Stray dogs are dogs that are running loose, without an owner, or homeless. Strays can be large or small. Any dog can be a stray. Most strays are pets that have gotten out of their houses or yards. Often, stray dogs are lost or abandoned (homeless) and they have no one to care for them. Strays are usually hungry, thirsty, lonely, and sometimes hurt.
Now you know why stray dogs are a hazard. Don’t stop to play with a homeless dog, because you could get hurt. Here’s what you should do if you are approached by a stray dog:
If you are standing:
-Hold your arms close to your side or fold them across your chest, and don’t move.
-Look down at your roots (feet). You are making your body into the shape of a tree.
-Don’t run away and especially don’t move your arms.
-Let the dog sniff you if he wants.
-Don’t stare at the dog’s eyes.
-When the dog goes away, you may back up slowly so you can still watch him.
If you are lying down, or have been knocked down by a dog:
-Act like a stone or log.
-You are making your body into the shape of a big ball or flat log.
-Don’t get up and don’t move until the dog has gone away.
Never run way from a dog. If you run, the dog will chase you. If you stand still, he will probably sniff you, and then go away.
After the dog has gone, tell an adult right away so they can call the animal control office of your local police department. Try to remember if the dog had a collar or tag and what the dog looked like. You will be helping the dog get off the streets into a safe place.