Encountering Dogs While Running

Whether you run through a park, by the beach, or around town, you have most likely encountered a dog or two while running. Although some are friendly and leashed, others can cause alarm and even attack.

Unfortunately, there are many running stories involving aggressive canines. Furthermore, these tales are becoming more frequent as irresponsible owners either improperly restrain their pets or abandon them completely.

It is imperative to understand that you do not need to compromise your workout to avoid this potential danger.

The following are helpful tips on how to deal with an unknown or aggressive dog:

  • Do not run - Considering the irony for a runner, a person’s natural instinct is to flee the scene. However, the act of running often activates the chase instinct present in all canines. Additionally, chances are that you are not going to outrun a dog.

  • Stay still - Remain motionless by making your body appear like a post, folding your arms across your chest. If the dog ignores you, wait until it is far away and quietly move to a safe area.

  • Become a rock - If the dog attacks you and knocks you to the ground, curl up into the fetal position and pull your face down into your chest, covering your neck with your hands.

  • Be defensive - If you would like to take precautions to avoid these situations, carry pepper spray or mace along on your runs. Avoid areas where owners constantly allow their dogs to roam.

If you have been attacked by a dog due to the negligence and carelessness of a dog owner in Southern California, Welebir | Tierney is committed to helping you recover the compensation you deserve to pay for medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Our San Bernardino and Redlands personal injury attorneys offer the trial-tested advocacy that has secured fair compensation for over four decades.

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