Paula Radcliffe Bitten By Dog While Running

The BBC Reported last week that British athlete Paula Radcliffe was bitten by a dog during a training run in Monaco. The 37-year-old world marathon record holder required hospital treatment because of the damage to her calf.

Every runner has a Dog story, it is like Dogs love having a go at runners.

How to Deal With Dogs When They Chase You While Running

  1. Stare down at the dog before he really starts making his move, even if you have to slow down and/or walk backwards.
  2. Make an effort to move away from his turf or his owner so that he doesn’t feel as threatened while you are asserting your dominance, which is what you are doing in step number 1. Move slowly; you want to discourage the dog from chasing you, and not give it a new game.
  3. Talk to the dog and try to calm it down. I will usually say, “Good puppy” or something like that in a soothing voice to try to calm the dog down and show that I am not a threat. It probably helps that I have a deep voice.
  4. If he makes a break for you, stop and bring your hands, arms and legs in towards your body. If you are a man, put your hands in front of your crotch so that the dog can not bite you there. You want your body to be in a straight line so that there is nothing hanging off of you for the dog to attack and grab hold of. Many dogs are just friendly want to play with you or check you out; I don’t assume that the dog going to bite me until it does, but I also do not want to make it easier for the dog to injure me.
  5. If you are bit by the dog, kick it in the head. If you can, try to kick it below its muzzle on its chin as that will cause the most pain while being the least likely to permanently injure the dog. The goal is to give it one good lick that will teach it not to bite runners in the future and hopefully confusing or hurting it enough to leave you alone in the present. Get away from the dog, and call the game warden or your local sheriff at the first possible convenience.
  6. Start moving away or continue your run depending upon whether the dog just wants to sniff you or is being playful or is still threatening to bite. Unless you were bit, do not move too fast until there is some distance between you and the dog. You can probably out run a dog over the long haul, but in a sprint you are all too likely to lose.

Dog Dealing tips courtesy of run to win.

3 thoughts on “Paula Radcliffe Bitten By Dog While Running

  1. Seb

    Good advice. I have had a variety of dog related running injuries. The worst was when a dog ran sraight at my legs from the side and tripped me. I ended up with road rash all over my hands and knees, the worst though was that I fell on my right arm and shoulder. That was 3 years ago and I am only now able to lift weights without any pain. I sustained worse injuries from being tripped than the time I was hit by a car.

  2. Art

    Great advice. I have also had good luck with a different approach: When a dog starts barking and running toward me, I stop running, face the dog, and loudly say, “NO!” That has stopped every dog that I have tried it with and it stopped them before they got close enough to me to be a threat.

    Finally, if you do get puncture wound from a dog’s teeth (or any animal), see a doctor immediately. The teeth push bad bacteria below the skin. Wounds like that often need antibiotics to heal.

  3. Paul Koks

    Thanks for sharing these tips. A friend of mine was bitten a few years ago.

    I nowadays often encounter dogs when running, so I can definitely use these tips!



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