general direction, but don't stare into its eyes. This is considered an aggressive challenge.
  • Let the dog sniff you.
  • In a low voice say, "No! Go home!"
  • Stay still until the dog leaves.
  • Back away slowly until it's out of sight.
  • If a dog does attack, try to "feed" it your workout jacket, bike equipment (briefcase, purse) to distract the dog while you back slowly away towards safety.
  • If you are knocked down or fall, curl into a ball and keep your hands over your ears, face, and neck. Try not to scream or roll around.