How to Handle It: Avoiding a dog attack
What do you do if you find yourself being the target of an untrained pet? How can you tell if the unleashed dog wants to play or attack?
"If a dog is light on their feet, hopping as they run, they're more playful. If they're heavy on their feet especially on their front feet as they're coming in their intent is to intimidate," says Rick Schubert.
Rick Schubert specializes in training dogs. He walked CNYCentral through certain scenarios of what you should do if a dog comes charging at you. The first thing is to think fast and smart.
"You don't turn because if he's coming up barking at you, he feels threatened by you. So, if you turn he's going to be confident enough to bite you on the back side," says Schubert.
Holding eye contact face to face with the dog are sure tell signs to the dog that you are in the authority role and have control.
"What you need to know is the dog doesn't have the confidence to bite face to face that's why he's trying to get behind you. When he runs out of an opportunity to get behind you because you keep turning with him, he'll probably decide that you're not a good target," says Schubert.
Keeping your hands crossed or pinned to your legs are other helpful tips because dogs will look at them as prey like signs to bite. Schubert says it's all about your energy. "When you're tense, she's excited. When you relax, she relaxes. That's why when the dog is coming up on you if you could, you need to not feel so threatened."
He says they will act on how they feel your presence.