|09-13-2013 04:20 PM|
|Msmaria||this is exactly why I want bear mace. I cant walk my dogs in my own neighborhood because we have pit bulls everywhere. (LA County). Its sad. I have to drive them 30 miles round trip to the dog park or get in the car and drive them up to the trail. With it getting dark soon, I dont know what I will do because I work until 6pm. Im thinking of hiring a dog walker and letting them know not to walk them in the area. (i've been her less than a year) where I lived before was a great area to walk my dogs.|
|09-13-2013 02:34 PM|
Just an update. Its been a week or so know since the terrible event. But I now always carry mace with me on walks but we havnt seen that dog since. Zima is still a little afraid near that area but she is gaining confidence.
Also how can I have her no pull so much when she knows we are on our way back home? Near the end of walks she knows we are going home and she tries to make me run with her home.
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|08-29-2013 09:26 AM|
I've not had to deal with this so I have limited experience. Would giving your dog more control, giving it the leash, help? My dog is at the end of the leash, if I'm trying to drag it away its not going to be able to do much except fight me and the other dog. It won't be able to move around to get a better position on the charging dog.
Having dropped my leash my hand are free so I can also take action. My attention is also freed up so I can think.
I'd also think that being dressed in a fashion that allows me to respond to the situation appropriately isn't a bad idea. Wearing your Bruno Malle shoes for a dog walk is probably a poor choice. A nice pair of boots or running shoes have the benefit that if its necessary to deliver a monkey stomping to something that attacks your dog you don't have to worry about messing them up.
|08-29-2013 09:04 AM|
There's a neighbor dog here that attacked my gsd twice. The first time my pup was only 2 months old so small enough for me to pick up and protect. The next was at 8 months. My dog was on a leash and hers was not (as she always walks him on the street that way). The neighbor dog came charging at us. As he was biting at my dog's neck, the neighbor called her dog off. She apologized verbally and then sent an email explaining that her dog is now acting fearful since being attacked by another dog. It seems obvious that a dog with fear aggression should not be walked without a leash like this one is every time. Obvious to everyone except the dog owner.
Since the attack, I've researched many of the dog deterrent sprays and was hopeful about "Halt", the one many mail carriers have. I read pages of product reviews and unfortunately, Halt does not sound like an effective solution. I'm still on the lookout for something to deter but not injure an attacking dog.
|08-29-2013 01:28 AM|
If you do use a spray like the other member suggested, please note that bear spray and personal pepper spray is like a fire hose vs a garden hose. Not exactly ideal for something less than 10 yards away. Counter Strike is the best stuff you can get and is made about 50 miles away from me in Kalispell Montana. They sell a training device so you know what you are getting into.
Back blast area clear!
|08-28-2013 12:05 PM|
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|08-28-2013 08:43 AM|
|ten3zro||Walk in an area where it's less likely to encounter another animal, and if that's not possible carry something to ward off those attacks - big stick, bear spray, etc. Assume most people are idiots who shouldn't be allowed to own pets and be prepared. This used to happen to me all the time - I'd be walking my two GSDs and someone would decide to open their front door and let the dog out- it would inevitably come racing towards mine. I would stand in front of my dogs and keep them behind me and yell at the approaching dog to go away, and then chew out the idiot owner. Some owners were offended but that's their problem not mine. I was more concerned about my dogs then hurting someone's feelings or making friends with idiot neighbors. Bottom line - it's YOUR responsibility to keep your dog safe and if you fail to do that your dog will learn to protect itself instead of relying on you and this will create problems for you.|
|08-28-2013 08:36 AM|
|08-28-2013 03:26 AM|
If the dog looked like a pit bull or any type of bully breed, I guarantee you that if it was an actual attack, she wouldn't have escaped without injury.
That being said, I agree with carrying protection against dog attacks.
As uncommon as they may or may not be, I would rather needlessly have protection than think it'd never happen and my dog get injured or killed.
|08-28-2013 02:34 AM|
How did your neighbor's dog attack your pup? Did the neighbor's dog even touch your pup? It sounds like all it did was approach.
I wouldn't call animal control. It sounds like the neighbor knew they made a mistake and intervened very quickly before there were any injuries. I would only call animal control if my dog was injured or if they were repeat offenders or if they somehow thought they had the god-given right to leave their dog off leash and refused to admit they were at fault.
Perhaps you should visit the neighbor and see if their dog is friendly. Maybe then your dogs could meet under controlled conditions and your dog could get over this frightening event.
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