Although this video cuts down the long transformation to just a few short minutes, rescuing a stray dog takes a great deal of care and patience, especially at the start.
If you ever come across a shaken dog who needs shelter or medical attention, there are two things you should know before approaching the dog, according to Kimmerer. First, let the dog come to you. Since you don't know what abuse or neglect this dog has endured, the best way to know a dog is comfortable with your presence is by allowing him or her to make the first move.
Second, don't just look calm, actually remain calm. "Your sweat changes when you're scared, so they can smell that on you," she noted. It's important to breathe slowly and avoid holding unwanted eye contact with the dog. By using this body language, you'll communicate that you're confident, yet non-threatening. Hopefully the dog will realize you're there to help.
If you're still unsure about how to tell a stray dog you're there to help, call your local shelter or animal control. There are people just like Kimmerer who rescue dogs every day and know how to calm the nerves of frightened dogs.
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