How To Protect Your Pet From Wild Dogs

Your pet might not be safe from the outside world. Once your domesticated animal leaves the comfort of your property, it’s at risk of being attacked by wild dogs. Keeping your pet safe from harm should be one of your top priorities. Continue reading to learn six tips to help protect your pet from wild dogs.   

1. Increase Home Safety

One of the biggest temptations of many wild animals, including dogs, is food. For example, you might be having a Sunday barbecue in your backyard. The alluring scent of barbecued meat in the air can attract wild dogs in the area.  

Now, your docile pet is also there with your friends and family as you enjoy your leisure time even when you leave your dog at home. Unbeknownst to everyone, a rabid dog may already be seeking to snatch a piece of chicken or rib from your garden table. In all likelihood, it’s not going to get one without a fight.  

Aggressive wild dogs can enter your property freely if you don’t prioritise home safety for every household member, including your pets. So, don’t consider your yard to be one of the safest places on your property.

Gardens may allow easy access to wild dogs and other aggressive animals, especially if proper fencing is not in place. Also, take note that these violent animals might visit your property at any time of the day or night. Hence, be careful when placing “Fido” or “Fifi” in the yard at night as it might not be a good idea.  

Pet owners need to have at least some kind of fencing to keep wild animals like rabid dogs at bay. But, some wild dogs are crafty creatures, and they’ll look for ways to get into your yard anyway. 

Thus, you need to consider other options to heighten the security of your home for the sake of your pet. For instance, remove any trees that rabid dogs can access to get into your property. Furthermore, move trash cans away from tall fencing as these containers can be used by aggressive dogs as pedestals.  

If you see a violent pooch roving outside your property, think about calling animal removal services for professional help. Understanding what can make dogs aggressive is also crucial to keep an eye out for violent behaviors.  

2. Update Vaccinations 

Wild dogs might have rabies, which is a viral disease famous for causing harmful effects to humans. But, rabies may transfer to different animals through biting or scratching as well. Watch out, as this ailment may also affect your pet pooch if you’re not careful.  

A rabid dog may attack your unsuspecting pooch in the middle of the night. So as soon as you wake up, the next thing you know is that “Fido” is acting strangely aggressive towards you and other household members.  

Rabies attacks the central nervous system of dogs. If a human gets bitten by a dog with rabies, the disease can cause debilitating symptoms, such as: 

  • Anxiety 
  • Confusion 
  • Hallucination 
  • Hydrophobia 

You can prevent your dog from contracting rabies from the outset by making sure you update its vaccinations. Visit your veterinarian on a regular schedule, and make sure that the pet doctor gives your pooch the right vaccines, especially for rabies.  

So if your dog gets bitten by a stray and violent mutt, then you should have less to worry about, knowing that your pet won’t contract rabies. But, remember to visit your veterinarian as your pet pooch might still have scars and bite marks from a battle with the rabid dog. 

3. Walking With Safety 

You might be proud to be a pet owner who has trained your animal companion with proper discipline and succeeded. Now, you feel you can confidently roam the neighborhood without the need to put your pet on a leash.  

However, consider putting your animal friend on a leash when you take it out for a walk. Pets, especially dogs, can be susceptible to attacks from violent canines in the vicinity. So if your pooch is not on a leash, you might have to chase after your furry four-legged friend while a vicious mutt is chasing your pet.  

Allowing your pet to roam free puts it at risk of several dangers, including attacks from other dogs. Even though your pet pooch graduated from obedience school, your dog’s mind might still choose “fight” when it’s brain activates its “fight or flight” response. So, it’s best to have your canine companion on a leash to protect it from the hazards of rabid dog attacks.  

Even with your pet on a leash, you’re still not out of the woods. If you see a wild hound headed your way, you may have a few seconds to escape the situation. But don’t run away at the sight of the mutt, as the aggressive canine will come running after you with its fast legs.  

So if you see a wild animal growling in the distance, the first step you must take is to stay calm. Panicking will only make the situation worse, as you’ll most likely run in response to fear. However, if you remain composed, you’ll gain clarity and focus on thinking about what you need to do next.  

With that in mind, what you should ideally do next is to back away slowly. But don’t turn your back to the wild animal; instead, back away while facing the wild beast.  

Aim to keep the animal away from you by making noises. Otherwise, try to make yourself appear larger than average. Puff up your chest, broaden your shoulders, put your arms on your hips, and exude confidence even though your legs might be quaking in fear at this point. 

You can also throw nearby rocks or sticks at the aggressive creature. It may sound inhumane, but it’s safe to say that you’re doing these things out of self-defense. If you falter, then you’re going to leave yourself and your pet open to attacks.  

4. Read The Signs 

It’s fun to go on outdoor adventures with your pet. Perhaps you want to explore unknown territories around your neighborhood, hoping to find new sights and sounds. But, don’t get so enamored with the new location that you forget to read the signs.  

One sign to take seriously is an indication of wild animal sightings. Some neighborhoods or towns place signs around the area to warn people of rabid critters roaming the location.  

If you dare to cross this vicinity, then keep your eyes and ears peeled for aggressive animals eyeing you and your pet as their next prey. Otherwise, turn around as soon as you see the “Wild Beasts In The Area” sign to keep you and your precious pet out of harm’s way.  

5. Don’t Leave Food Outside 

Some pets like to join in with the rest of the family for dinner. But, your household animal companion might want more than the food in their bowl. Instead, your pet might want a salad or that steak on the dinner table.  

So, you may decide to bring your pet and its food outside to avoid causing a ruckus inside the house. But, bringing food out can be a recipe for disaster.  

Your pet won’t be the only animal in the area who can smell the delicious food. Remember that some animals have a keen sense of smell, and stray beasts may rabidly attack anyone, even your pet, to eat the food.  

If possible, don’t leave your pet and its food outside, especially when there’s no dependable fencing in the area. Food can be an aggression trigger for wild animals. Once these mutts fixate on your pet’s food, their mouths will start to salivate with hunger and they’ll head straight to the food bowl. A battle between the two animals may follow afterward.  

Avoid this scenario by bringing your pet and its food to another room in your house. You can use this technique to ensure you and other household members can eat at the dining table in peace without “Fido” trying to jump on the table to grab a piece of steak. Also, this method ensures that your pet stays safe from attacks by any wild dogs roaming around the property.  

6. Call Animal Control 

As mentioned earlier, you can call professionals to deal with wild dogs in your area. These professionals have the expertise and equipment to control the violent mutts before the animals can put your pet and others in danger.  

But, professional animal controllers might take more than a few minutes to arrive at your location. If you need emergency help to protect your pet from wild dogs, you can work with other people in the neighborhood.  

Many wild dogs work solo or in small groups. These canines may flee if they see more people than the number of dogs in the pack. Also, it would help if the supportive persons can make loud noises or throw sticks near the aggressive hounds to scare them off.  

Working together to protect your pet might require a bit of extra work. But the assistance acquired can give you peace of mind, knowing your animal companion is safe and sound.  

Conclusion 

Follow these instructions to help protect your pet from wild dogs. Make sure to increase the safety of your home, and don’t forget to update your animal companion’s vaccinations in case of attacks. Also, don’t leave food outside your home as these items are akin to magnets that can attract aggressive dogs in your area. If all else fails in the attempts to protect your property and your pet from violent mutts, don’t hesitate to call professional animal control.