Beware Of Strange Dogs

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Strange Dogs – How to Stay Safe

Are you a dog lover? If you are, you’ll find it hard to resist petting any dogs you may meet on the street or in the park. But although many dogs are friendly, some are not used to being around kids and they could suddenly attack you without warning. This is why it’s very important to treat strange dogs with respect.

Here are a few doggy dos and don’ts to help you stay safe when you’re out and about.

DON'T rush up to the dog head on as you may frighten or threaten him.
DO approach the dog slowly and quietly from the side.

DON'T stare at the dog when you approach him as he may find this very threatening.
DO let the dog sniff the back of your hand before stroking him.

DON'T scream or shout around dogs as loud noises may upset them.
DO stroke his shoulder or chest but avoid his neck or face.

DON'T approach a dog that is eating or sleeping and never take away toys or food from them.
DO stand still if a strange dog approaches you. If you feel scared, stay calm and move slowly and quietly away.

DON'T try to hug or kiss dogs.
DO be very careful about approaching a litter of puppies because the mother may be very protective.

DON'T approach or stroke a strange dog unless the owner gives you permission.
DO always be careful even around dogs you know well.

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