Keeping Your Dog Safe From Coyotes

January 15, 2018

1. do not feed coyotes or any other wildlife.

At the end of the day, coyotes, like any other living creature, are simply trying to survive. If you establish your property as a source of food, they will continue to return. It’s that simple. If you compost, it is important to ensure that your compost bin is securely locked. Refrain from composting meat or meat by-products, as this scent is extremely appealing to coyotes.

2. Avoid off-leash walks in high-risk areas.

We know that your dog enjoys his or her walks far more without that pesky leash, but walking on leash can literally safe your dog’s life. Most coyotes are afraid of humans, and your close presence will often be enough to prevent an attack. If your dog is off-leash, he or she becomes a far easier target. Your dog can run a lot faster than you can, and, if a situation were to arise, both your dog and the coyotes would be long gone before you had the chance to step in.

3. Pick up that poop!

The scent of your dog’s poop can attract coyotes. Be sure to regularly maintain your yard.

4. Always be there.

If you live in a high-risk area, never let your dog into the backyard unattended. It is your job as a paw-rent to supervise your dog and ensure that he or she is safe at all times.

5. Build a fence.

A really high fence. Coyotes are expert climbers, and a coyote-proof fence should be at least 8 feet in height, extending a minimum of 12 inches underground to prevent underground entry. Be sure to ask your contractor to choose a material that is difficult for coyotes to climb. Please remember that using an invisible fence on your property may keep your dog in, but it does nothing to keep danger out.

6. Stay Calm

If you encounter a coyote while with your dog, do not run. Running will do nothing but cause the coyote to chase you, and we’re going to go out on a limb and say that they’re faster. Instead, make yourself look as large and intimidating as possible. Shout aggressively at the coyote. Wave your arms. Stomp your feet. If there is something that you can throw- throw it. Bringing a whistle or air horn with you on walks is always a good idea.

If you encounter a coyote who doesn’t seem to notice you, move away quietly without turning your back to the coyote.

7. Stick to lighted areas, or carry your own light source.

Coyote attacks are less likely in well-lit areas. If walking your dog on a well-lit area or path is not possible, carry a flashlight with you and keep it on at all times.

8. Clean up your garden.

Keep your yard free from overgrown shrubs or fallen branches, as this creates an ideal habitat for coyotes. A coyote will not want to spend time in an environment where there is nowhere for them to hide.

9. Report any sightings.

If you encounter a coyote, be sure to report the incident to your local authorities if they become a menace, and definitely notify and warn neighbors. Keeping track of sightings helps monitor where the coyotes are traveling, and can help other dog owners stay safe!

10. Spread the word!

Share these strategies with any dog-owners in your life so that we can all keep ourselves, and our dogs, safe and sound!