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What do I do when a dog chases me, do I really need to use my pepper spray? Should a dog run after you, stop. I know this sounds crazy, but running excites dogs. Hopefully you can walk out of the dog's roving range. Should the dog attack, use your pepper spray.
I've run for 30 years and never had dog trouble. Exactly, STOP! This is what the dog wants you to do. They are curious by nature. They are also afraid of you. Just slowly walk out of the area. Here's a tip: carry dog treats to throw. They love it.
i have had many dogs run after me, but never needed to use any self-defense techniques except for one. As soon as I realize I am being chased, I turn around, run toward the dog(s) and then the dog(s) run away from me.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|