Most stray dogs do not threaten people in any way, if they are not annoyed and disturbed unnecessarily. However, there are times when the homeless life with all its difficulties turns them into aggressive animals.
They, like wild wolves, make every effort to protect their territory and if people get there, then dogs can show aggression. How to behave in such cases? Dog owners often find themselves in a similar situation.
The pack begins to bark at their pets, however, the domestic dog itself, as a rule, does not show any fear.
Barking dogs along the way is normal, even though a little scary, but remember that this is just a way to protect their own territory. The worst thing a person can do in this situation is to attack the animal or run away.
Running induces a natural hunting instinct in a dog just like in the case of most animals, and the most peaceful individuals may perceive this as a manifestation of play and become even more interested in you.
It is best to overcome fear and stop, especially if the dog has been following you on your heels. In this case the dog will stop barking and in most cases it will not follow you anymore.
You can use any object that will distract the dog’s attention from you – the animal starts sniffing it, and then loses interest.
Domestic dogs, most often, do not react at all to cyclists, but street animals do. They often bark at cyclists and start chasing them. In this case, we advise you to stop and let the dogs approach you – the dogs will quickly lose interest in your transport.
Your dog does not guarantee your safety in any way, and some dogs themselves may even be frightened of a large and formidable street dog. At best, they can sniff each other and part, but sometimes street dogs can become aggressive, and in this case, we advise you to keep ultrasonic whistles with you, which will scare them away.
But do not forget to teach your own pet to this whistle so that he does not get scared. You can also keep some dog treats with you.
The main thing to do when attacked by a pack of dogs is to try to be calm and not panic. It is necessary, at the same time, to master some commands, for example, confidently order: “shoo!” and drive away the homeless. Please note that this should be a command, not a shout. Do not stretch out your hands and do not look the animal straight in the eye, but if the dog sniffs you, do not interfere.
By the way, a very good way to avoid aggression from stray dogs is to regularly feed them, because it is hungry dogs that most often show hostility.