I just moved into a large building with a lot of dogs. Most of them are friendly and most interactions are perfectly fine. However, there are a few dogs that are a little more aggressive towards mine (my uneducated guess: male aggression especially with him being an un-neutered male and the 3 dogs aggressive towards him are males as well - 3 out of 100+ dogs).
I am asking for advice on how to handle a situation where I come out to the common yard and another dog attacks mine while we are on leash.
My dog is of course perfectly capable of defending himself but I do not need to put him or myself in that situation so I generally avoid the dog runs / parks etc and stick to ourselves and our training / playing is generally just me and him.
Now, in this building we have an enclosed dog run which I avoid like the plague and a front yard which is not a designated off leash area but people will take their dogs out off leash there and management seems to be ok with it.
However I do come out from the front yard and have seen the dogs that shown aggression towards mine off leash in that area and I just want to be prepared (luckily every time I was by myself on my way to work).
So, what would you do if you come out with your dog (your dog is on-leash as you are preparing to walk him) and another rather large dog (great dane, husky, and field lab) attacks yours. Would you drop the leash to give your dog a better chance while you break it up? Would you hold onto the leash to be able to control your dog? Would you put yourself between the two dogs?
My plan: keep the leash in my hand, move my dog behind me if I can, and kick the **** out of the other one if he comes near mine. That's it. But, I am worried about putting my own dog at a disadvantage when the other dog attacks since he can't run/fight/move with the leash restraining him.
I just want to be prepared is all. And I know this sounds like a high school / childish question to ask but I want to be ready and do the best I can in keeping everyone out of harm's way if the situation occurs.
Thanks everyone for the advice.
It sounds like you know what dogs are aggressive to yours already. Your half way there already. I live in an area where there are some aggressive dogs and sometimes they get loose. I find that being very vigil of my surroundings and what's going on around me is a big part of all around safety for myself and my pooch. I know where the aggressive dogs reside in what areas of my neighborhood. I adjust my path accordingly and stay vigil.
For you it sounds like you have a common area you take your dogs. I'd say and ounce of prevention goes a long way. In other words, I would avoid the common area if those aggressive dogs are around. Come back later or go earlier. I don't think any ones truly ready when that moment comes. It can be nerve racking and scary at the same time.
My most recent incident......
I have a guy in the neighborhood who is also a GSD lover. Much like myself. He has a great looking GSD and while out before have met socially. Cruz my GSD was still a youngster, but his dog was over a year old last summer. Well, fast forward to two weeks ago. Cruz is around 98 lbs. now. He tall and long. This guys dog hasn't seen Cruz in awhile. A couple weeks ago we were walking during the middle of the day down this guys side of the street. I know where this other GSD lives and will often cross the street as he seems territorial a little bit, just didn't know how much. But I try to avoid at all costs. But he shouldn't be out in the middle of the day right? Well as soon as we get to their driveway, the garage door of his house goes up and an equally large GSD comes running out at us. What do you do? What did I do? I got Cruz behind me and stood between him and Cruz. Of course Cruz wanted in front of me. I was fighting to keep Cruz behind and him in front because I know if they both hooked up, it wouldn't have ended pretty. We basically stood our ground and it was enough to keep the other GSD at bay until his owner got him under control. Had he come on anyways, my next move would have been a foot in his side in the ribs hard. But the owner who I know was on it and got control of his dog.
Thing is, if I had followed my usual course of passing their house across the street, this would never have happened. We have passed their house before, and his dog was off leash. He would just stand in the garage door and stair. That's it. I don't blame his dog. He was doing his job protecting his yard.
Situational awareness. It can go a long ways for you. Prevention should always be first and foremost. That's just how I see it. I have yet to have to break up a dog fight. I've seen some and they can be brutal and hard to break up. Usually the people breaking it up wind up getting bit. So that why I try avoidance first. If those dogs are truly aggressive, I would avoid them if at all possible.