A dog is coming at you full force off leash ready to attack. What do you do? Cry? Pee your pants a little? Run away? Maybe all of the above? The most important thing to remember is this: Stay calm.
There are a variety of products out there to deter animal/ human attacks. The two products I will forever rely on is the Sabre spray and Pet Correct. They are cheap, discreet, and easy to carry. Neither will cause long-term damage to the other dog or person and using it doesn’t require you to make physical contact with a dog that may be approaching. It’s the perfect tool to carry every day during your walks.
First Level of Deterrent: The Pet Corrector
The Pet Corrector is a can of compressed gas that makes a startling noise when released. Dogs hate the high-pitched hissing sound when they hear it.The Pet Corrector was invented to “do no harm” but also to be used as an aversion when the dog was doing a bad behavior or in this case startle the dog getting ready to attack. This easily fits in any pocket or the awesome pack I mentioned in the basics.
Second Level of Deterent: Sabre Red Spray
A safe, yet effective, all-natural dog spray to help deter dog attacks. Helps prevent injuries to you, your pet and the attacking dog. Sabre is used by police departments worldwide. Officers on six continents and in more than 40 countries carry Sabre pepper spray. I hooked this to a quick release key chain and its attached to my pack.
Most of us make two mistakes when it comes to walking pups in the dark. First, we put our lights and reflective stripes on the wrong parts of our bodies to grab a driver’s already splintered attention. Second, we overestimate how easy it is for drivers to spot us, while drivers are similarly overconfident that they will spot people moving alongside them in the dark. Day or night, visibility is all about contrast — how much something stands out against the background. Most night walks or bedtime visits I put this extremely attractive (insert excessive sarcasm) 247 VIZ reflector vest on and if it’s a long walk I will put the bands around my wrists. You can never be too careful especially with every person staring at their phones while driving!