Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Help Keep Politicians Safe!

Politicians and their campaign workers frequently encounter dogs while going door to door during a campaign. Many of these encounters are not happy ones and sometimes the worker is bitten or threatened. Doggone Safe has produced a handout for politicians with advice to help keep them safe from dogs they meet on the campaign trail. Click here to download this.

If you are a Doggone Safe member you can download a version of this from the members area and customize it with your logo and contact information. Sending something useful like this to your local politicians is helpful to them and could be helpful to your business too. If you live in an area (such as Ontario,Canada) that is soon to be involved in an election campaign, send a copy of this to your local politicians.

Door Knocker Tips

Safety Tips
  • Stand still like a tree if a loose dog approaches. Ignore the dog until it leaves you. Move away slowly keeping the dog in sight. Resume the tree position if the dog returns to you. Repeat as required.
  • Be alert for signs of a dog, such as worn grass, dog house, feces, dog toys or evidence of chaining. Leave the property if you are uncomfortable.
  • Learn about canine body language so you can tell if a dog is friendly or anxious. Take our online course!
  • Do not try to make friends with dogs unless they come to you wagging and panting. Ignoring the dog is best. 
  • If you feel you must pet a dog, scratch him on the side of the neck. Dogs don’t like hands coming over their heads.
  • Do not approach a house with a dog barking from behind a screen door or with a tied dog that is barking or lunging.
  • Be sure that the door is latched before you knock to prevent a dog from escaping.
  • If you hear a dog barking in the house after you knock, stand off to one side so that if the dog runs out he will go right past you. Stand still while he comes back to investigate. Ask the owner to put the dog away.
  • Avoid leaning over a dog or reaching over a dog to shake hands or to hand something to the owner.
Basic Body Language

Warning: Yawn, lick, half-moon eye, freeze and stare, raised
tail, barking, backing away, advancing and retreating.

Friendly: Panting and wagging his tail loosely.

Beware if he stops panting or wagging or becomes stiff.

Never run from a dog or try to fight a dog off

Thanks to Jan Mowbray of Milton ON for giving us this suggestion

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