Iím surprised it wasnít mentioned to not have music up loud while walking/running. In some towns they are saying to not listen to music at all since it makes you more susceptible to attacks since so many people have their headphones/earbuds up so loud. I wear earbuds but I can still hear cars coming and dogs barking. As soon as one of us gets a new cell phone we put ICE in it. Iíve even done that with my grandparents phones too.
As for the dog part, I canít disagree more. If the dog is going to actually attack, you will be worse off on the ground. Staying on your feet is the best bet
1) Donít look the dog in the eye. Dogs can see that as a sign of aggression.
2) Donít run. The dog may decide to chase and attack if you do.
3) Slowly walk or back away.
I have several dogs where I walk that run loose and Iíve found that most just want to bark. What I do with the ones where I am isnít recommended, but I have gotten to know these dogs. There are two dachshunds that run towards the road yapping, but if I talk to them and take a step or two towards them they run the other way. There are several larger dogs on my route too and they are all different. One will bark and come to the end of the drive where it lives, but I just talk to it a little and keep walking. When he sees I am not stopping heíll go lay back down. Another large dog will walk with me. He is friendly but barks when he sees me excited and ready to go. There is a brown dog that I donít trust though. He has tried to sneak up on me before. If I see him Iíll just raise my voice and tell him to ďGet outta hereĒ or something and he will. I have told the owner of that one that Iím going to start carrying a walking stick and the next time it comes at me I will defend myself. They told me if I do they will call the police, but Iíve already talked to the Chief, two officers, and the dog catcher. They have all told me I have the right to protect myself. This dog has chased several kids, but it is smart and hides when the dog catcher is in our area.
- 9/16/2012 8:29:22 PM