Can stray dogs be dangerous? Find Out Here

Street dogs are unhygienic and carry diseases

Street dogs in India are often left to fend for themselves and have to make do with whatever they can. They usually don’t have homes to go to or pet parents to look after them, which is the reason behind them being dirty or eating scraps off the road. All they are trying to do is survive. So, the next time you spot a street dog in your community, you can get them any of these essentials to make their lives a little better, comfortable and safer.

HUFT Tip: Please use these essentials for streeties that you meet or care for on a daily basis. If they are not comfortable using or wearing any of these items, it’s best to not use these at all.

Staying Safe Around an Aggressive Stray Dog

  • If the dog runs away from you, do not follow or chase it. Call animal control and let them know that you have seen a dog in the area. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 1 Not Helpful 0
  • If you decide to give a friendly lost pet or stray a treat, keep your hand flat and below their head. This will help make sure that the dog does not accidentally nip at your hand. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
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  • Your safety is the utmost concern. If your safety is in question, deescalate the situation by leaving the area. ⧼thumbs_response⧽ Helpful 2 Not Helpful 0
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    5 Myths About Street Dogs That Are Totally False

    Can stray dogs be dangerous?

    Imagine walking down the street and being approached by a dog. All they want to do is say hello, sniff you and follow you around for a little while. Those big puppy eyes, tail wagging and sloppy kisses all around—sounds therapeutic, right? Now imagine if they were a street dog.

    For most of us, the sight of street dogs in India brings about feelings of fear, disgust or even apathy. We may mean no harm but our encounters with street dogs often result in us changing lanes, shooing them away or even, unfortunately, in violence. There are many myths about street dogs that we are exposed to but that doesn’t mean that they are all true. Here are 5 such myths that are totally false!

    Any animal (or even humans, for that matter) is made “dangerous” by their circumstances. No dog wants to chase you or bite you because they can. These are reactions that are triggered by the experiences they have faced in their lives and how others around them have treated them. If you treat them with kindness and respect their space, they will do the same for you.

    Did you know: The official term for stray dogs is actually free-ranging dogs or street dogs

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