How to Handle an Aggressive Dog

This is a situation that most people don’t want to find themselves in, with a dog that is loose heading towards them. It doesn’t matter if the dog is aggressive, playful, or is simply greeting the dog that the person in question is walking, it can be a scary situation.


While most encounters between dogs can end peacefully and can even let your canine buddy find a new friend or two, there is a problem when an aggressive dog comes towards you, whether you have a dog with you or not. Thankfully there are several methods with which you can use to defuse a potentially dangerous situation.



Method 1: If you have a dog with you.


When an aggressive dog is moving towards a person and a canine is with them, the most important thing that that person needs to know is that the aggressive dog is more than likely after the dog and not the human.


The best thing a human can do is keep both themselves and the dog calm in the scenario, by freaking out then it can cause serious troubles for the situation as dogs can smell fear and will react negatively to it.


Attempt to move the leashed dog away from the aggressor by going across the street, using a car as a shield, or otherwise producing distance from the aggressor dog.



Use treats and move the leashed dog away very slowly while keeping his attention on commands rather than the other dog. Keep the human movements very slow and avoid provoking the other dog.


Keep the leashed dog still and order the other dog to go home or tell the aggressive dog to sit or say before backing away and leaving the dog alone.


If this doesn’t work, then try using an alarm or an umbrella to keep the aggressive dog away and provide a barrier that will allow you to get away. Pick up the leashed dog and then move away while keeping the barrier between both dogs.


Method 2: If you are alone



If no dog is leashed and the person is alone, then the process of getting away from a dog is very much the same. Form some sort of a barrier whether that is distance or a physical barrier like a car or tree, keep a soft voice and stay calm and firm without making eye contact, and then try to use an article of clothing or bag as a shield.


Keep moving until either the dog’s owner returns or have others come help distract the dog until you get away. As long as nerves are calm and you think fast everything will be okay. If the dog ends up biting or scratching exposed skin, wash the wound with soap and water and check with the authorities to ensure that the dog doesn’t have rabies.


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By keeping both yourself and the dog calm, this can potentially calm down a dangerous situation and leave everyone safe and able to walk away with no wounds.