Taking dogs out with you for hikes is one of the most pleasurable exertions. But remember that sometimes there may be instances where you may have to undergo the troubles of Bears.
Bears can be sighted in most states. Be precautious and vigilant to the surroundings. Don’t ever let your pup move anywhere without you.
Here are some of the measures you could take to safeguard your dog from Bears.
Off-Leash Isn’t an Option
Leaving your dog unleashed when on hikes can put you and your dog in a vicious situation. Even If your dog has mastered off leash training it is never acceptable to leave him unleashed.
Your dog may search for something interesting and could claim his attention towards it. Maybe accidentally he would be sighted by a bear.
Make sure you keep your pooch leashed so that he will not be out of control.
Listen To Your Dog
Be vigilant for your dogs’ signs. He may sometimes alert you that a bear is near before you notice it. Probably your dog may act aggressive or sometimes frightened.
Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on the surrounding and your dog too. This may save your life from vicious situations.
Study About Bear Behaviour
Bears do alert themselves of human interactions. They also attack humans if they see them interacting.
Literally bears are timid animals. They prefer staying alone. Usually they are energetic in dusk and dawn so it’s better you don’t hike in these times.
If your Dog is too small it may attack it first. Bears do not like dogs much.
Mama Bears and Their Cubs
Mama bears are very protective over their cubs, like most animals. It is very important to keep your dog away from the bear cubs, when you sight a mama bear with her baby.
Keep Food in a Container, NOT in a Bag.
When you are on hikes, make sure you use a food container to keep your food.
When you walk or stop somewhere for rest the bears can easily track you because the bear’s sense of smell is hilarious. Make sure you don’t leave any food wrappers on the ground because it can attract bears.
Remember to clean the place after feeding your pup and stay away from trash cans.
Some notes from Yosemite National Park Ranger proves that the smelling sense of a black bear is 7 times greater than the already impressive bloodhound.
Be aware all the times of the surroundings and look around. It is interesting being out with your dog, Often check the surrounding and observe your pooch for you are their protectors!
Inserting a “Bear Bell” on Your Pooch’s Collar
Wear a Bear Bell on your pups collar. It will fright the bear and make it move away before your dog gets too close.
It is a really very easy and a cheap way to protect your pup from bears, and a keen hearing on the Bell sound can help you know where your dog is.
Get to Know the Area
Study about the areas where you are planning to take your dogs. Ask experts or research about bear sightings and wildlife.
Collect some information from people who have been there before and gain compact knowledge.
It will be very useful by gathering information about the place you are intending to take your dog so that you can enjoy and at the same time you can protect your pooch as well.
What Can You Do?
- If the bear notices you
keep your dog close to you plus allow some space for the bear to leave and silently start walking away from that place.
NOTE: The fact that the bears are so sensitive you might have to stand still until the bear is almost out of sight and then start walking, if the bear notices your movement it might come charging back at you.(According to Ipetguides.com)
And you know what will happen:-(
- If the bear doesn’t notice you
silently sneak away without drawing attention.
- If there is no escape
this depends on how you act we recommend you to start making some noises and make sure to avoid eye contact with the bear and slowly allowing some space for the bear to escape
Always be sure you are not letting your dog off leash. It’s FINE to leave your pooch at home with a dog sitter if you feel that he will not act accordingly if you take him outside.
Lookout for surroundings and be vigilant. Don’t ever leave food scraps down or open.
You are the protectors of your dog similar to parents. So make sure you take measures to protect him and safeguard as well.