Both are two types of stray dogs: those who have lost their owners and those who have lived on the street their entire lives. This article only addresses the first group for two reasons: the first – it is too great a risk to pick up an unvaccinated dog, and the second – it is harder to watch street dogs. Some are very sociable to humans, and some prefer to live with their band in the wild. Also, if you identify a female who may have cubs in the area – not get close to her, she can be very aggressive. It is easy to identify which dog belongs to the home and which does not: whether it has a collar, if it is told and groomed, and its degree of understanding with humans. In case you have seen a street dog it is best to call their associations: Let the animal live, SOS, animal grief, etc. You can also post on Facebook or report to the municipal hotline. Also, you can call an instructor who can better understand their language, most instructors are vaccinated so they can take more risk.
First of all, it is important to emphasize the dog’s point of view. A dog lost to the owner is in stress. Even if the dog is not naturally apprehensive, his behavior is quite different. The dog may feel very threatened by our body language. Behavior that seems natural and harmless to us can be interpreted as a character that pushes it into the corner and can hurt it. A dog that feels threatened has two options: escape, or attack. Two options that would greatly hurt him and us. Some of our actions may work when the dog is calm and balanced. But when he is stressed, he will forget the language of man, and work according to his natural instincts. So we will have to make an effort not to act in our natural behavior, but to adopt another behavior that will contribute to finding his family.
In the cold days, the dog is lonely outsie and may suffer from cold. Dogs are not immuned to cold such as cats. So buying a dog hoodie or a sweater is the most basic thing you want to do for the dog, if you want to take him home or not.
So we talked about a case where the dog feels threatened. But what about you?
If you have any fear, the dog will feel it. Some dogs will respond, and some will not. In any case, you should never take the risk. Too much confidence won’t help you either. It is important to feel calm. If you are not calm, the best solution is to put the responsibility on someone else. Someone you know is good with dogs and is around, or any of the other options I mentioned at the beginning of the article. Just reporting is a good thing. Knowing that you did not leave the dog as it is, but that you took a step to its aid.
If you feel calm, and want to do a little more to save it, let’s talk first about what not to do:
- Run after it – the dog runs faster than you, especially when he is scared.
- Making sounds of kissing, bending, and tapping your knees – from the dog’s point of view, these are predator movements.
- To look into the eyes – it feels like a threat to a dog.
- To move towards it in a straight-threatening line.
- Bend – the movement of a predator.
Talk to him – Only you will understand what you want, the dog understands body language and speech tone. Of course he can know a few words, but less when he is stressed.
So what do we do? It is important to note that this process takes time and patience on your part, but the result is so worth it. The main idea is that the dog will come to us, not us. First, keep an eye on the dog all the time, making sure he sees that there is someone he can connect with. Not to chase him, but to follow him. Dogs are a herd animal, and they are looking not to be alone. After walking around for a while, and he is aware of you, when he will stop and be close enough, sit down. Or on a bench, or kneeling on the floor. Looking at him, but not directly. After the dog sees that you have stopped following him and sat down, he may walk toward you, wanting to stay in the flock. Food would be very helpful in this case. Act like you are eating and you accidentally fall on the floor. At best, the dog will come close to you and eat. At the very least, the dog may come a little closer and then walk away again. This is an action that takes time, and you may need to perform it several times until it is safe enough to approach.