There are many different ways to handle animals. Even if you know the animal, it may behave different if the owner is not there. If there is a female in season, a male dog that is normally pleasant, may become defensive and territorial. This is also true of female animals with their young. Even people who handle animals all of the time will eventually be caught off guard and risk injury when handling stray or strange animals. Loose or stray animals should only be handled by their owners or Animal Control.