A coyote may appear to be a dog from a distance, but as you get closer to the proximity of the animal, you discover that it is not a dog! One would think coyotes are only roaming wildlife reserves, farms, and forests; however, that is not always the case. Coyotes have been spotted in urban areas as well! With this said, it is crucial to protect your four-legged friend from coyotes. Please see our tips below to learn more.
- Always leash your dog. Some dogs may enjoy walking without a leash, but this can create a huge risk if encountering a coyote. If your dog is off-leash, they become an easier target for a coyote attack.
- Avoid feeding the coyotes. Coyotes are trying to survive just like any other animal. Do not establish your property as a food source because the coyote(s) will return, creating more risks.
- Stay calm. We understand this is easier said than done! If you encounter a coyote with your dog, do not run. Running will inspire the coyote to chase you. Move away from the coyote while keeping an eye out for their location.
- Pick up dog waste. Coyotes have a keen sense of smell. The scent of your dog’s waste can attract them, so ensure you clean up your yard regularly.
- Build a fence. Coyotes can climb, but if you can build a tall fence, it will protect your four-legged friend while they are enjoying the outdoors.
The tips that we mentioned should help you protect your dog from coyotes. Always report sightings of coyotes to your local authorities and spread the word! Share these tips with other dog owners.