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Old 12-11-2012, 11:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Kudos to Kira! It could have been ugly..

Took Kira for a nice evening walk. Along the way, 2 pugs come running from the side of someone's house, barking, and looking for trouble.
The dogs get to about 20 feet, and see Kira get into an aggressive stance, growling with hackles up. I immediately yelled " leave it", and she stopped, and just turned to look at me. The two pugs continued to pursue, and barked right under Kira's nose. Again, I reminded her "leeeave it", and she stood there like a statue until the owner came over and took her dogs.

Kudos to Kira!!!

That was a tragedy about to happen.



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Old 12-12-2012, 12:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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That's wonderful. It's nice to see all your training does pay off. Hope her ear issue is a thing of the past.
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Good Job...I'm sure you were a nervous wreck, but obviously that didn't come across in your leave it
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Old 12-12-2012, 01:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Good dog!

But what about her safety if the two little dogs had not stopped but just came coming and latched on to her? Even though small they could have certainly done some significant damage to Kira.

I am not sure what I would have told my dog if two small dogs came running at us off lead?

tough decision!

Glad it turned out well for both of you.
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Good dog!

But what about her safety if the two little dogs had not stopped but just came coming and latched on to her? Even though small they could have certainly done some significant damage to Kira.

I am not sure what I would have told my dog if two small dogs came running at us off lead?

tough decision!

Glad it turned out well for both of you.
Absolutely right.
As they were running over, I said to myself " now what?
I felt that by taking the initiative and stopping Kira from lunging at them, and also keeping myself in between the dogs as much as possible, I avoided as much as I could.
If the other dogs latched on to her, two things could have happened. Either Kira would've put her "leave it" aside and defended herself, or the dogs would've gotten it from me.
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Having been down a similar road, I always carry a retractable baton with me. I found that there's always a chance of an encounter around here. I swore that the next dog that attempts to sink their teeth into her, will meet their maker.

I no longer have patience for people that don't contain their dogs, and put others in harms way.


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good job Kira She coulda used those pugs for toothpicks
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:56 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Well done Anthony! It makes you proud when all of your training pays off ... too bad the pugs owners aren't quite so responsible!!! BUT, take the high road, and enjoy it!
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:16 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Bigger man than I am...

I wouldn't tell my dog leave it if the dogs were that far away. I'd try to pull mine away but if they got close enough to him and actually lunged/attacked it would be very hard for me to get him off of anything. It's awesome that she listens to you like that though, that is a strange situation for her to be in...her pack is getting "attacked" and she's being told to not do anything.

I'm pretty sure it wouldn't stop mine lol.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Well Kira probably has a good enough head on her shoulders to recognize risk and intent. Dogs rushing up to you does not always equal aggression and does not always mean you or your dog have to use excessive force. While it is unpleasant and rude, a dog and owner who can appropriately manage the issue are nice to read about!

I am not sure dogs who can't breathe, are orthopedically deformed, and whose eyes can pop from the socket are going to be the most tenacious aggressors either.
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:38 AM   #10 (permalink)
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from a different eye , Anthony do you see the level of Kira's arousal and discomfort -- "The dogs get to about 20 feet, and see Kira get into an aggressive stance, growling with hackles up." 20 feet away is a huge distance for her to be sent into the fear-zone . But never mind the dog -- she will be this way -- what is major in a good way is that YOU stepped up "I immediately yelled " leave it", and she stopped, and just turned to look at me" and provided direction , leadership that Kira needs.
Pugs can't do much , bite or breath . Irresponsible of the owners to put their defenceless dogs at risk .

the only change I would have done is to pre-empt Kira's focus on dogs , that far away , told her LEAVE IT , the moment she looked , and kept on walking with her at heel.
She was allowed to see the dogs from 20 feet away and stay in the same spot for the dogs to be under her nose.
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