Handling a Mean Dog

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How do I handle a mean dog when I am housesitting for the owner?

Handling a Mean Dog

If you've been hired to housesit or do other work on someone else's property and you encounter an aggressive dog, you should first take steps to ensure your own safety. If the dog appears to attack or charge, never run. Always find the nearest available item to use as a wedge between you and the dog. You can use a backpack, a bicycle, or a large plastic bin. Never get in a challenging posture with the dog. This includes staring the dog down or walking rapidly toward the dog.

Once you can safely remove yourself away from the situation, contact the dog's owner and insist that he take measures to secure the dog before you set foot on the property again. You should never attempt to control the dog yourself, either by force or other means.



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