Report Reactive Dog Walking Nightmare in General Border Collie Discussion Posted January 15, 2014 General PSA: If you ever have to call 911, please tell the dispatcher that 1) you have dogs, 2) they are or are not contained, and 3) ESPECIALLY if one or more my be reactive, and what the reaction might be. Remember that an emergency is a high-stress situation, and a bunch of strangers flying into your house fussing over you can set off even the mellowest of dogs. The dispatcher will relay the information, and your friendly neighborhood EMTs can make a plan. I was very happy for my dog experience and training more than a few times on aid calls. I even once ended up taking the patient's timid, but non-aggressive female BC home with me. (Small rural community, with patient's permission. She turned out to be super sweet, just old and used to things being pretty quiet.) One of our paramedics got bitten by a dog on a call, and that address forever had a "make sure dog is contained" warning before we'd go there. Also, think about who you could call at 3 am to come get your dogs/other pets when you're about to be put in an ambulance. Post the number on the fridge or some other obvious place with instructions. Just about every EMT I've met would call if you are unable to, or will take the info to a hospital with you.