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Exercise Safety Tip: Dealing With Unknown Dogs

I recently polled you guys about skipping workouts due to not feeling safe and a few of you mentioned you didn't feel safe because of dogs in your neighborhood. I know the feeling: I've encountered a few dogs I didn't know while jogging, and it can be an uneasy experience.

With this in mind I've channeled my inner dog whisperer and consulted with on what to do when approached by a dog you don't know. Here are the basics:

When you encounter an unknown/stray dog, never approach him. If he approaches you, remain still, and allow him to sniff you. Do not make any sudden moves or shout. Do not make eye contact with the dog and do not turn away from him either. Most important, do not run as all of these can be mistaken as challenges by the dog and provoke him to attack. Once the dog seems comfortable, you may slowly continue on your way.


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