Are You A Runner or Cyclist? Prevent Dog Bites Using These Tips!
Pedestrians on the street face several hazards daily, including uneven roads, slippery sidewalks, and negligent drivers. However, there is one more danger that most people may not expect while running or cycling: dogs. Dogs are usually friendly animals but can sometimes attack joggers, cyclists, and other pedestrians.
If you have been attacked or bit by someone else’s dog while running or cycling, you deserve compensation. Some dogs are more aggressive than others, but it is the owner’s duty to restrain the animal, so they do not cause harm to anybody. To get legal compensation, speak to an attorney today. Meanwhile, here are a few tips to avoid these attacks.
Tips for runners and cyclists to prevent dog bites
- Slow down and stay calm.
Many dogs chase humans because any fast-moving animal, human, or object triggers them. They have a natural hunting instinct and enjoy the act of chasing. When you approach or see a dog while running or cycling, slow down around them and walk at a normal pace until you are at a safe distance from them.
- Face the dog.
If a dog starts chasing you, remember that it is not chasing you because it wants to attack you. Stop and turn your face to the dog. This will let them know that the chase has stopped. Let them know that you are not trying to run away from them. Instead of turning your back to them, back away slowly until the dog’s owner comes to regain control of their pet.
- Assess the dog’s body language.
Sometimes you must observe a dog’s body language and determine your next step. Reading a dog’s body language will help you understand whether they see you as a threat or are simply relaxing. Here are certain traits of a dog that may call for danger:
- Backing away from you while growling
- Tense muscles
- Loud growling
- Erect ears
- Raised hackles
- Furrowed brows
- An intense, wide stare
- Tongue flicking
- Intense drooling
- Carry tools when you head out.
If you have had a bad experience with a dog or have too many aggressive dogs in your neighborhood, consider carrying tools to distract the dog. Dogs hate loud noises, so carrying a whistle with you is an easy way to scare off the canine. You can also find special ultrasonic whistles with frequencies that dogs can only hear.