Take a self-defense class. Put some OFF! or mace in your pocket. Don't walk around like a victim wannabe.
Sorry, I know I shouldn't be blaming victims. But there are victims, and there are survivors of crime. And survivors are often victims until they wake up one day and say, NO MORE! They own their own power, they park under the streetlight, they keep their keys in their hand, and they walk confidently.
It is odd, but they showed a clip of people walking in a city to a bunch of different inmates of a prison. They all chose the same people to victimize. It does not have to do with size, weight, body type. There are people out there that walk like victims.
What you are doing by going to places that make you feel insecure, is that you are over-riding your common sense and putting yourself into dangerous situations. The first thing you will learn in a self-defense course is not to be there. Don't put yourself in a position where you are likely to be victimized.
Right now that five month old pup can't help you. If you are attacked that dog will be ripped out of your hands and swung up against a wall or over a fence or kicked to death. They cannot protect you. Not at all. Not at that age. The only thing they can do is make noise, and hearing a puppy barking is unlikely to bring the neighborhood to your rescue. Not in crappy neighborhoods.
So if you have to drive to somewhere more populated, or some quaint country village well out of town, then do so to protect yourself and your puppy. In the mean time, go out and get into some real self-defense courses. Don't let yourself become a statistic.
ETA: The most important thing. Walking your dog when you feel insecure will make your dog feel insecure and it will teach your dog that people are scary. The dog will not look insecure, most likely he will look intimidating, barking and growling. And, unfortunately, these dogs are the ones that are likely to bite an old lady with a walker, or a little kid that runs up behind. Please do not teach your dog to be insecure around people. Please don't let your dog become a statistic either.
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Last edited by selzer; 05-08-2014 at 04:12 PM.