🐶There’s been a lot of posts in neighborhood groups about off leash dogs. Here are some tips if you’re out walking and are approached by one. .
‼️First and foremost, protect yourself and your dog. Stay alert. If you can, call ahead to the off leash party and ask if they can leash their dog. Remember, owners are only legally allowed to have their dogs off leash on their private property. .
🚶If you’re able, find a different route, cross the street if possible. .
🗣If the off leash dog starts to approach, get “big” and “loud”. Yelling “no” or “stop” is sometimes enough to get the dog(s) to rethink approaching closer. This often will bring their owners’ attention to the issue as well. .
☂️Some dog walkers carry a big umbrella to open to create a barrier. Others bring a can of pet corrector which is similar to canned air. Be aware this may in turn scare your dog if/when used. Others have mentioned pepper spray as a last ditch effort. .
⭐️Never feel bad about advocating for you and your dog. The metro area has the leash law for a reason. To protect others, it’s also a good idea to take a mental description of the owner, dog, and area of the encounter and call the non-emergency line to report the incident when safe to do so.
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