At one of my previous jobs, I was mostly in yards and rarely inside houses. Therefore, I carried a "dog stick" to fend off any aggressive dogs that I could potentially encounter. But I'm pretty sure that I never had any training on how to deal with this sort of situation.
I know it's silly, but I swear, this tortoise has record setting speeds...or at least it seemed that way. ;) The lady that came into the yard did tell me that he DOES bite, so I am glad I kept away from him!
And yes, I did call it a turtle at the end. It was a wacky situation and I just wanted to get the tortoise out of my way so I could do my job! One sure thing about having a job that takes you into peoples homes and yards is that you never know what you're going to come across. It's a surprise every time!