When on a walk with your dog, breaking up a fight between your pet and another dog may be the last thing on your mind. Yet there are certain scenarios that could arise when your leashed dogs’ path crosses another unleashed dog. One of the common causes of dog fights is when one dog is off-leash and one is not, which canine trainer and behaviourist Susie Aga admits could cause leash aggression in your own pet. In other words, it could act as the perfect catalyst for a fight to occur. So in order to protect yourself and your pet when you notice a dog off-leash roaming nearby, try following the five precautions below.
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1. Get Out Of Its Sight.
The quickest way to ensure your safety is to get out of the line of vision of the dog that is off-leash. If an off-leash dog has started its advance towards you, your best bet is to duck out of vision behind a car, house, tree or whatever else may be around that will break the dog’s focus away from you and your dog.
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2. Carry Treats On You.
If you don’t have time to escape the dog’s path, pulling a treat out could work wonders — both by distracting your own dog and the one that is off-leash. Either throw the treats towards the other dog or use them to grab your own dog’s attention.
3. Carry A Whistle With You.
Making a loud sound when you see an off-leash dog approaching could be all you need to scare it away. Most dogs will be wary of a loud, foreign sound and won’t be nearly as likely to come closer.
4. Carry A Tennis Ball On You.
Often an off-leash dog may just want to play, so there’s no better way to get it off your dog’s back than by throwing a tennis ball.
5. Never Run.
If all else fails, under no circumstances should you run— that will likely only entice the off-leash dog to come closer or chase you. At the end of the day, the best thing you can do to protect yourself and your dog is to avoid the situation in the first place.