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12-20-2012 02:11 PM
gotahaveaGSD I had something like this happen to me and my GSD maya last week at a petco. I walked in and a small mixed bread dog charged us as soon as we entered the store and maya "answered back" and the lady just about had a hart attack. She looked at me as if were my dog that started it.

It drives me crazy that people let there little breed dog do just about anything it wants to without correction and just think its funny. If we would let our GSD's do the same thing we would be in court definding our dogs life.
12-18-2012 12:07 PM
JohnD I used to think that people who let their dogs run lose were either rude, lazy, non caring, etc...
But one day a few months ago my youngest son left a door open to our house to
go and say hi to a friend, when my dog ran outside...

She ran out barking at another dog...She really looked and sounded scary...
Thank God she just wanted to play and the other leashed dog owners were very kind about it..

So lesson learned.....Accidents can happen and i will not be so judgmental...haha..

Now i keep a few treats just in case...Also i look at it as a learning experience for my dog. Most of the time the 2 dogs are fine and just want to play..

Funny growing up most EVERY family who had a dog used to just let it out to do their business...Most dogs just ran wild..haha..No problems back in the day..

Now we are all horrified when we see a lose dog. haha..
12-18-2012 12:07 PM
Originally Posted by codmaster View Post
BTW short swift kicks are a lot more effective than long punt like kicks!
I find the little dog flip very effective. Taking your foot, hooking them underneath and giving a little fling with your foot, will set them sailing. With some dogs, after they've lost their footing, will flee.

Personally, I would rather kick their owner for allowing their dogs to run amuck. But sadly, it's against the law.
12-18-2012 11:33 AM
Ageizm I too have experienced the little terror's charging my boy, I just charge straight towards the little dogs, and they turn and run when they see me coming straight for them lol. As far as big dogs I've only had one charge at us, and I did the same thing I did to the little dog, he didn't run but stopped dead in his tracks and focused on me, at which point so do I. Then I proceeded with my walk while keeping a firm "don't you dare" look on the big dog. I never use my voice on other people's animals as don't expect them to acknowledge it anyway.

I'm not afraid of dogs though and can remain calm while it's happening, so I don't know how others might handle a larger charging dog, as most I assume might panic, but the little ones? Just stomp right towards them, and they'll scatter, then keep it moving.

The little dog's in my hood haven't charged since.

Oh and Barack just wags his tail during all of these encounters and struts off with me... he knows he's with the "biggest dog" of'em all!
12-18-2012 11:11 AM
Zisso I used to always have troubles with little dogs too.

Where I live now every one has a dog, and they are often in the back of trucks laying down out of sight till we walk by, then they pop up out of nowhere barking their fools heads off. Due to not knowing they are there is startles me and that travles down the leash. There are enough off leash dog here, that I do not walk in the neighborhood. That would be a recipe for disaster!
12-18-2012 11:01 AM
Wild Wolf
Originally Posted by arycrest View Post
I'd rather be known as the mean old neighbor lady than have any loose dog harassing my dog ... my first allegiance is to protecting my dog.
12-18-2012 10:56 AM
Originally Posted by starburst View Post
Oh, I did tell them all of the above but I mean, what do I do physically to stop the small dog from getting at my dog short of kicking it ?

Punch it?

Seriously, the little dogs can be a large problem - I surely wouldn't let my dog get bit by some lunatic dog!

Esp. with a puppy - stay between your dog and the other dog. And if it seems like you can't block them - kick away. Protect your baby!

BTW short swift kicks are a lot more effective than long punt like kicks!
12-18-2012 10:32 AM
Mrs.P There are three little dogs that are ALWAYS out running near their homes collarless and unsupervised. Very dangerous for them! I've talked to my neighbor who has a very nice Bernese and experienced the same problem and she has call AC numerous times -but no resolution. Fortunately, they are not aggressive and honestly I think they just want attention although I ignore them.

But what I do with Enzo is before we approach the area where they are I do a quick obedience session sit, down, sit, stand, down, look-at-me ect basic commands he has down so his attention is on me already before we enter little dog area. And as we begin to walk I ask for eye contact and feed feed feed as we walk through the little dog. I think this works for us because Enzo is always hungry before walks and the little dogs aren't aggressive or barking at him. I will also do this before we approach a home where there are "yard dogs" at the fence that bark at everything. Good luck! I just feel bad for these little guys since it seems their owners don't worry about their well-being during the day. :/

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12-18-2012 09:52 AM
bigd3077 Little dogs are the worst. The only ones that bark at my dog as well. She is good though and usually ignores them.
12-18-2012 09:38 AM
starburst Thanks the great advice, I will get some of her favorite treats out and work on distracting her next time.
She is very driven by her snacks so it should be just fine.

Lillie nailed it, I am trying to avoid her being reactive by staying calm myself.
I just wish people realized the danger they are putting their small dogs in by having them running around loose all over the place.

Also I just wanted to add that while I don't generally care what people think, I run a licensed daycare from my home and everybody in this little town knows everybody.
Me telling people off would hurt my business lol
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