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Run for It…..Safely

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I was reading the paper this morning and came across this item about avoiding a dog attack when out running or walking.  Follow these steps to stay safe when out:

  • Stay a safe distance from dogs being walked
  • Don’t approach a dog that is eating, sleeping, or barking
  • If a dog acts aggressively, turn sideways and stand still or move slowly out of the dog’s territory
  • Put a tree, post or bench between you and the dog
  • Don’t stare a dog in the eye
  • If a dog charges, use pepper spray if it’s legal in your area
  • If a dog attacks, curl up in a ball and cover your face, head and neck
  • If a dog charges, use pepper spray if it’s legal in your area

Many of us are dog lovers and want to approach and pet every dog we meet, but the dog isn’t always open to it.  Look at the dog’s body language and follow the steps above to stay safe when you’re out and about.

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