What to do if your dog

is involved in an attack

What to do if your dog

is involved in an attack


It is important to be vigilante and remain alert when you stepping outside with your dog.

Your dog’s safety is of utmost importance and you would do anything to protect your pet. Thus, to ensure receive the best medical care in the event of injury due to an attack, it is wise to invest in a comprehensive pet insurance plan to cover your pet’s healthcare and recovery needs.

An attack, whether provoked or unprovoked, can be a scary event for both you and your pet. Despite all of the necessary precautions you take, an attack may be instantaneous and unexpected. Your first instinct may be to panic, however, staying calm and cautious can lead to better outcomes in these types of situations.

Sometimes, people may be too preoccupied to notice their pet’s movements, thus causing them to be slow to react to a potential scuffle. And sometimes an attack can come with no prior warning.

 

Here are some tips you can use if you find yourself and your pet facing a possible attack:

 

1. Look out for signs:

There will surely be signs if your pet is upset. These signs may include:

Growling
Barking
Snarling
Snapping
Baring Teeth
Lunging

When you observe these signs, retreat gradually without turning your back. Make your dog secure by taking him close. Walk away calmly but, quickly. Deescalate the situation. 

Don’t get aggressive or exhibit fear. Don’t punish a dog for growling because this is their way of trying to communicate. Most importantly, ensure your pet is secured, remain assertive, and give your pet the space required.

2. Stay calm:

Yes, it’s tough to stay calm and not react amidst a crisis. However, you should do your best not to panic or have any negative emotions. Your energy and emotions affect your dog. When you panic, get angry, or fearful, it instigates your pet towards aggression. You can disarm the situation if you remain calm. Try to meditate for a few minutes a day to practice staying controlled and restrained.

3. Don’t pick up your dog:

Interrupting in a dog fracas can directly harm you. It is hard to resist bending down and picking up your dog. But you might get bitten or scratched. Resist the urge to jump into the situation and physically save your dog. You invested in pet medical insurance for your pet to take care of the health expenses. Along with this, your responsibility is to not get over-excited in case your dog is attacked.

4. Do not hold direct eye contact:

A dog responds negatively to held eye contact. Claim your space by making yourself big and remain calm. If your dog is trying to bite you, let it do so on something that is not part of your body and then slowly remove it. When the attacking dog becomes fierce, continue to be big and assertive. When the other dog observes an imposing figure protecting your pet it will flee.

5. Other things you can do:

Don’t step in to separate fighting dogs: It will be hard to pull your dog out of harm because you might be seriously injured and your dog might get further injured if another dog initiated the fight.

See a vet: Even if your dog looks calm, visiting a vet is essential. Dogs are good at masking their pain and you do not really know about the injuries they might carry until the vet is able to perform a thorough examination.

Recuperation:Even if your pet has not been physically harmed the stress of violence stays. It affects future interactions with other dogs and people. So, engage in recuperative training and get back to socializing again so your dog feels happy and calm.

If you are interested in securing your dog’s healthcare insurance needs, connect with the TrustedPals pet health insurance team. We are always happy to assist and guide you with securing a pet insurance plan to fit your needs.

 

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Your dog’s safety is of utmost importance and you would do anything to protect your pet. Thus, to ensure receive the best medical care in the event of injury due to an attack, it is wise to invest in a comprehensive pet insurance plan to cover your pet’s healthcare and recovery needs.

An attack, whether provoked or unprovoked, can be a scary event for both you and your pet. Despite all of the necessary precautions you take, an attack may be instantaneous and unexpected. Your first instinct may be to panic, however, staying calm and cautious can lead to better outcomes in these types of situations.


It is important to be vigilante and remain alert when you stepping outside with your dog.

Sometimes, people may be too preoccupied to notice their pet’s movements, thus causing them to be slow to react to a potential scuffle. And sometimes an attack can come with no prior warning.

 

Here are some tips you can use if you find yourself and your pet facing a possible attack:

 

1. Look out for signs:

There will surely be signs if your pet is upset. These signs may include:

Growling
Barking
Snarling
Snapping
Baring Teeth
Lunging

When you observe these signs, retreat gradually without turning your back. Make your dog secure by taking him close. Walk away calmly but, quickly. Deescalate the situation. 

Don’t get aggressive or exhibit fear. Don’t punish a dog for growling because this is their way of trying to communicate. Most importantly, ensure your pet is secured, remain assertive, and give your pet the space required.

2. Stay calm:

Yes, it’s tough to stay calm and not react amidst a crisis. However, you should do your best not to panic or have any negative emotions. Your energy and emotions affect your dog. When you panic, get angry, or fearful, it instigates your pet towards aggression. You can disarm the situation if you remain calm. Try to meditate for a few minutes a day to practice staying controlled and restrained.

3. Don’t pick up your dog:

Interrupting in a dog fracas can directly harm you. It is hard to resist bending down and picking up your dog. But you might get bitten or scratched. Resist the urge to jump into the situation and physically save your dog. You invested in pet medical insurance for your pet to take care of the health expenses. Along with this, your responsibility is to not get over-excited in case your dog is attacked.

4. Do not hold direct eye contact:

A dog responds negatively to held eye contact. Claim your space by making yourself big and remain calm. If your dog is trying to bite you, let it do so on something that is not part of your body and then slowly remove it. When the attacking dog becomes fierce, continue to be big and assertive. When the other dog observes an imposing figure protecting your pet it will flee.

5. Other things you can do:

Don’t step in to separate fighting dogs: It will be hard to pull your dog out of harm because you might be seriously injured and your dog might get further injured if another dog initiated the fight.

See a vet: Even if your dog looks calm, visiting a vet is essential. Dogs are good at masking their pain and you do not really know about the injuries they might carry until the vet is able to perform a thorough examination.

Recuperation:Even if your pet has not been physically harmed the stress of violence stays. It affects future interactions with other dogs and people. So, engage in recuperative training and get back to socializing again so your dog feels happy and calm.

If you are interested in securing your dog’s healthcare insurance needs, connect with the TrustedPals pet health insurance team. We are always happy to assist and guide you with securing a pet insurance plan to fit your needs.

 

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