I remember the day when I was running to catch my school bus on the day of my mathematics examination when a dog started chasing me. Even though I was taught not to run in front of a dog, I started running out of panic.
Can you guess what happened later?
No! He did not bite me, but I ruined my examination. Yes, weird, isn't it? The chasing of the dog had a long lasting effect on me. But I didn't want the same to happen again and so I sorted to searching for the ways to tackle the furious dogs.
Following were the strong points that I gathered and would like to share.
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It is believed that the animals can sense human fear. Although it is hard to keep calm in front of a barking and growling dog but if you will scream, run away or wave your arms, the dog will get provoked.
Well, this is nothing new, because we all have been taught this since our childhood that if we run, the dog too will increase its pace. Instead, turn around and start walking in the opposite direction, but keep watching the dog out of the corner of your eye. Moreover, if you will stand still with your arms stretched along the sides, the dog will lose interest and will not chase you any longer.
Direct eye contact intensifies the behaviour of not only a human but also an animal. Staring straight into his eyes can lead him to attack you because he will think that you are a threat to him. Rather keep the dog in your sight but avoid direct eye contact with him.
Any object in your hand can be very helpful to you at this time. You can just throw that object away and distract the dog. He will start running behind that object giving you time to escape.
If the dog still continues to behave aggressively, face him BUT avoid direct eye contact and command him to go away. Make sure to have a confident and strong voice but not even high-pitched. The tone should be firm.