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04-27-2014 09:31 PM
Originally Posted by SunCzarina View Post
2 calls to animal control, nothing gets done, go up the food chain!
Agree and I would engage whoever you need to!
04-27-2014 07:52 PM
ZoeD1217 Something like this maybe

For talking to kids in the event AC doesn't help. At least for older kids. I showed two of mine a few of the dog bite photos (not all) just so they understand it's a serious matter. They think of Zoe and her puppy bites... that at the very worst leave a small scratch. I want them to realize not all dogs bite like Zoe.

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04-27-2014 07:43 PM
gsdsar It's a tough call. The best thing for a scared kid to do is drop low and cover their neck and not move or scream.

I will never suggest getting a young child to "stand up to " an aggressive dog. Just won't. Kids don't have the power to be truly threatening. So being still and not engaging are best.

If they are older kids, say 12-18, then teaching them how to "move into" a dog may work. But honestly. Being as non threatening as possible is best. No eye contact, no talk, no touch, stay still.

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04-27-2014 07:29 PM
SunCzarina 2 calls to animal control, nothing gets done, go up the food chain!
04-27-2014 07:09 PM
wolfy dog You could call AC and just ask them advice on how to handle the situation. This way they know but you didn't turn them in (yet).
If the owners are approachable you could tell them that you are worried about their dog and ask them how they can help the kids stay safe and see their response. If that is not good, it's back to AC.
04-27-2014 05:58 PM
SunCzarina We had a bully breed in the yard behind us for a while - lived with the type of people who'd get a new pup every fall and by january it was turned out in the yard where they'd try to use my dogs to exercise it. Then it would run away or get hit by a car or confiscated by animal control by the end of summer so they'd get a new puppy. Not good people but the time I tried to talk to the mother about her dogs harassing mine she said 'It don't matter. That your yard. Dis is mine'. Not really when you're a renter and thankfully they moved!

Anyway back to the bully. It was outside all last feburary tearing the fenceweave out of my fence and terrorizing my kids with it's barking and bloody nose. I had pictures of it eating my fence and video. Animal control came out and issued them a $25 nuisance dog ticket.

It didn't stop. I called the mayors office and got a sympathetic secretary who's child had been bitten by a pitbull. Told her I'm not getting any response out of A/C because the guy says he's too busy working on dog bite cases. Sent her the video. She called animal control and suddenly poof the dog went to prov animal rescue league.
04-27-2014 05:22 PM
glowingtoadfly Super G's advice to be a tree is what Doggone Safe advises children to do. I took the course :-)
04-27-2014 05:16 PM
SuperG Turning, running and screaming is a guarantee to get run down and bitten/mauled. Standing in place, no eye contact and, try and teach this to kids..much less adults..when a large dog is charging at you....good luck... It would take a cool operator to stand in there calmly, most wouldn't be able to ...even if it is the proper method to practice.

I'd evaluate the situation and be realistic as to the capabilities and capacities of the kids and go forth with your plan. My guess is, it would be best to have the kids simply leave the area as soon as they see this particular dog rather than a wait and see mentality. Having options is the name of the game....never give up your options willingly....unless there is a better one.

04-27-2014 05:04 PM
Chip18 Best advice is animal control and avoidance what ever that takes!

That dog sounds like bad news! K9 unit sounds like a good idea, they might be able to at least scare the crap out of the owner?

Other advice is to always remain calm and face the dog down, I'm willing to "engage" if it gets down to it. Arming the kid with bear spray would be more practical, turning and running if they are close to safety could work but your not going to out run a dog for any distance!

Putting "heat" on the owner is the best advice!!!!
04-27-2014 04:58 PM
glowingtoadfly Doggone Safe has a course for children on dog bite prevention.
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