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For many folks, their dogs are part of the family. So, just like any family member, you would invite your dog along on a trip, whether around town or around the world.
One thing’s for sure: Your dog will be very enthusiastic about the invite. There are few things dogs love better than exploring new places, sights, sounds and, most important to their keen noses, unusual and unfamiliar smells.
Whether you are visiting new places or hiking a familiar locale near your home, you shouldn’t let your guard down. You never know what you will encounter.
Other people’s dogs can become aggressive. Every year in the U.S., some 4.5 million dog bites occur. Every day, more than a thousand folks get emergency treatment for dog bites. Dog owners are far more likely to be bit than those who don’t own dogs.
Besides protecting yourself and your friends and family members, you want to safeguard your loyal dog against attack. Just like walking your dog around the block, you should be prepared for potential attacks from unleashed or stray dogs when you’re traveling or hiking. Here are a few tips from SABRE for traveling and hiking safely with dogs.
Situational awareness is always important. Wherever you are, you should be sensitive to your surroundings. Dogs are very territorial, so if you see a dog in its yard, especially if it is barking or acting aggressively, steer your dog away from it.
It’s best to keep your dog on a leash at all times too, no matter how well-trained you may think he is. That will give you better control.
Carrying dog spray with you can help you deter a dog attack. EPA-approved and humane sprays like can stop an attacking dog without permanently harming it. Effective use of a dog spray will give you and your pet time to get away from the aggressor.
In addition, having dog spray close at hand will give you the confidence you need to protect yourself and your family if you encounter a threatening dog. A variety of easy-to-carry sprays are available.
If you are a jogger or a runner, comes with a Velcro™ strap. You can easily carry it in one hand as you run. Containing the maximum strength of 1 percent major capsaicinoids allowed by the EPA, it provides a humane and short-term way to temporarily disable and disorient aggressive dogs.
Plenty of other options are available for carrying your dog spray. A canister of can be attached to your home or car keys. Simply stash it in a pocket or carry it on your walk for protection that is easily accessible. jogger or a runner, comes with a Velcro™ strap. You can easily carry it in one hand as you run. Containing the maximum strength of 1 percent major capsaicinoids allowed by the EPA, it provides a humane and short-term way to temporarily disable and disorient aggressive dogs.