“I know this sounds crazy, but running excites dogs.”
What should you do when you encounter loose dogs while on a run? There are 74.8 million dogs in the US. Each year, dogs bite more than 2% of the US population. That's 4.7 million dog attacks annually. Almost 800,000 dog bites per year are serious. One out of 6 require medical attention. Dog bites send nearly 368,000 victims to the E.R. Annually.
Here are some tips to lower your risk of dog attack while out on a run:
Some runners like to carry big sticks or pepper spray—I'm not sure how effective these things are. I do know that pepper spray does not generally have much effect on larger, more aggressive breed dogs like pit bulls, rottweilers, and Akidas. Although postal workers carry pepper spray for the purpose of dog attack safety, it is really only effective on little dogs—ones you probably aren't terribly concerned with in the first place.