I was out running on Friday morning in a local park when I was attacked and bitten by a dog. Thankfully, although the dog broke the skin, no major damage was done other than to my confidence. I confronted the owner but as he was Dutch and I am English (living in the Netherlands) there was a slight language barrier (although I think he was pulling a fast one because he spoke very good English until I mentioned the police). I am planning on returning to the park with a Dutch colleague later this week because the dog could have attacked a child! This is the first time that I have ever been attacked by a dog and am just wondering if anyone else has had issues with dogs whilst out running and if you carry anything to protect yourself. I have grown up around dogs and so don’t want to harm a dog unless I have to. I am considering buying Pet Corrector Spray but it looks a bit cumbersome to carry whilst out running.
Best thing to do is forget about it. Doesn't sound like a major incident and whilst if you had the address of the owner you might have a case to report the dog for nipping you it's not worth carrying protection from now on as a response.
Daz I work for the post office and we have a constant problem with dog's luckerly I don't do rounds anymore but one thing that has shone it's self consistantly good is a sonic dog scarer. Something like this That's the first one I've come across goggling sure you can get cheaper one's. If it's a worry.
What I don when I'm running past a dog is just slow down for a few step's if I don't know the dog.
This dog came from nowhere and was not on a leash. As soon as it came close to me I stood still, shouting for the owner. By the time the owner appeared the dog had already bitten me. When I see dogs I always slow down and give them space. This one was just very aggresive.
Thinking it was just very bad luck mate. As pop said I would forget about it but if you do start to get nervious those sonic things work a treat.
Daz- welcome to the Netherlands. Same issue here. Had it a few times and i've even been to the police and they dont care/give a hoot unless you go the hopsital and have a doctors note for your injury.
I dont carry anything but screaming like a banshee helps ward them off.
I did a great banshee impression! I have been here for 2 years and never had this happen before but all the Dutch people I have spoken to have said that I should report it to the police. I was treated by a doctor and sent home for the rest of the day. I just don't want this to happen again - especially to a child.
I've been attacked by dogs and also had my dog attacked by dogs. I've reported it to the police and even once gave them: the owner, their details AND a picture of the dog, the bite on my ankle but they said: there wasn't enough evidence to proceed.
I agree - this should never happen to a child or anyone for that matter. There needs to be a law on training of ALL dogs and making the owners directly responsible.
Maybe I look more of a banshee when running?
It's happened to me and was really unexpected - the dog wasn't aggressive at all but turned as I went past and bit me on the back of my leg! I wouldn't bother carrying anything to defend myself as it has only been the once - I only wish my lottery numbers came up as often!
I own dogs and I run with them.
However if I'm running without them and a dog runs up to me I charge at it growling. The dog always backs off. As does the owner...
In all the time I lived in Almere I only met one person who didn't speak English. Learn to swear in Dutch, it won't stop the dogs biting but it will make you feel better.
You get the classic "don't worry mate he won't bite" which I know as a fellow dog owner is a load of shxt! Does wonders for practicing your kick though!
Im amazed people are so calm about this. If I had been bitten by a dog (and enough to break the skin) that was loose and the owner was around ...... well I wouldnt have been the only one with a cut.
Im just amazed some of you are like 'Oh well, it happens' ...... not to me, and if it does, the owner aint ever going to just walk away scot free like nothing happened.
+1 fob I have a dog, I would not put up with it ever biting a human.
i get nervous when I run past a dog with visible pink skin. those always seem to be the ones that want to go for me. Just walking along with my dog she has twice been bitten weirdly both times by a Alsatian. Who are usually one of the best behaved breeds out there.
Flob - The one that attacked us (my dog and I) was a lab/golden retriever. I was NOT pleased. I completely agree about the little dog syndrome - they are the worst because they're not trained.
My husky is trained, on the lead at all times and behaves himself. He always gives a wide berth to walkers/cyclists because he's been trained to do so.
I was quite ashamed to admit that i've booted a jack russell that went for his throat and attacked my shins. The owner had no control over it and I could see it seriously hurting my dog.
Strange that, I was bitten by a big fat lazy golden retriever. I used to have a JRT and yes, he was a little unruly which is why we used to keep him on a lead (that and they have selective hearing and won't always come back when you need them to). So really it is not out of control small dogs or vicious big dogs, it's bad owners that are the problem.
Im not quite sure I like when people start using the 'little dogs can be just as vicious' argument. Because my answer is always the same, I'll let you be attacked by an out of control Alsation ..... and I'll be attacked by an out of control Jack Russell ....... and afterwards we'll compare injuries at the hospital to see who came off worse. Thats of course if Im allowed into your intensive care unit.
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