5 Tips on How to Fend Off Aggressive Dogs

Friday, June 14, 2013

May 19th to the 25th, the American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA), along with the Humane Society of America and the US Postal Service (USPS), promoted Dog Bite Prevention Week to educate our society about the dangers of all dogs, not just visibly vicious ones.

According to the USPS, more than 4.5 million people are bitten annually– and it can take less than 10 seconds for a dog to attack.  Over 12,000 (pets, pet owners or both) suffer from dog bites each day. Tragically, the AVMA and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) report that small children, the elderly, and letter carriers, in that order, are the most frequent victims.

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), dog attack victims now suffer up to $2 billion dollars annually and dog bites make up a third of all home owners’ liability claims.  It’s extremely unfortunate but true; a nice walk in the park can turn into one hundred stitches, a week of intensive care and thousands of dollars in hospital bills for you, a family member or your pet.

Man’s best friend is considered by most pet owners to be a member of their family and most will do whatever it takes to protect theirs.  Unfortunately, many give little thought to protecting their lovable friend until it is too late.  In addition to attacking humans, dog on dog attacks happen often and these dangerous attacks leave panicked owners searching for any means possible to separate and deter the attacking dog.  2x4’s, sticks, purses, their own hands and sometimes even weapons have been used to stop attacks.  Unfortunately, these situations often result in serious injuries to the attacking dog, the pet and the owner.


So how can you prevent Fido from even getting into these harry situations? And what should you do if he does? Here are 5 tips on how to handle or prepare yourself and your pooch in case he or any other dog becomes aggressive:

  1. Be sensitive to cues that a child is fearful or apprehensive about a dog. If a child seems frightened by your dog, steer clear while on a walk, either speed up and pass them or consider rerouting to avoid contact.
  2. If you recently purchased a pooch, spay or neuter your dog, this often reduces aggressive tendencies.
  3. Immediately report a stray dog or dogs displaying unusual behavior to the authorities in your area to keep your surroundings safe.
  4. If you are approached by a vicious dog, remain calm and still, avoid eye contact, try to remain motionless until the dog leaves, then back away slowly until the dog is out of sight.
  5. Carry an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered dog attack deterrent spray.  For example, carry Protector® Dog Spray with you while walking with or without your furry friends. This product was designed specifically as an environmentally friendly, safe and effective option that allows pet owners to keep their best friend safe by deterring attacking dogs at a safe distance. 

In the unfortunate case that a dog does attack, EPA registered dog sprays provide an all-natural food grade pepper spray formulation which stops the attack safely.  With a range of up to 15 feet, Protector® temporarily stings and closes the eyes of the attacking dog.  All effects reverse in just a few minutes leaving no injuries to the attacking dog and the necessary time for you and your pet to escape to safety. 


Click here to watch a video made by the manufacturer on the proper use and deployment of this product!

While we like to think our four legged furry friends can do no wrong, it’s always best to remember that any dog can become vicious, no matter the breed or typical temperament. With these simple tips, you can reduce the likelihood that you, your family, and your pet will become a part of the aforementioned statistics. And as always… Be Smart – Be Ready – Be Safe!