How to Prevent Coyote Attacks on Dogs

by Sarah Dray
    Never trust a friendly coyote.

    Never trust a friendly coyote.

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    Coyotes roaming your area? Fido might be at risk unless you keep a watchful eye out for him. Although coyotes can attack dogs of all sizes, a toy poodle is a lot more tempting than a German shepherd. Don't think your yard is safe either -- a coyote on a mission will get to your dog, no matter where he is.

    Step 1

    Shoo a coyote away if you see it approaching your yard. No matter how friendly or innocent he looks, coyotes are opportunist killers, which means they might wait around doing seemingly nothing right until the second before they attack.

    Step 2

    Keep Fido inside at night. No ifs or buts about this. Coyotes hunt during both the day and night, but they might be more careful about approaching your property during the day, when they can be easily spotted. At night, it's all fair game.

    Step 3

    Get a short leash for Fido. You want to keep your furry friend close to you if you live in an area where coyotes roam. This is especially important if you have a brave dog who might be up for the challenge if he sees a coyote -- or if you have a less-than-smart one who's looking at a coyote and thinking "Hey, playmate!" Don't run when confronted with a coyote -- this might be a signal to attack.

    Step 4

    Put up a fence or build a wall around your yard. And not a tiny, flimsy fence either, as coyotes are actually good jumpers -- make sure the fence is at least six feet tall. Go the extra mile at put up some extenders facing outward at the top of the wall or fence. Walls might be even better, as coyotes can't see what's on the other side

    Warning

    • Don't leave anything in the yard that might attract coyotes to your property -- bird feeders, pet food, open trash containers and other appealing things can "invite" coyotes to come around.

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    About the Author

    Sarah Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including "Woman's Day," "Marie Claire," "Adirondack Life" and "Self." She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.

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