If your home is surrounded by a wooded area, you should really give some thought to protecting your dog from bear attacks. You may think that your home is safe and that bears will never come into your yard, but you’d be wrong. As more and more wooded areas are cut down, bears are being forced to venture into neighborhoods in search of food. Fortunately, there are ways for you to protect your dog from a bear attack.
How to Protect Your Dog from a Bear Attack #1: Never Leave Pets Unattended
Many dog owners are guilty of letting their pets outside, for quick bathroom breaks, and leaving them unattended. You may think that your dog will be perfectly safe, but you may be setting your pet up for a bear attack. Whenever you let your dog outside, be sure to always go with them and never let them out of your sight.
How to Protect Your Dog from a Bear Attack #2: Always Have Your Pet on a Leash
Dogs are very protective of their territory. This means that even the smallest of dogs will be tempted to chase after animals that enter their yard. Whenever you take your dog outside, be sure to have them on a leash. This will help protect your dog from a bear attack by making sure they can’t chase after the bear.
How to Protect Your Dog from a Bear Attack #3: Build a Strong Fence
If your dog stays outside, which I don’t recommend, you will want to build a strong fence around your yard. If you simply chain your pet up in the backyard, you will not be able to protect your dog from a bear attack, plus your pet will not be able to escape from an attack.
How to Protect Your Dog from a Bear Attack #4: Remove Bird Feeders
Birds aren’t the only ones attracted to bird feeders. If you want to protect your dog from a bear attack, you need to remove all the bird feeders from your yard. You should also remove squirrel feeders as well. If you think it might attract bears, you will need to remove it.
How to Protect Your Dog from a Bear Attack #5: Don’t Leave Food Outside
I have noticed that some owners use a pet food dispenser for their outdoor pets. This is a bad idea for many different reasons. First of all, the food doesn’t stay fresh. Second, these owners rarely go outside to play with their pets. Pets are not accessories for your yard. Pets need love too. Also, this abundance of food will attract other animals to your yard. If you want to protect your dog from a bear attack, and give them the attention that they deserve, feed them daily, rather than weekly.
How to Protect Your Dog from a Bear Attack #6: Stop Feeding Strays
You may be tempted to feed the local stray, but leaving food out will attract more than the local stray. It will also attract wildlife like opossums, bears, and mice. If you want to protect your dog from bear attacks, take the strays to your local no-kill animal shelter.
How to Protect Your Dog from a Bear Attack #7: Buy a Sturdy Trash Can
Cheap metal trash cans will attract wildlife, because of the odors that escape from the can. When you buy a sturdy trash can, you not only keep your backyard smelling fresh, but you also protect your dog from bear attacks.
How to Protect Your Dog from a Bear Attack #8: Alert the Authorities
If you ever see a bear in your area, contact the authorities immediately. Not only should you worry about your animals, but you should also worry about protecting other pets from bear attacks as well. By alerting authorities you will help prevent anyone from being hurt in a bear attack.