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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-24-2012, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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What to do when dogs charge your dog?

We live on a ranch with 10 dogs (only 2 are ours) and when I take Ruger for his walks occasionally we get charged by some of the other dogs. They run up to us barking like crazy. So I just step between me and my puppy and tell the dogs "ah ah"

They have been introduced one dog at a time and they have all done well. However, when it is the pack all together they try to gang up. They have also been known to attack other dogs...needless to say, I am not a fan of these dogs.

The breeds that make up this menagerie are aussies, heelers, catahoula, border collie, and now my GSD. They are friendly to me, but when my family visits I tell them not to try to pet any of them. A perfect example of not training and socializing the dogs you bring home.

I guess my question is more what can I do to train them not to do this. I know they are not my dogs, but maybe if I could give treats or something? I'm pretty effective stopping them, but I would rather them not do it at all especially with my puppy.

Advice from those of you with large packs would be helpful.

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Hi Cowgirl!

I love the name Ruger! . I don't have a large pack. I only have 2 dogs myself but
This whole scenario scares me to death!

IMO, Knowing that 8 other dogs have charged you and your dogs, AND bitten others, already ... I think this is an extremely dangerous position for you and your dogs to be in.

As for training someone elses dogs...I'm not sure you can train them properly; maybe some other forum members might have advice on that.

I have seen where a group of dogs can go from curious to ferocious in a millisecond ! Sometimes all it takes is one dog to start the aggression and the rest of the pack joins in. ( Hence the phrase , "pack mentality")

Trying to break up a fight with just 2 dogs is hard enough...I can't imagine this!

Is there anyway possible that you can walk your dogs somewhere else? Please be careful!

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I'd start carrying some spray or other form of protection. I don't think you can really 'train' them to do much other than avoid you because you might spray them with something. You could try using a fog horn or something to scare them off. It just sounds like a really bad situation waiting to happen..

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Citronella dog repellent spray. I use one called Spray Shield. It doesn't harm the dog but is incredibly unpleasant to them. A few sprays in the face should teach them to keep their distance.


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I like the citronella spray idea...and I should clarify not all 8 of the dogs charge. At the most it is 4 and only when their ring leader (a mini aussie) is around otherwise they ignore us.

When he gets older we will walk other places. I live a mile from Delaney Buttes which is excellent hiking.

It still is frightening at the time and I think I will try the spray.

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Since you're on a ranch you must have access to a cattle paddle- if not I'd get one and use it to block the pack. Stand in front of your dog with the paddle, give a firm NO and don't let them get any closer.
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