Dogs while running: how to deal with them

Runners and dogs, is a difficult combination at times. Our paths intersect regularly. Are you afraid of dogs? Or do you find it annoying when they run behind you or jump on you? These tips will help keep your four-legged friends at a safe distance.

Dogs and running: this is how you deal with them

If you think that you are walking in the woods relaxing, a big dog comes running towards you, barking. Or a stray specimen chasing and trying to stay ahead with a beating heart. This can be very scary, especially if you have no knowledge of dog behavior or are afraid of dogs.

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Dog owners are responsible at all times for the (unwanted) behavior of their pets. Fortunately, the majority do not want their dog to bother others. But they are still animals and sometimes react unexpectedly. Puppies and young dogs have not yet learned how to handle runners. Unfortunately, there are also dog owners who do not take it seriously with morals. That’s why it doesn’t hurt to be prepared for dog shows and Below you can read how you can estimate dog behavior, and what you should and should not do.

How do you know if a dog will bite?

Almost all dogs that run towards or after you, and may even growl or bark, have no nefarious plans. They see it as a game or follow their hunting instinct. Some dogs get amazed at runners and their quick movements, which is why they want to scare you away. The other side of the story is that any dog ​​can bite, no matter how cute they look. Because he is worried or wants to defend his territory for example.

Signs that a dog will bite

Dogs usually give stress and warning signals before they bite. The average dog prefers to avoid conflict. These signals include yawning, looking away, licking the nose, wrinkling the nose, stiffening, tail up, lips pulling, and showing erect hair and teeth.† However, dog language is difficult to recognize and understand without extensive experience with dogs. Shaking, for example, seems to be an expression of joy, but there are different forms of shaking with subtle differences. For example, a dog may also wag its tail due to stress.


Giving each other space helps prevent biting accidents. This is the best thing you can do:

  • Walk with the bow toward the dog or turn away a little.
  • Is a dog coming upon you and you have not been served? Stand still with your arms at your sides and look the other way so that you are as boring as possible for the dog.
  • dog jumping? Stand still, arms at your sides, and walk away from the dog.
  • Looking away, looking beyond the dog.
  • Try to stay relaxed, just breathe. Dogs can notice the tense body language of people and manage that tension.
  • With a dog (guard) or dog on a leash: Ignore completely and walk calmly.
  • Avoid areas that are not restricted to dogs and popular walks if you prefer to avoid dogs completely.
  • If you have a dog phobia that is negatively affecting your life, consider seeking help, such as behavioral therapy.
  • See cute who wants to pet you? Ask permission from the owner who knows if their dog appreciates it. If you can, let the dog sniff your hand first and then place it on the side of its head or body. They usually find it annoying to caress the top of the head.


    • When running directly on a dog, dogs can experience this as a threat. Dogs often approach each other through an arc to reassure each other.
    • Stare or look directly into the eye.
    • Run away as quickly as possible: This motivates the dog to chase after you.
    • Screaming, screaming, flapping your arms, making unexpected movements. Dogs may be startled or think you want to play.
    • Petting or touching dogs without first talking to the owner.
    • Taking a stick or a ball from an unfamiliar dog, they do not always respond in a friendly manner.
    • You care about the owners screaming “do nothing!”. Make your own mind. Walk around the building if it saves you that sweat.

      Tips for dog owners

      As a dog owner, you are doing fearful passersby a favor by keeping them in mind. Only release your dog in permitted areas. Train him to leave runners and other passersby alone. Try to stop chasing and jumping. A dog school, trainer or behavior specialist can help you with this.

      Have you encountered a runner who anxiously looks at your faithful companion? Call your dog and tie him up. Step aside if necessary and make sure you are standing between passersby and your dog. Many runners will thank you!

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