I have seen a few posts here about people and their dogs being charged by other dogs while walking. 14-month-old prey-driven, territorial Luther and I have been working with distractions that the nicer weather brings (bicycles, more people, dogs, etc.), but tonight we were charged and I did it all wrong!
We have a very large unfenced yard and I was walking Luther on a long line across the front of the property - about 50+ feet from the road. Our neighbor's dogs spotted us and all of a sudden, a Malamute, a GSP, and two Huskies were barking and came charging across the road - right at us in our yard. I told Luther to sit - and he did (Yay Luther!) - but as the dogs came on us, he (and I) lost it. I stepped forward to block them from getting to Luther and told them to go home. I was feeling afraid - and I'm sure Luther sensed that - and he pushed past me barking and lunging at them. So - I was reduced to pulling Luther back while yelling at the dogs to go home. (They finally did)
This was definitely not the picture of an in-control owner and well-trained dog!
I have been working with distractions (bicycles/people/dogs) by asking Luther to heel - or if a really big one - sit and then watch me. He knows "Leave It" for things he's not supposed to be playing with, but I haven't tried to translate this to distractions on walks.
I know this was the big kahuna of distractions - so does this mean we are just not there yet - but will be if we keep working as we are? Is there anything else we can work on - maybe a protocol for what to do when charged by a pack of dogs - counseling or drugs for me to not show fear?
Some of you will probably think I should call Animal Control, but my neighbors are good people who work very hard to keep their pack (there are more of them) in control and on their property (100 acre farm - house directly across the road from ours). The dogs are not bad, but have in the past nipped the occasional jogger/bicyclist - and the owners have responded by doing a really great job of keeping them home and dealing with this for the most part. They are having a problem now with a new dog they rescued who is instigating the others to roam, but are working on it.
Any suggestions much appreciated!