dealing with creepy guys when running outside?

<p>This guys (when I was walking my dog outside) slowed down in his car next to me and asked me if it was my dog. What an idiot- of course it was. The car was nice yet black and creepy-there were two guys too- i just walked away but what do I do if this happens in college and I am in a bad situation? Two guys can easily stuff me into their car. What should I do? Take self defense? any advice for future times when this happens?</p>

<p>The chances of this happening are low, but it'll help to make sure you stay on "good", well-populated streets. Don't walk your dog in sketchy alleys or in poor neighborhoods that are reputed for crime or anything like that. If there's a fair amount of people around, you'll be fine. If you're really worried, you can consider investing in pepper spray or some self-defense lessons, but that's probably over-doing it unless you're going to college in an especially bad neighborhood.</p>

<p>you're freaking out because someone asked you about your dog?</p>

<p>Ah the era of political correctness, when asking about a dog is a cause for concern, of course judging by your description you had a valid point.</p>

<p>I think you should carry pepper spray, if you're old enough and if it's legal in your country. Otherwise, just keep someone by your side at all times. Whether a female or male, anyone is helpful. This is coming from a victim of sexual assault. </p>

<p>Yes, it started out as an older man who asked what seemed like a harmless question... and initially he seemed harmless and somewhat nice.</p>

<p>Maybe they were helping look for a lost dog and it looked similar.</p>

<p>It is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Those two guys could be looking for trouble but they could have also just been trying to start a conversation. The smart thing to do in a situation like that is always keep your guard up. </p>

<p>Any time you are out walking or running, keep an eye out at the cars that are passing by. Keep checking if anyone is behind you or in any way around. If someone slows down to look at you or if someone is walking near you, make sure to look them right in the eye. If someone is too scared to look another person in the eye then they might make an easy victim because they will be too scared to fight back. Eye contact shows that you have confidence and it shows a possible aggressor that you will defend yourself.</p>

<p>People love to go running and walking with headphones on. It does make the exercise easier to bear but will also mask sounds and keep you unaware. Being fully aware of your surroundings will help to keep you safe.</p>

<p>It is smart to keep the pepper spray handy too.</p>