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03-31-2014 12:41 PM
spinkamor Unleashed dog owners are the worst!
My guy is dog-reactive, which we're working on, but it doesn't help when there are yappy dogs charging at us on our walk. I've had to run away from unleashed little dogs barking and chasing us. Then the owners have the audacity to tell me to train my dog and give me dirty looks because my guy starts barking and lunging back.
03-31-2014 11:37 AM
jocoyn Beau gets to where he does an automatic sit when we encounter one. The yapper down the street is most annyoing because I think he would nip at my dog's back end. So we sit. So the owner does not come. I am complaining to the HOA but so have a lot of other folks.

Today, not even any apologies. She was getting ready to leave We just stood there and Beau sat and I stood there looking at her and finally she came got the thing which took several minutes. (A chihuaua; the other one stands and barks but this one likes to come in from behind). I may tell the HOA I will carry a squirt gun of vinegar water. Idiot. They close to the main road and it would not take much.........

I told her I did not like her dog coming up behind my dog and was concerned he might bite my dog.
03-31-2014 10:40 AM
PoukieBear This is a great link! Thanks!

I've only had our dog for just over a week, and we've been attacked TWICE by offleash dogs in the designated ON LEASH dog path next to our house.

The first attack was from a Golden retriver who came charging at us, teeth barred out of nowhere. My dog reacted and chased him off, the interaction only lasted a few seconds, but it was enough to scare me.

The second was with THREE offleash dogs. They bombarded him and he freaked out. He snarled and snapped at them when they tried to dominate him. Thier owner had the nerve to tell me to "muzzle your beast".

I now carry with me a squirt bottle of Vinigar and water. I also carry a small Airhorn to break up a fight if any should break out. AND I carry an extra leash, just in case. I never thought of using it to leash and muzzle an out of control dog until I read the article.

I feel like I'm going into battle every time I go for a walk. It's really sad, I don't want to feel this way, and niether does my dog!
03-25-2014 04:54 PM
Thewretched
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Originally Posted by lokimonster View Post
I bought a riding crop to fend off protective dogs that aren't confined in their yards like they should be... I encounter them often when I ride my horse to a certain set of trails. When having my horse chase them doesn't work, (it does for most!) I hop off and come at them with the crop, I dont have to touch them with it, just the swishy noise usually startles them enough... It always seems to do the trick.
I've started carrying it on walks with my pup and its pretty effective, although i get an occasional disapproving stare from people who are probably thinking I use it for corrections on my own dog... :/

Anyways, I heard about this citronella spray called Petsafe SprayShield and was thinking about ordering it off Amazon and trying that. Its supposed to deter even very aggressive dogs without some of the worries of pepper spray like causing more aggression or having it blow back in your face. Has anyone here tried that stuff?

It is weak and ineffective, for those who think pepper spray has negatives, use GEL MACE, it is a syrup like consistency, more powerful than pepper spray, has a stunning/blinding/pain agent, and UV dye that can help police locate the aggressive dog later. No blow back. And if it's your puppy, do you want to chance it? My chain of events when seeing a aggressive dog is, get in front of my dog. Draw mace. Hand on firearm, if it gets past mace at 30feet, it's taking 2 in the chest.



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03-25-2014 03:07 AM
Chip18 Treats?? Oh that's so cute. Maybe a clicker also?? My first loose dog encounter was a 90 lbs Pitt coming after my 10 week old puppy. He busted out of the house and all I saw was a brown low mass moving fast. I spun my puppy behind me instantly and faced him down!

The owner grabbed the Pit up and took him back in. Pepper spray or a walking stick would have been a nice option but there was no way that dog was getting to my puppy! And he knew I meant business!
But treats..yeah good luck with that!

Much better options are here, lots of us don't screw around!

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...e-leash-5.html
03-25-2014 02:39 AM
KaiserandStella In my opinion:
Using pepper spray is an okay idea (has some negatives)
Compressed air is a so-so idea.
Using an umbrella could work out well.
Grabbing a dog by the legs to stop a fight not a good idea.
Using treats could end badly.
Holding small dog on shoulders could end really badly.
03-24-2014 03:04 PM
misslesleedavis1 Recently i had an agro golden rip out after me and the dogs at the end of my street. He is usually caged rage but this time was out making his way to his moms car when the bad timing happened, so showing all his lovely pearly white pointy teeth he got within 5 feet, i had put all my guys into a sit and i could tell they were ready to rock on this golden who would not of lasted 1 minute with 2 large sheps and i stuck out my hand looked at him and firmly stated "STOP" and he did, he went right home and got in the car, his mom zoomed out to say sorry to me, it was not a big deal but it culd have been.

When dex was a pup (like 10 weeks) i took him on a walk and a golden (not the same one) broke open a screen door and knocked a little girl flying thru the air only to run right up to dex and roll him good and hard, dex was on a leash and i stood there in shock, dex screamed and the goldens owner came out and retrieved the dog, the little girl was screaming crying and was bleeding from hitting the pavement and poor dex had peed himself and was shaking like a leaf. He never got over that dog but also never had problems meeting and getting along with other dogs including goldens.
03-24-2014 02:54 PM
lokimonster I bought a riding crop to fend off protective dogs that aren't confined in their yards like they should be... I encounter them often when I ride my horse to a certain set of trails. When having my horse chase them doesn't work, (it does for most!) I hop off and come at them with the crop, I dont have to touch them with it, just the swishy noise usually startles them enough... It always seems to do the trick.
I've started carrying it on walks with my pup and its pretty effective, although i get an occasional disapproving stare from people who are probably thinking I use it for corrections on my own dog... :/

Anyways, I heard about this citronella spray called Petsafe SprayShield and was thinking about ordering it off Amazon and trying that. Its supposed to deter even very aggressive dogs without some of the worries of pepper spray like causing more aggression or having it blow back in your face. Has anyone here tried that stuff?
03-24-2014 12:46 PM
LeoRose I carry pepper spray, and have had to use it more than once. Ilka is very reactive, so if I see a loose dog, I will try my best to avoid it (been know to add an extra 30 to 45 minutes to a walk just to avoid a dog at times). However, when they come out of nowhere, charging full bore, that's when things get dicey (they are also the ones who will be called in to Animal Services). There are a few dog that we walk past on a fairly regular basis where I pull my spray out "just in case" the dog's chain breaks or it finally decides to jump the fence.
03-24-2014 12:11 PM
Gwenhwyfair Good stuff, but, I don't think I'd try this, unless you've got enough treats to distract the strange dog for long enough to make a calm get away.

Else, you'll have the off leash dog following you for more treats!

(I like the umbrella idea, one of those little 'Tote' brand umbrellas that pop open with the push of a button. I'd just make sure the on leash dog is desensitized to it first else they may bolt around on the end of the leash too)

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If there is no owner at hand and the dog looks friendly, toss a big handful of your dog’s training treats on the ground and, while the dog is scarfing up the treats, just walk away. An overly excited dog can be startled if the handful of treats is tossed right at him. He may hesitate and then discover the treats while you make your escape. - See more at: Dealing with Off-Leash Dogs | EMBRACE
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