How to Fend Off a Dog Attack
by Deirdre Blake
posted Jan 27 2014 9:16AM
Authorities in Spotsylvania are offering some safety tips after a recent dog attack that killed a smaller animal that was in it's owner's arms.
Don't try to run from a dog, but while your normal reaction is to try to protect your dog, it can be risky. If I see any animal running at large, assume it's dangerous. If a dog prepares to attack, you can try pepper spray or use a walking stick to fend it off and scream. You should also extert dominance by firmly and loudly shouting a command like, "No," "Stop," or "Go home" before an approaching off-leash dog gets close.