Runner’s Safety

1.  Lose the headphones !!!!

2.  Run towards the direction of traffic to view oncoming vehicles.

3.  Make sure someone knows where you are heading for your run and it’s always a good idea to change the routine up (time, day , location, etc.)

4.  Best “weapon” for defense is a plain whistle. If you chose to bring a defensive weapon with you on your run, be proficient with it by training and strengthening your muscle memory with that weapon.

5.  Remember just because you start an altercation with a weapon doesn’t mean it cannot be taken from you and used against you.

6.  It’s not always the size of the attacker, but the attackers determination to be successful. Be MORE determined to win.

7.  Dogs chase for certain reasons. Prey, drive, and territorial protection are the most common reasons.

8.  Stop running when a dog starts to chase.

9.  NEVER try to outrun a dog. A canine’s stamina and its four legs cannot be defeated.

10.  Avoid eye contact.

11.  Use a high pitched playful voice to talk to the dog.

12. Slowly make an “escape” from the altercation.

13.  Never turn your back on the dog.

14.  If the dog continues to be aggressive and an altercation cannot be avoided look for a weapon or an object to get between you and the dog (lawn chair, fence, vehicle, etc).

15.  If the dog initiates a bite try not to panic and do not attempt to “jerk away” which may cause more damage. Try to get to the dog of its feet by grabbing under the belly and lifting it up. Go for the eyes, testicles, or paws with defense strikes.

16.  Remember that a dog on a leash is not fool proof. Most people do not use leashes correctly and cannot control their dogs. Stop running when approaching a dog on a leash and then continue after passing.

17.  Absolutely avoid any “packs” of dogs. Packs of dogs, like wolf packs, can be extremely lethal and proficient.

Runner’s safety tips courtesy of Putnam County Sherrif’s Deputy, Shane Shamblin.  Be sure to thank your local law enforcement officers for a job well done.