Tackling dogs confidently

Some tips can definitely minimize dog attacks, the most important among them being to act confidently


Well! Dogs have been in the news for a long time now for their aggressive behavior. Unfortunately when we think about dogs, we draw parallels between a mad and an insane human being and a normal dog. But in reality they are quite intelligent. From times immemorial, dogs have been tamed by man, there were other animals in the offing, but only dogs were intelligent enough to earn the distinction of being one of  the first tamed and companion animals of man and have served our ancestors immensely and continue to offer their services in umpteen number of ways.
While the better breeds of dogs are used in defense, by crime detecting agencies and as companion animals, the stray dogs act as scavengers. Though the stray dogs are armed with lethal weapons of sharp teeth and claws and possess fine athletic skills like their wild relatives, they have adapted themselves within the domestic framework. They prefer to eat garbage and seldom attack our tempting livestock species.
  In fact, Almighty has bestowed them with tremendous capabilities; the most striking among them is their power of smell. In fact dogs' sense of smell is thousands of times better than ours; their hearing range is far wider; and they can taste a teaspoon of sugar diluted in thousands of gallons of water. Scientists across the world have acknowledged their capabilities and the sharp-nosed breeds are employed to recognize diseases. Some researchers have even reported that dogs can even smell fear.
With the negative thoughts, out of our ignorance, when we walk towards the dogs in an apprehensive manner, they are smart enough to know that we are scared. People experiencing fear and many other emotions give off distinct odors, and although these might not be smelly enough to be picked up by human noses, they can be detected by dogs. When it comes to fear, we sweat because we are under stress, and dogs can smell this. And if we are just a bit nervous, adrenaline will still pump through us. While this adrenaline is unscented to us, it can be detected by a dog. Thus our fear can be perceived by the dog as a threat and it attacks in self defense. When we walk in a normal manner, without any evil intentions or fear, the dog seldom attacks us, unless it is a rabid dog which is very dangerous but shows clear symptoms of madness.
The dog population has increased at an alarming pace and in some areas human to dog ratio is alarmingly high. The experts have suggested sterilization and some have also advocated poisoning. This has invited a sharp reaction from the animal rights activists. Even some people have doubted the efficacy of sterilization arguing that, would a dog stop biting after sterilization? Thus there has been a lengthy debate over this vexatious issue. But within the status quo, some tips can definitely minimize dog attacks, the most important among them being to act confidently.
Next time if you see a normal dog (not a rabid one which has clear symptoms) in your way, approach it without any evil intention or without any hesitation as if you have ignored it and then see the results. Unfortunately in the present status quo of abnormal dog numbers we cannot teach small kids to be confident, but the adults can approach them confidently, of course, in their own interest!
Feedback at zubi744@rediffmail.com

Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST

  • del.icio.us
  • StumbleUpon
  • Digg
  • TwitThis
  • Mixx
  • Technorati
  • Facebook
  • NewsVine
  • Reddit
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • YahooMyWeb
  • Print News

Enter the Security code exactly as you see it in the image security code is CaSe SeNsItIvE(Cookies must be enabled)

  • Kashmir

Tabinda Gani Case: 5 yrs on, family awaits justice

‘Rapists Should Be Hanged Without Any Leniency Whatsoever’


(Langate) Handwara, Jan 14: For the more than five years, the family of 14-year-old Tabinda Gani, who was allegedly raped and murdered here, is awaiting justice: punishment to the culprits. Tabinda More

  • Srinagar City

Police accused of harassment at Old Barzulla

Aggrieved family stages sit-in at Press Enclave

Srinagar, Jan 14: Alleged harassment by police at Old Barzulla triggered massive protest here on late Monday evening. Police has taken cognizance of the matter and assured to look into the allegations More

  • Jammu

Omar reviews status, says BDC elections soon



Jammu, Jan 14: Indicating that elections to the Block Development Council of Panchayats would be held in next few weeks, the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Monday reaffirmed his government’s “sincere commitment More

  • South Asia

Pak PM sacks Balochistan govt after brutal killings


Islamabad/Karachi, Jan 14: Yielding to protests over the killing of nearly 100 persons in Quetta, Pakistan Premier Raja Pervez Ashraf today sacked Balochistan government and imposed Governor's Rule in More

  • Bandipora

Kaloosa Bridge misses 6th deadline, ERA fails to keep promise

Bandipora, Jan 14: Even after many assurances from the authorities, Kaloosa bridge-vital link connecting Bandipora with Sopore has missed the sixth deadline. The work going on the bridge at snail More

  • GK Features

‘Tell us, where is our son?’

Eight years after his disappearance,Shabir’s ailing parents live in misery



“We don’t want to talk about our son,” the ailing mother of Shabir Ahmad Dar,who disappeared eight years ago, says at the door of their modest two-room home in Noorbagh, Qamarwari. “We’re tired of giving More

Designed Developed and Maintaned By Imobisoft Ltd /Algosol Software Solutions