Man's Best Friend?

Find out how to deal with unwanted attention from dogs when you're running

by Ruth Emmett

Dogs running
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Four things you shouldn't do...

Don't Keep Going
Most dogs want to play and see a chase as a ‘reward’ for their behaviour. So stop running: if the behaviour is not rewarded it is not likely to continue.

Don't Shriek
A high-pitched voice may activate the dog's fight instinct.

Don't Make Eye Contact
If the dog is playing, it won’t bite you, but if the dog is guarding, fearful or aggressive, direct eye contact could trigger an attack.

Don't Behave Aggressively
If the dog’s motivated by fear or aggression, actions such as kicking or lashing out can provoke an attack. 

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