Aggressive Dogs

If you find yourself facing an aggressive dog, below are some tips to help stop the incident escalating:

  • do not run, stand still
  • keep your hands firmly by your sides, do not wave them around
  • try telling the dog to sit or stay in a firm tone but do not shout
  • do not kick the dog, make loud noises or jump around
  • avoid eye contact with the dog as it might think you are challenging it
  • slowly back away from the dog and when you are at a safe distance from it, walk away

If you own an aggressive dog, you should:

  • keep your dog on a lead and muzzle it when in public
  • put up a sign on your gate or door warning visitors that you have a dog inside

For more information, contact the Neighbourhood Environment Team on 0300 013 3333.