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If dogs chase you, slow down, they’ll go back

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Dog bite cases are on the rise in the cities. The victims are often children and elderly people. Experts are of the opinion that such incidents are increasing due to lack of awareness, and harassment of dogs. Lack of food and water resources, along with indifference of citizens is another major reason. Remember, no dog starts the day thinking whom he will bite today. On being provoked or disturbed by some mindless person or in self defence, he may be forced to bite. However, a sick dog can bite anyone without provocation. Such dogs need to be identified and treated.
If an unknown dog seems angry, do not make eye contact with him, do not bow down in front of him, and also do not try to touch him. Just keep away. Similarly, when a pet dog comes near you, stay calm and let him sniff you. Give him a few moments to know you well. During this time do not touch him, nor try to be friendly. After a few seconds, he himself will sit satisfied or go away. Explain to kids the importance of living in harmony with animals. Do not scare children, but make them aware. If you keep on saying that dogs may bite, the kids will scream or run away seeing a dog, which is a danger sign for the dog and he can be aggressive. Adults afraid of dogs also show strange behaviour, and then blame the dog. Reacting to unusual behaviour is a dog’s birthright.
If a dog wags his tail, it does not mean that he is friendly. If his whole body moves with the tail, only then he is friendly. If the body is stiff and just the tail is wagging, and he is not looking at you, assume that the dog is angry. It is good to stay away from him. Do not hurt a dog with stones or stick under any circumstances. This is the stupidity most people do, which is why dog bite cases are increasing. Bullying makes the dog aggressive. Treat him with love.
In order to reduce the aggression of dogs, it is necessary to ensure their sterilisation, vaccination, eating arrangements and friendly environment. Neither the government nor the public is doing this properly. If a dog lover starts giving food, few bad elements of society interfere in their work. If most of the houses offer a little food and water to the homeless dogs, they will remain calm and happy. It is also necessary to show people the fear of law, so that their behaviour towards dogs is appropriate.
Few tips: Kids and elderly people tease more, hence become easy victims. Dogs fall sick due to human negligence, stay away from sick dogs. Do not disturb a scared dog, else he can attack. Do not interfere when the dogs are eating, relaxing or mating. If the dogs run behind a bike or car, reduce speed, they will go back. Never hit a dog, it is cruel and illegal. Dogs become aggressive if bullied. Never relocate a dog, this can increase his problems and anger. Dogs are friendly, it’s humans who have turned selfish and cruel.


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