Safety measures with someone else's dog. All about dogs on wikipet!
Ekaterina Kastritskaya, psychologist, specialist in animal therapy, consultant on animal behavior and well-being
Unfortunately, it happens that dogs bite people who, it would seem, pose no danger either to dogs or to their owners (we do not take cases of real protection by the dog owner). If the owners of the dogs, and those who were bitten, complied with the safety rules for foreign dogs.
8 safety rules with foreign dogs
- Do not approach other people's dogs and do not try to pet or play them. Even if you really want to. Absolutely. Even if the owner allowed. Alas, not all owners know the psychology of dogs and cannot read their body signals, including warning signals, which are signs of discomfort. If you enjoy talking with dogs, you can make your own or chat with your friends' well-known dogs.
- If the dog passes by, do not shout at it or its owner, do not wave your hands (bag, umbrella, etc.) and do not make any sudden movements.
- If the owner of the dog is your friend, do not try to surprise him by sneaking up behind him and slapping on the shoulder. Some dogs protect owners and may not like your joke.
- If you really need to run somewhere (for example, your bus leaves, and the next one is planned only in the fourth millennium), do not start a dog walking right next to your nose or behind you.This may be a surprise for both the animal and its owner, and not everyone will be able to react adequately to your perky start. Why take the risk?
- If you are jogging and you need to run in the immediate vicinity of the dog, try to go around it or at least warn the owner about your approach. Better yet, go on to the step.
- Even if you know the dog you are talking to well, do not neglect to watch it. Learn the body language of dogs, notice the signs of discomfort in time and respond to them: leave the animal alone.
- If you are communicating with a dog, do not bend over it, do not bring your face close to its face, do not look directly into the eyes, do not pull your hand palm down on its head, do not try to hug it. All this can be perceived by the dog as a threat, which means that she can feel the need to defend herself. Yes, many dogs suffer this kind of treatment, but you definitely want to find out from your own experience whether this communication is comfortable for this particular dog?
- Do not approach the dog that is attached. Never. Even if you know her well. A dog on a leash feels vulnerable - in case of danger, even if imaginary, it cannot run away, so it is more likely that it will attack, feeling uncomfortable.
If you think that these rules are obvious or absurd, believe me: if this were so, there would be much less cases of aggression on the part of dogs.