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With the soaring crime rate many people are choosing to have a dog as a form of protection. Sadly, this increase in the urban canine population has led to another problem – unprovoked attacks on humans by dogs. Some dogs are much more aggressive than others. Why is this the case? And what can you do to protect yourself from dog attack?
All dogs have a protective instinct. This instinct can be enhanced by the dog’s training and environment. In fact, dogs are quick to pick up on and mirror the temperament of their master. So, if the owner is bad tempered or nervous, it is likely that the dog will follow suit.
So, what can you do if you are on the receiving end of a vicious dog. Above all, do not panic or run. A dog’s instinct is to chase anything that moves. Stand still and talk calmly to the dog. Try to use an authoritative tone of voice. Try to back away slowly. Don’t use sudden movements. Keep any object you have between you and the dog. Don’t, however, try to hit the animal.
If, despite your best efforts, you are bitten by a dog, what should you do? You should get to a doctor as soon as possible. Also, advise the police, giving details about what happened as well as a description of the dog. You will want to know whether or not you need to take a rabies shot, so the police will help you to get information on the dog’s background.
What can you do as a dog owner to ensure that your dog does not become a danger to others? One thing is to give your dog proper training from an early age. Your dog will thrive on praise and will soon learn that obedient behavior will be rewarded by a pat and a hearty ‘good boy.’ Training your dog to obey basic commands takes time and patience but you will be rewarded with a trusting, obedient companion.
Keep you dog content with adequate living quarters and proper food. Provide regular grooming for the dog, including flea treatments. Doing these things will ensure that your dog is happy and contented and, therefore, far less likely to attack others.
Above all, keep in mind that a dog must be treated with respect. Whether he appears docile or dangerous always use understanding and caution. By doing so, you will be able to confidently negotiate your way through any canine encounter.