Keeping your Dog Safe from Coyotes

Experts speculate that the drought forced coyotes into the cities seeking new sources of food. Subsequent rain has restored their ‘natural’ food supply, but the attraction of pets as easy food means that coyotes will continue to attack pets even as their traditional food supplies become more abundant. This new normal means that no matter where you live, dogs, even when walked on leash, are at risk. Coyotes are ambush predators – they will use the element of surprise to seize your pet in a split second. Victims are always surprised at how swiftly their pet is taken away. Consequently, situational awareness and the ability to anticipate an attack are the best defenses against coyote attacks.

Here are some tips for preventing coyote attacks on your pets:
• NEVER let your dog roam off-leash in an uncontrolled area.
• Always walk your dog on a short leash – no longer than 6 feet.
• Always be attentive to your surroundings
• If you see a coyote, yell and scream at it while raising your arms. Consider picking up your dog and carrying it until the danger is over.
• Carry defensive items such as a stick, pepper spray, and whistles or other noisemakers.
• Do not feed coyotes or interact with them in any positive way.
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