You’re bringing your dog for a walk when you encounter a coyote. What do you do? Coyote attacks on people and pets have increased in recent years. As their habitat and food sources dwindle, these wild animals are looking for their next meal closer to civilization. Knowing how to protect your dog when faced with a coyote can help prevent a horrific event from occurring.

Install a High, Solid Fence

While a fence cannot always prevent all attacks, it can create a strong barrier that greatly reduces the risk of a coyote attack on your pet. Opt for an opaque fence that does not allow your dog to see out, or a coyote to see in. Ideally, you want a fence that is at least six foot tall and solid. The fence should be buried in the ground at least 18 inches as coyotes are master diggers. To deter coyotes from jumping over the fence, install barbed wire or coyote rollers to the top.

Avoid Off-Leash Walks

Even the best trained dogs can engage in unpredictable behavior when eye-to-eye with a coyote. If your dog is left off-leash, there is a greater risk of injury or death to your pet. Coyotes are generally afraid of humans and if your pet remains close to you, the likelihood of an attack is greatly diminished. Avoid making your dog a target by always using a leash, especially in high-risk areas and when hiking.

Carry a Hand Held, Audible Tool

Safe and humane tools, such as the Doggie Don’t training device, are designed to correct unwanted pet behaviors such as leash aggression, excessive barking, and jumping up. It works by creating a distinctive crackling sound that instantly gets your dog’s attention. It’s also an effective tool to carry on walks or hikes with your pet as it can help deter coyotes who come too close. Another benefit of using an audible tool is that you can deter the coyote from a distance.

Don’t Leave Out Garbage

Open trash cans can attract coyotes to your home, putting your family at risk. Make sure that garbage bins are properly sealed and never leave food outdoors, including dog food. Coyotes will also eat fallen fruit, so be sure to pick up any dropped fruit from local fruit trees.

Coyotes pose a wide range of threats outside of actual attacks. They also can carry rabies, hepatitis, fleas, ticks, distemper, worms, parvovirus, and manage. By implementing the proper safeguards, you can help keep your dog safe from harm.