Wednesday I asked the question: “What would you do if an off leash dog attacks your dog?”
For many of us – it’s never happened, but after Doodle Dad’s encounter, I realize how vulnerable we all can be.
WHAT SHOULD WE DO? –
Interesting enough what I’d always planned to do is exactly what I read I’m NOT supposed to do –
Never get in the middle of a dogfight or attack Source: Vetstreet
Honestly, whenever I think about a dog attack scenario, I see myself like – Zena Warrior Doodle Mom. #kickingbutt
But now I’m realizing that may not be the smartest move in the playbook.
I found more than enough literature on this subject, but today, I will only hit what I call “useful highlights” of what I found when on my walks.
MANAGING CONFRONTATION FROM AN UNLEASHED DOG –
- Know your neighborhood – if there’s a dog nearby constantly running the fence barking, lunging and acting a fool – that dog is really after yours. Change your route.
- For loose dogs – get a bush, parked car, garbage can or something to place between you and the off leash dog. I loved this idea – carry an umbrella…
- As the unleashed dog approaches – open the umbrella which places a large barrier between your leashed dog and the loose dog. Open it and make it your shield.
- Use a loud, powerful voice – give the other dog a command he is likely to recognize like “down, sit, or go home.” Put your hand out in a “stop” signal to further your message. Even though the dog may not do as he’s told, your real goal is to take his focus off of your dog.
- Use a protective tool – some people find comfort in pepper, bear or citronella spray’s. Others like to bring along a walking stick. I’m not here to judge #byanymeansnecessary
- Carry treats – meaty treats can be tossed away from you creating a distraction long enough for you to make a quick, calm u-turn and move away.
AND NOW FOR THE REST OF THE STORY –
I left you “hanging” with Lee standing in the middle of the street forcing a truck to stop while trying to keep some distance between the angry “unaccompanied” dog and my Boys.
Lee said the car stopped and the driver motioned for him to cross completely because the dog was still coming…
Once Doodle Dad and the Boys cleared the headlight of the truck, the driver eased his foot off the gas pedal just as the dog was approaching the other side of the vehicle. He laid on the horn and the dog jumped back.
Slightly startled, he regrouped and moved toward the street again. The driver moved forward and blasted his horn again.
Lee started walking slowly and the truck rolled along like a barge – preventing the other dog from crossing the street.
Eventually the dog retreated and disappeared.
Later that afternoon, as Doodle Dad piddled in the garage, the driver and his wife walked up to the house.
Together they talked about the angry dog. What a surprise to find out the truck driver saw the dog barreling down the hill long before Lee saw the truck.
WHAT WOULD DOODLE DAD HAVE DONE? –
I asked him that and he told me he wasn’t quite sure. He only knew he wouldn’t have allowed the dog to hurt either Harley or Jaxson and I believe him. #airbornerangerguy
This (unfortunately) is too common a scenario to ignore. Please take some time and read about ways to prevent a confrontation to keep you AND your dogs safe.
The Boys are fine, not fazed one Doodle bit…
Better days are coming – they’re called Saturday & Sunday ❤️
DISCLAIMER: I am not a veterinarian nor a trainer. I’m a pet parent always interested in understanding more about my dogs.
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