Have you ever come across an injured dog or may be, you own a dog and might have seen it injured? What was/is your first reaction? Panic? Fear?
Well, normally, people start panicking when they see their pets injured especially in cases when they are immature in handling an injured pet or dog. Because they feel fearful that the injured animal may die because of their careless actions.
In case, if you are an inexperienced person as well when it comes to handling injured dogs or full body dog harness then keep reading this article. We will be discussing some of the tips and tricks on how you can safely and securely handle a dog?
Tip No. 1: Stay Calm
Whenever you come across such a situation, instead of fight or flight response, stay calm and take deep long breaths. Don’t let yourself sink in the moment.
Tip No. 2: Have a Look Around Your Surroundings
When you are approaching an injured dog then make sure that your surroundings are cleared. Such as that there is nothing in between you and the dog i.e. any obstacle, traffic, road, or other dogs etc.
Tip No. 3: Tempt the Dog
Instead of directly approaching the dog which can be quite dangerous, it is better that you lure the dog by offering him something to eat. Try to throw some food in his direction which can make him come to you.
Tip No. 4: Approach the Dog from a Different Side
When you think that now the dog is not feeling much afraid from you then start approaching him slowly but make sure that you approach him from an angle or a side which he cannot see directly. Like: approaching him from his side instead of approaching him directly in his angle. This is safer and easier as this angle will not allow the dog to plunge on you directly in case if he feels threatened by you.
Tip No. 5: Talk Confidently
When you approach the dog, talk to him confidently. Call him in a calm voice. Calling him with his name would be a better option in case if you know it. Ask him to trust you. This will ensure the dog that you are not approaching him with any other motives. Once the dog has calmed down enough then you can approach him now.
Tip No. 6: Don’t Make an Eye Contact
Making an eye contact with a dog should be avoided at all costs. This can make the dog feel hostile towards you.
Tip No. 7: Protect Yourself Using Some Shield
When you are approaching the dog, make sure that you have something to protect yourself too i.e. a barrier, a cushion etc which can protect you in case if the dog attacks on you directly.
Tip No. 8: Put a Leash Around the Dog’s Neck
Once you are near the dog, then put a leash around his neck and take him towards veterinary clinic. If it’s a small dog then you can use a towel as well instead of a leash.