I personally wouldn't use a newspaper - too many people use that as punishment so her having one could create some issues. I think pepper spray or something of the sort is just fine. Is there anything like bear spray?? I would also notify your neighbors and/or the owners if the dogs that this is what your daughter is going to be doing so there are no surprises.
I make in scheduled calls - in person - to people's homes and businesses for work and I often run into animals. I carry dog treats in my car!
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