Being a lead animal services worker for Public Health
in Wisconsin, Pat Comfert has a number of suggestions
on what you should consider if ever confronted by an
If approached by a dog and you are not sure of its
intentions, Comfert advises “stand like a tree”. Offer
the animal a decoy, such as a jacket, backpack or
briefcase - anything on hand that may be used if the dog
intends to bite. Anything other than your leg, arm or
other body part.
Dogs will usually use quite a bit of energy when they
bite and then back off. A small tear or hole in your
jacket may satisfy the animal and save you from getting
Pitbulls tend to bite and lock on to the object, says
Comfert. If you encounter a dog that latches on the your
decoy object and does not want to let go, keep the dog
interested in the object by shaking or pulling slightly.
While the dog is still occupied, back towards a safe
place, such as a building or car. When close enough to
flee, drop the decoy object and slip inside the safe
“Most dogs can run faster than you can bicycle,” so most
people should not attempt to outrun or out ride a dog. If
attacked by a aggressive dog while you are on a bicycle,
Comfert recommends getting off the bike and keeping it
between you and the dog as a barrier or shield. If
necessary, you may even need to use the bicycle as a
Some people end up getting bit while intervening when a
dog attacks another. If possible, Comfert recommends
keeping your dog away if a strange or aggressive dog
approaches. If practical, pick up your dog before any
confrontation can start and leave the immediate area.
Specially formulated canine Pepper spray is known to be
effective to stop most dogs. “But on the odd dog out, it
will make him more angry,” Comfert said. Namely, some pit
bulls were bred to fight and may not be as sensitive to
pain as most normal dogs. “Pepper spray won’t necessarily
have the same stopping power with them,” Comfert said.
If you routinely encounter a dog on your regular travel
route who behaves aggressively, you may opt to change to
a different route. “You shouldn’t have to, but sometimes
it’s the best thing to do” offers Comfert.
Your morning jog or walk may not be a big deal, but if
you are in the delivery business, this might not be an
option afforded to you. Mace Muzzle canine repellent is
an excellent product for defending against attacking dogs.
This specially formulated pepper spray is designed
specifically for dogs and has been proven to be effective
in encounters with aggressive canines. If a dog attacks
you, spraying this repellent in it’s face will stop him
in his tracks.
It will overpower the animal and he will retreat. If you
jog or take walks, then you should carry this dog spray
with you. It is lightweight, easily accessible, and will
provide fast protection when you need it most.
Another option is using the latest ultrasonic technology,
the SUPER DOGCHASER uses two ways to repel a dog. One is
the discomforting but not harmful high frequency sound
(20,000Hz-25,000Hz), audible to dogs but not to humans.
And, the second is a super bright LED flashing strobe
that temporarily blinds and confuses the dog. Helps stop
the approach of unwanted dogs up to 40 feet.
Nothing is foolproof, but when in danger, every little
advantage could help.
It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you,
but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could
be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
Yours in safety,
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