Dogs And Raccoons: [What To Know]

Dogs are loving and loyal. As a dog owner, you’ll never have to worry about being lonely. However, they’re a lot of responsibility and you have to pay close attention to them at all times.

If your dog sees another animal, it may become exciting causing the dog to chase the animal in question. This is a common problem with dogs and raccoons. Dogs love chasing animals and they’ll chase all types of animals. This includes raccoons.

If you’re unlucky, your dog may get into a scuffle with a raccoon. Within this guide, you’re going to find out what you should do if that happens.

Are Raccoons Afraid Of Dogs

Dogs And Raccoons

Your dog isn’t vicious. You understand this. But, you also understand that your dog sounds vicious. When he is barking, he sounds mean and violent. Well, raccoons are going to be afraid of your dog because of their scary bark.

Furthermore, a lot of dogs are bigger than the average raccoon so their size is going to make a difference too. If a raccoon sees your dog running in his direction, it is going to do its best to get away from his attacker.

It is believed that raccoons will be afraid of dogs. A dog’s vicious bark will send a shiver of fear through the animal’s body.

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Will Raccoons Attack Dogs

If your dog is frightened by a raccoon, you know he or she is going to fight back. You have to expect a raccoon to do the same. A raccoon will try to defend itself. However, raccoon attacks are very rare.

Raccoons rarely attack dogs or humans. Nevertheless, there is always a possibility that it is going to happen. If your dog gets too close to the raccoon, it may get attacked. But, it is more likely that the raccoon is going to run in the other direction.

There have been raccoon attacks on dogs but they’re very rare so you shouldn’t have to worry about it too much. If your dog is attacked, you’ll want to get him medical assistance immediately.

More about that will be provided below.

What To Do If Your Dog Attacks A Raccoon

While you’ve trained your dog thoroughly, he still may attack another animal. His wild instincts may return causing the dog to lunge in the raccoon’s direction. If this happens, you need to know how to handle the problem.

The best actions to take depend on what is happening. If the scuffle is ongoing, you’ll want to stop that as quickly as possible. To do so effectively, you’ll want to pull the raccoon. Don’t try to pull the dog away from the raccoon.

Furthermore, you’ll need to make sure that you’re wearing protective clothing. You don’t want to get bit or scratched so you should protect yourself to the fullest.

Grab the raccoon and throw it in the opposite direction before quickly grabbing your dog and keeping him away from the wounded animal. The problem with raccoons is that they’re not going to back down from a fight.

Once it starts, they’ll be there until the finish. Try to stay out of the fight unless you’re wearing protective gear. If you are, you can try separating the animals. If you have no protection, you should grab your pooch and try to run for it.

Alternatively, you can try dissuading the coon.

With a little luck, you’ll be able to convince the raccoon to take off in the opposite direction. After this, you’ll want to check your dog carefully to make sure he is not seriously wounded. If he is, you’ll need to take him to the vet.

Even if the wound is minor, you should still get him professional help. That small wound could get infected or it might lead to the dog developing a nasty disease. Don’t delay taking your dog to the vet.

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Dog Bit By Raccoon But He Is Vaccinated

If your dog has received a rabies vaccine, you won’t have to worry about a raccoon bite too much. Nevertheless, problems may occur. You have to understand that coons may carry and transmit over diseases including roundworms and salmonella.

So, it is still a good idea to get your dog checked by a licensed vet.

Dog Scratched By Raccoon

It cannot be stressed enough that raccoons can be aggressive animals. In fact, it is not uncommon for a raccoon to attack a cat, dog, or other wild animals out of the blue. They will also attack humans if they feel threatened in any way.

However, healthy raccoons are generally not as aggressive as injured and sick raccoons.

When sick raccoons attack humans and domesticate animals, they will sometimes utilize their claws as defense mechanisms. While this may sound harmless, raccoons have very sharp claws and their strength is unimaginable for smaller animals.

Raccoon scratches can be as minor as a paper cut and as severe as a deep gash. It really depends on the situation and if the dog is able to escape.

If this is the case, the dog may be able to escape with only a tiny laceration.

It is important to note that raccoons are strong critters. They utilize their grip for eating, killing small vermin like mice, rats, and frogs, and defense. If a raccoon gets a good grip on your dog, it will probably do some damage.

This is especially true for small breeds, such as chihuahua, teacup poodles, and Shih Tzus. All of these breeds would not have a chance when going up against an aggressive raccoon.

It is crucial to take immediate action if your dog sustains severe injuries related to a raccoon attack. If the scratches are minor, you can cleanse the would and apply antibiotic ointment. If the scratches are severe, a trip to the vet may be in order.

Raccoon claws are vectors for bacteria because they utilize them for digging holes, rummaging through trash, and climbing trees.


If you have an outside dog or inside dog that takes frequent walks outside, it is likely he will encounter a raccoon at some point. This is why it is crucial to expect and prepare for the encounter. Always keep your dog on a leash when visiting public areas.

So, when the encounter occurs, you will have full control, preventing a potential combat encounter, which would not end good for you, your dog, or the raccoon. Public awareness is the only way to help protect dogs from aggressive raccoons.

Brian Koller

Growing up on a farm in eastern PA, I’ve grown fond of wildlife and the woods and learning about the critters and firewood and everything else in-between. I made this site to share my experiences and knowledge.

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