How to Avoid a Dog Attack

One of the most frightening experiences a walker or jogger can have is coming face-to-face with an angry, aggressive dog. If you are approached by a dog who may attack you, follow these steps:
  • Always assume a dog who doesn't know you may see you as an intruder or a threat.
  • Be aware of unleashed dogs a block or more ahead and change your route.
  • Resist the impulse to scream and run away. A dog's natural instinct will be to chase and catch you.
  • If the canine is agitated, remain motionless, hands at your sides, and avoid eye contact.
  • Once the dog loses interest in you, slowly back away until he is out of sight.
  • If the dog does attack, "feed" him your jacket, purse, stick or anything that you can put between yourself and the dog.
  • If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball and protect your neck, face and head. Remain motionless.
-- The Humane Society