While visiting the jungle, you might find yourself face-to-face with one of the most dangerous animals on the planet: the wild dog, also known as the dingo or wolf-dog hybrid. This creature has been known to attack humans, so it’s important to know what to do if you encounter one in order to stay safe and not provoke an attack. Read this article to learn more about how to handle encounters with these wild dogs in the jungle, so you can enjoy your trip without incident!
Encountering a wild dog is like trying to pick up someone’s dropped contact lens when you don’t have your glasses on. It might be there, it might not be, but if you spend too much time looking for it then you’ll just get frustrated and give up. So what do you do if you come across a wild dog? A better question would be what should I avoid doing? Never look at the animal directly in the eye and never turn your back on them.
The most important thing to do when you encounter a wild dog is not run away! When you start running, the dog will chase after you and it can cause you to fall and get injured. Additionally, dogs are adept at catching up with fast runners over long distances so there’s little point in trying to escape. The most effective way of dealing with them is by using something like pepper spray, which should be available for purchase at most pharmacies or hardware stores
Smile at him/her
It might sound crazy, but if you encounter a wild dog at night, try and smile at him or her. You’re trying to establish eye contact and get them used to your scent so they don’t go running scared. A smile is often recognized as non-threatening, so it’s worth a shot before attempting to scare the dog away with other means.
The most important thing is to not panic. Remember that wild dogs are typically more scared of you than you are of them. The reason they will hesitate to attack is because they’re afraid you’ll scare them or hurt them. Make your movements as non-threatening as possible, and avoid eye contact. Turn away from the dog slowly, and make your way back to where you came from as quickly as possible.
Say nice doggy!
Slowly move away from them (they will follow you until they get bored)
If you are alone, try to stay as calm as possible. Don’t make sudden movements and try not to panic or scream. This can incite an attack by the dog and cause it to chase you. Also, don’t turn your back on them, this might also be seen as an act of aggression.
What do you do if you see a wild dog?
You may be surprised but encountering a wild dog on safari can be one of the most thrilling and exciting experiences you have on your trip. Just remember, like any animal, these predators can be unpredictable so it’s important to know what to do if you see one. Here are some tips for keeping yourself safe:
- Always stay at least 30 meters away from them and never ever approach them when they’re feeding, especially with young ones around or ungulates that they’re attacking.
While there is no one way to avoid being attacked by a wild dog, you can greatly reduce your chances of being attacked if you take these steps: don’t walk alone; wear shoes that protect your feet and ankles; try not to cross through areas where they’re known to live (like underbrush); carry a stick or stone with you, which can be used as protection; try yelling loudly if they start following you; only go near them if they are eating or have puppies.
If you encounter a wild dog, maintain eye contact and keep your distance. Aggressive dogs are more likely to attack because they are trying to establish their territory. If a dog starts walking towards you, do not run away because this might trigger an instinctive chase response. Stand tall and show no fear or aggression towards the animal while speaking firmly in low tones that they should go away and leave you alone.