Safety Tips for Dog Walkers – (Featured in Dog Living)

In December, a woman was assaulted while walking her dog in Durham, North Carolina and was later found lying near a wooded area. Even in the presence of a dog, an assailant might think this is a perfect opportunity to attack because you most likely feel safe with your loyal friend by your side and may be too distracted to notice the danger that lurks behind you.

Below are some tips from Krav Maga Worldwide, a global leader in defense training, on basic self-defense knowledge to know if you find yourself in danger while walking your dog.

  • Refresh on the basics. It’s important to follow basic safety tips when going out for a walk with your dog. Always wearing reflective or bright colored gear, avoid going for walks during early morning and evening hours and staying in well-lit areas that are near house or stores in case you need to yell for help can all help assist in keeping you safe.
  • Keep your guard up. It’s easy to fall into a comfortable groove if you take your dog for a walk on the same route every day, but assailants can choose any day to attack. It’s important to never get too comfortable, stay aware of your surroundings and trust your intuition if something feels off.

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