What to Do if another Dog Attacks Your Dog

By Linda Cole

Walking your dog is a healthy activity for you and your dog. Going to dog parks provides a safe and enclosed area where you can let your dog run off leash and play with other dogs. Sometimes, however, a dog comes from out of nowhere and attacks your dog. Breaking up dog fights between your own dogs at home is one thing, but trying to break up a fight when you’re away from home is something completely different. How can you protect your dog and yourself if another dog attacks your dog?

It can be hard to figure out why another dog suddenly attacks your dog. A dog’s body language can be subtle, and signals from both dogs can be missed by the person holding the leash. However, whatever it was that caused the hostile reaction doesn’t really matter when two dogs are locked in battle, with you on the other end of your dog’s leash. Of course, it’s best to avoid a fight all together, but that’s not always possible and breaking up dog fights can be dangerous for dogs and people.

Dog attacks while walking your dog are not uncommon, and you have to be prepared for possible encounters. What you should do depends on who you talk to. Some dog experts recommend carrying a heavy duty walking stick to use on an attacking dog. Other experts say to drop your dog’s leash and stay out of the way. For me, neither one is a good option. It’s my job to protect my dog, and I also don’t want to hurt another dog.

My dogs look to me as their leader, and it’s my responsibility to protect them. Dogs can come out of the blue to attack your dog and you don’t always have an opportunity to read his body language. If you do encounter a dog that is off leash while you’re out walking alone or with your dog, stay calm and keep a close eye on the dog. Be aware of what’s going on, and expect the unexpected.

Having a sturdy walking stick does have a purpose. It’s something you could use to get in between two fighting dogs. If you have a chance to prepare before the dog attacks, when he starts moving toward you, yell “No” and take a step towards him. Try to read his level of aggression by looking at his eyes (intense and focused) without staring at him, ears (laid back on his head), hair standing up on the back of his neck or along the rump and movements that are stiff. If you can get him to back off, move away slowly, but don’t turn your back on him. Try to keep your dog as calm as you can. Any show of aggression from him can prompt an attack from the other dog.

You can carry a backpack with some clothing or a small blanket inside – anything to give it bulk to use to push the other dog away, or to put in between the dogs to give you some protection from snapping teeth. Carrying one or two cans of pepper spray or bear spray is always good. Don’t be afraid to use as much as needed and spray directly into the dog’s nose and eyes. Be mindful of the wind so you don’t spray yourself. If you have to use the spray on your dog as well, don’t hesitate to do so. A bright flashlight can be directed into the eyes of an attacking dog to temporarily blind him. Another useful thing to carry is an air horn. The loud noise could persuade the dog not to attack in the first place. If he does attack, the horn might help break up either dog’s focus during a fight, and will help call attention to other people in the area to come help.

Your best defense against another dog attacking your dog is to be alert and try to prevent an attack from happening. If that’s not possible or it happens before you’re aware there’s even another dog around, try to stay calm. A mind that’s in panic mode doesn’t function well. Think about what you would do before you have an encounter. Carry a stout walking stick and anything that might be helpful in a convenient pocket where you can quickly grab what you need.

Understanding dog behavior is one of your best weapons if another dog attacks your dog. I recently wrote on article on understanding dog fights that might help you. There are no simple answers though. The best thing to do is to stay alert and calm, and think about what to do before you encounter an attack.

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80 thoughts on “What to Do if another Dog Attacks Your Dog

  1. Yeah, this is ok advice, but won’t work against a very strong dog with a big prey drive. Pepper spray is the answer. It will stop any dog fight within seconds. Pepper spray is 12 bucks. boom, problem solved.

  2. I came across this after googling what I should do if a dog attacks mine because yesterday I was CLUELESS. my dog is an extremely submissive pitbull. he is 2 year old about 80lbs, huge head & is strong as hell. but looks are deceiving because he’s biggest baby you will ever meet. well yesterday I took him for a walk & normally we walk about 2-3 miles a day but it was so nice out so I figured we could walk further than usual….my first mistake. I should have listened to my gut instict telling me to just go back home but I didn’t. this woman had 4 large dogs, a pitbull, some black & white terrier mix & 2 very large white fluffy mixes. she was loading them in her car & before I had even seen them, they bolted right past her & went straight for my baby. the minute he started screaming bloody murder I knew I had to do something. 2 people that were driving by pulled over to help & they got them all except one that kept coming back so I stepped in between him & my dog & yelled “BACK OFF” about 4 times & he finally got the hint. luckily my dog was fine other than some scratches & a few puncture wounds but the owner apologized & paid for whatever medical attention he needed. it just makes me so upset that everyone looks at my dog like he’s gonna rip their faces off but he didn’t even defend himself in that fight. he was trying to be submissive to get them away from him but they just kept on :(

  3. Well I just had to google “what to do if a dog attacks your dog on a leash” after what happened this evening. I was walking my dog as usual, it was dark. I saw a dog sniffing around a near by condo about 100 yards away. I kept my beagle close and walked hoping my dog wouldnt notice..he is intrigued with other dogs. This dog was a pit bull mix..easy to tell. It noticed us while we were trying to get from the area. Once it saw my dog, he went right for her throat and pinned her to the ground by the head. This is the first time i have i have experienced this. I hit the dog with my fist and really had no effect. I grabbed its leash and tried to pull and all it did was pull both dogs. I kept pulling and i think the unleashed dog lost its breath or nearly blacked out since it let go and was confused or may have thought i was the owner. I held it down, luckly it was not super aggresive towards me but it did bit me and and left its mark on my hand as it flipped its body. No one came to help. A guy siting on his porch just sat there as I asked for help. Luckly while i held the dog, mine ran out of site. I was scared, heart raced and I felt helpless. I will now carry mase or baseball bat. I am so angry. I dont know what to think of owners of dogs that would attack and could kill another dog. A small dog is no different I would think then a toddler if the dog sensed anything that would trigger it’s aggression. When a dog is in attack mode forget hitting it. I am a good size man and feel afraid for neighbors with small dogs who may not have got the unleashed monster off his or her pet. truthfully, I want to carry a good 5 inch blade and put it in the dogs chest if this happens again. Forget a walking stick and trying to break a small dog away from aggressive pitbull mix which probably had a not so competent owner. As an owner, believe me, it is a helpless feeling seeing you loving pet being killed . Trust me, now I know it can happen. Take protection. Many careless owners out there and they all want the big mean looking dog.

  4. Just yesterday my neighbour's German Shepherd was off the leash inside their yard and the fools left the outdoor open. I was returning from the walk with my dog which is a retriever.

    For 1 and a half minute my dog was savagely beaten as also me from this dog. I was extremely calm but at the same time i attacked the German Shepherd with fists kicks and whatever a human body can do to such an animal. The results of my attacks to the dog : ZERO
    If i did that to a human i would have broken his bones but the dog behaves as if it felt no pain. Of course it attacked me also and the owner was not able to control it.

    4 men tried to help but it was extremelly dificult for the german to let his teeth from my retrievers neck and then from my leg which is…good for people who study medicine in order to see the inside of the body

    I think that this guide can be a base when it comes to ordinary dogs up to medium size. But cannot be adopted to certain races that are strong and have aggressive nature against their “non-pack” beings, for example against a Rottweiler/Dog Argentino/German Shepherd…the best defense is start praying :P

  5. My dog was attacked in it's own garden today by a neighbours male dog. It jumped TWO fences to attack, i have four passive female cavaliers,one only a year old. It tried each of them but the oldest jumped in to protect them, she was lucky to survive and only did so because I was at home. I am a professional dog walker and I had previously voiced my concerns to it's owner about it's level of aggression. In my country we are mot allowed to carry mace or pepper spray. The owner did not have a clue how to get his dog off mine and actually stood and watched,while I did. No apology after either. Bottom line DO NOT have a dog if you don't know what you are doing, this ended up with a dog being put down and anothers future uncertain.

  6. I have the same issue. I. have a very large st bernard, who is a good dog, good with other dogs as long as they are good with him. there have been countless times we have been attacked by little dogs, and I’m usually out walking with my toddler as well. it is TERRIFYING. I am concerned for the well being of the little dogs as well, because mine will hold his ground and will protect us, and these little dogs won’t stand a chance. luckily no one has ever been hurt, but it’s not fair that I have to choose to not walk my dog because others refuse to put theirs on a leash. I have talked to the owners, called the police, and it continues to happen. I have started bringing mace with me too, and its sad it has to come to this :(

  7. I feel so terrible! We rescued a high strung Yorkie Poo who turned out to be an aggressive terrier at 15 lbs. I have trained and worked with him for over 4 years and he is highly intelligent and his personality is just full of life. He does wonderfully with me on a leash but is very aggressive to larger dogs. Today the door was accidentally left a jar and Skipper got loose. I heard barking and commotion in the front on the road. Skipper saw a man and his Labrador quietly walking in front of our house and went crazy! I immediately ran to them but had no control over him. I was so humiliated and felt terrible. He basically just barked and scared everyone but we can’t have a dog like that….we love him but that scares me and I don’t know if I can do anything more than what I have done. If it had been me I would not like the people who lived in our house and would have called them irresponsible! What is the responsible thing for me to do?

  8. My dog and I were attacked today by two off leash German shepards. I am thinking seriously of something a little more intense than pepper spray. But I guess bringing a firearm for the dog walk would make people upset and then they will want to ban guns. I am not going to hide inside and be a victim. I will start with a well intentioned walking stick (more like a club – for all of gods creature the dog and then the owner) lets make dog walks even more exciting!

  9. Thank you very much for this Linda. My dog was bitten this morning. My dog is a big dog, around 46kgs, but this dog was easily 60kg. I saw it following us, but as I walked faster, it picked up the pace – so I thought it might be better to just let them sniff each other then go, as opposed to turning it into an excited chase. I obviously didn’t read this dog’s body language well because the first thing it did was barge and bite my dog’s torso. My dog is big, but he is not at all violent – so he pretty much submitted straight away. After a few seconds of holding him down, the other dog marked his territory, and carried on wandering as if nothing had happened. My dog is currently at the vet getting a couple of stitched. I think I will get some pepper spray, that seems like a good deterrent. And I suppose a walking stick is good too. Thank you very much, this is exactly what I needed to read.
    ♫ Ashwin Acharya

  10. I appreciate everyone’s insights and comments on this topic. Some point that haven’t been mentioned though that are worth mentioning are, first and foremost, the dangers of a flexi leash. If something happens, it prevents you from reacting in time. Even if it’s your own dog in danger. My dog got attacked today, and the attacker dog plus other two of his dogs were on flexi and he couldn’t do anything because of that. Those things should be banned and all dogs trained to walk on a relatively short leash. Dogs really don’t mind. Another thing is walking three large dogs at once. It’s impossible for you to break a dog fight if you have two other dogs there. Anyway. I’m going to start carrying the pepper spray for sure. Considering other options. Thanks for the tips.

  11. A canine behaviorist once said to me,”There are no bad dogs, only bad owners.” Irresponsible “owners” (I hate that word owner when it comes to dogs or cats)are the problem. Just 2 weeks ago, my Weim and I were walking and 2 Pit Bulls crossed the street and backed us into a yard and wouldn’t let us go. They had no collars on,and they paid absolutely no attention to their “owner” who called,yelled, and attempted to drag them back from us – they kept coming back across the street- my response was to do my crazy woman performance of screaming, growling, stomping my feet after telling my wonderful dog to sit – which he did throughout. This performance seemed to break the concentration of the dogs who were backing us into a yard. My intention was to keep them focused on me and away from my dog. I figured if they bit me, the consequence for the “owner” would be much greater,and my dog is my family,so I was protecting him. The “owner” yelled at me as if it were my fault,and I yelled back at him, “Whose dog is under control ? Your dogs aren’t even listening to you !” Anyway, there had been a break-in at a house a few down from where we were a couple of days previous to that,and 2 police officers investigating just happened to hear me and came up to where we were and pointed guns at the 2 dogs. I’D THOUGHT ABOUT SAYING,”IF YOU’RE GOING TO SHOOT SOMEONE,SHOOT THE “OWNER” but am very glad I kept my thought to myself.The appearance of the police with guns drawn at his dogs seemed to get the “owner’s” attention,and my dog and I left and went home – I, trembling the whole way. I’ve since bought pepper spray but was told by another former police officer that it does no good in stopping Pit Bulls. I’ll repeat: THERE ARE NO BAD DOGS, ONLY BAD,IRRESPONSIBLE,EVEN STUPID “OWNERS”.

    1. I know your frustration with irresponsible, stupid owners. This past Sunday, my chocolate lab was attacked by a dog (probably a chow mix) that had slipped out of its leash. The dog latched its jaws onto my dog’s neck and the stupid owner made literally no efforts to call her dog off of mine. The stupid owner didn’t even yell the dog’s name. While I was trying to break up the fight and pry the dog’s jaws off of my dog’s neck, I had to even ask the stupid owner what the dog’s name was so I could try to coax the dog off of mine. Can you believe that? She had no reaction except to freeze when her dog was attacking mine!!! Just ridiculous!
      720 dollars worth of vet bills later, my dog is on the mend after having stitches in his side and leg and it turns out the woman might not even have enough money to pay me back. Ugh, not sure exactly what to do, but I’m thinking I might need to take this to small claims court.

  12. best thing to actually do is grab the attacking dog by his hind legs and hold them high in air. Making dog do a handstand. This way the attacking dog can not bite you or anyone else. Keep hold of that position till help come. IF there is 2 people just for safety measures do this to both dogs to prevent your dog attacking now the vulnerable attacker dog. I have done the stand between the 2 dogs and face the aggressive dog. The dog approaching wants at your dog not at you. Always face the unknown dog and as he walks around you do too keeping your dog behind you. This does work. I have done it several times and not once have been bitten.

  13. I’d really like to know why my extremely friendly, wouldn’t hurt a fly dog gets attacked by every single other dog he comes in contact with. Leash or no leash. I mean he’s never shown aggression towards other dogs or humans or cats or anything. He’s just really friendly. could it be because he hasn’t been neutered yet and the other dogs are trying to prove their dominance?

    1. It really depends on what breed he is. If he is a ‘bully’ type, it may be that he is sending out the wrong body language in his stance. We’ve all seen teenagers coming over as aggressive or frightening or just with attitude, just because of all the hormones raging through them and the way they swagger around in their hoodies, where you can’t read their facial expressions. If he is long-haired, other dogs will struggle to see his facial expressions and any warnings he is trying to send out, like curled lip, hard eyes, which warn them to stay away, or the reverse, which indicates that he is friendly and playful. If you have mutilated him by slicing off his ears or hacking off his tail, at whatever age, you have robbed him of another means of communicating and showing that he is friendly. even if he is bred to hold his tail or ears in a certain way, that can be confusing to other dogs

  14. My dog was attacked by a bull terrier yesterday while I was running her. The bull terrior slipped out of her leash and latched onto my dogs back leg and wouldn’t let go. My dog is having her rear leg amputated tomorrow. The vet told me in order to break the grip of a dog, you have to pull the dog by the tail and lift it up into the air that way they lose their grip. Another, was a hose full force up their nose or in their eyes, or spray deodorant or something similar into their eyes.Of course you don’t usually have these things handy, but if I had of known this yesterday, I would have run into the nearest house and asked for a spray can of some sort (nothing toxic).At least I would have broken the dogs grip without putting myself in any danger and probably would have saved my dogs leg.
    It should be compulsory for all dog owner to muzzle their dogs while walking them in the street, that way it would prevent any carnage. Good luck fellow dog owners.

    1. just keep in mind, when you grab someone elses’ dog by the tail, it may make them release..well will amlost always work, you have to be willing to risk yourself of getting bitten. most dogs leg go, but then they turn at whatever is holding them…once a dog is engaged in a fight, they have a one track mind, verbal commands will not work at this point.

  15. I’ve been walking my three dogs around the block for so many years now, recently there’s a neighbor that has a dog and always barks at my dog, and instead of the owner telling the dog to calm down, twice now he tells his dog to “bite em!” bite!” what should I do? Or say? Or just ignore? Please help me.

    1. just miss out that house cross to the other side of the road or take another street dont waste your time or breathe on irresponsible owners looking to upset random dog owners

    2. You can report this to the police, this is considered a threat. DO NOT IGNORE, this person needs to be reported. I wouldnt cross the street at all, if you are on a side walk or street you are within your rights to use it, and if he is threathening people that are not even in his yard, that would be illegal. its like threatening someone with a weapon.

  16. Long story I’ll try to make it short.
    My neighbor’s fence was held together by string. No joke. His property backs up to our local park and his 3 huge dogs were jumping at the fence whenever other dogs walked by. I started carrying pepper spray when walking my omega husky sweetie in the park. She’s always on leash. About a month ago I was walking about 30 feet behind a lady and her poodle. His dogs hit the fence, busted through and 2 of his dogs grabbed the poodle. The lady let go of her dog and was looking on in horror. I’m 5’2”, 50 years old and weight 120. Before you tell me, I realize this was stupid, but my mother bear instincts took over. The 1st dog (smallest of the 3) let go of the poodle for 1 second while attempting to get a better hold. I kicked it hard in the side and it rolled into a bush. I pepper sprayed the 2nd dog (the poodle was slightly sprayed but was having much bigger problems at that time). The 3rd dog had run back into its yard. The pepper sprayed dog ran away, not in the direction of his house but I didn’t care. The 1st dog rushed out of the bushes and tried to get back to the poodle that was now immobile and bleeding. I tried to kick him again but he bit at my leg. I had a hole in my jeans and a scratch. My heart was beating so hard I thought it would exploded. I managed to hit him with the pepper spray (by now my eyes were burning from fumes) it started whimpering and rubbing its face on the grass.

    Oh, my trusty husky had turned tail and ran home (thank goodness)alerting my son that something was wrong. He showed up in the park about the same time the neighbor stepped out of his house. The guy was running toward me yelling something at me. When he was close enough to see the poodle and the damaged done, he stopped. I wanted to take the string and strangle the jerk. Cops were there, I have no idea who called them. He received a ticket for having his dogs off the leash in public. The poodle was taken to vet but last I heard it wasn’t doing well. My son listened to me through my tears, went over and talked to the neighbor and the cops. The next weekend the neighbor bought wood and my son helped the guy fix his fence. I wish I could be more like my son.

    1. You’re a great person for doing that. You put your self in danger to help someone and her dog who were in trouble. I hope the poodle makes it through, but it wouldn’t have had a chance if it weren’t for you. Your son is a great person too. Takes after his mom :)

  17. Me and my dog were just attacked by another dog this week. It was a dog walkers nightmare. I rescued my dog 4 year’s ago, she had been severely abused and I’ve worked for 4 year’s getting her to trust humans and to be comfortable around other dog’s. She’s in obedience classes and doing well. We take dog walks everyday getting her used to the leash and she’s learning all commands. The attack was from out of no where. A typical owner who allows their dog to act out of control on their front porch. This dog (pitbull) was lose in the yard and came right at us. Don’t get me wrong, I love the pitbull breed and my dog is a pitbull/rottweiler, it’s the ignorant owners that’s responsible for their dogs behavior. Now, my dog has seventeen puncture wounds and I have three. My dog who has become my most trusted companion has given me so much happiness and I believe she fells the same towards me. She missed out on her class yesterday because she could barely walk. The authorities were called and I believe the only slap on the hand the owner is going to get is a $25 fine. I went to the emergency room for my bites in my hand and if I want that dog owner to pay for my medical bill, I have to take them to court. This owner came out of his house and threatened us for kicking his dog. During a time in which his dog had clamped down on my dogs leg and was shaking and tearing at her. The only thing me and my husband could do was to try and kick it. It never let go…it was a nightmare. Now, we can’t walk our dog around the neighborhood because of ignorant dog owners like what he are dealing with.

  18. I was walking my small mixed dog on a leash in my neighborhood yesterday. A neighbor had his pitbull in the car. The pitbull was going crazy in the car as we went by and naturally my dog started barking too. We got past the car and the owner of the pitbull went to the car to check on his dog and opened the door. The pitbull charged my small dog and nearly killed it. After a major surgery my dog is still alive and will be at the vet office for 5 days. My bill will be about $400. I went to the house to talk to the owner and let him know the fees I will be charged for the vet. He told me his dog got scratched and wants me to pay for what my dog did (his dog never even went to the vet). My SMALL dog was leashed when his viscious unleashed dog attacked mine. Now he won’t pay the bill. My first approach is to make a police report, send him a statement by certified mail, then small claims court if needed. Needless to say, I’m not a fan of pitbull that are trained to be viscious, nor their owners for training them this way. Why do want to be a part of that stereotype?

    1. Think about what you are saying…why do i want to be a part of that sereotype? why does anyone want to be judged on what they do not do…so you are telling me that because your dog was attacked by a pitbull owned by a very ignorant and irresponsible owner (for that i am sorry)…that all pitbulls should be held accountable? do all black people rob banks and sell drugs? are all white people rich? do all labradore retrievers like water? come on now…really? i am a responsible owner, so dont hold my dog responsible for what your idiot neighbor did.

  19. In a perfect world, people would be responsible and diligent with their pets and dog on dog attacks would not occur. Unfortunately, in the real world, they are an all too common occurrence. It’s not fair that taking a walk with your dog has become a dangerous occupation. I live in the suburbs and have a large fenced yard. I have given up on trying to take my dog for a walk. So, instead, I taught him how to retrieve a ball and we play fetch every morning. It’s great exercise (for him) and a good “give and take” bonding experience for the both of us.

  20. i took my dog to the local playing fields and meet up with a lady i see regular who has a rottwieler and another dog a little bigger! i do let my dog off the lead ( a patterdale) he is very good does not run off to far and always comes when called. her dog was on a lead to start but then she let him off. dogs were playing and my dog walked near them and was attacked by her rottwieler he pick my dog up and shock him like a rag doll at which point i thought he had killed him the owner went in to try and stop it and my dog bite her!! the dog did eventually let go of my my dog with injurys that at first glance didnt look to bad! the ladys arm was bleeding quite a lot i called her hubby who came and picked her up and he said he would pay my vet bill. I took my dog straight to the vets he had to be put under sedation to be proper looked at which they found he had extensive damage shoulder muscle ripped apart and massive brusing! When i told the owner how much the vets was now going to cost he is not so keen to pay!! i dont know where i stand or what i can do ?? i have since found out that this dog has tried to attack other dogs before!!

  21. why is there no laws to protect dogs and their owners from owners who let the dogs off the leash. We all want dogs to have a run but not at the expense of attacking other dogs in the area. It can cost quite a bit of money to take dogs to the vests and also the cost of the mental anxiety caused to the dog and their owners.

  22. My pitbull mix loves little dogs and is very tolerant of bad behavior from anyone smaller than her, but we almost met her match today. Some moron had her two little dogs off leash and one of them attacked my dog out of the blue. My dog growled and tried to run away but didn’t even open her mouth to bite. I held her head up away from the little dog and ended up picking her up in my arms just to get the little dog off her. The little dog was climbing up my leg when the owner finally got to it. I think people with little dogs tend to think that there’s no danger in having their dogs off leash because they are so small, but if a little dog bites a big dog and the big dog reacts that little dog is going to be in bad shape pretty quickly. If they aren’t well trained, small dogs off leash are dangerous to themselves and other dogs as well – what do you think would have happened to my dog if she had bitten back and seriously hurt this lady’s dog?

    1. when my dog was a puppy we were at a public dog event in my local park when a tiny dog attacked him he had to go to the vets and now tries to take revenge on all the little dogs he sees now!!!

  23. Yesterday my mother took our dog for a walk. My dog is a shih-poo so he is a little guy. Both my dog and my mom came under attack from a much bigger dog, not quite sure what breed. My dog was injured and my mom thankfully got away with a only a few scratches.

    Now call me selfish or whatever you but that if it was me that was walking my dog yesterday instead of my mom then that other dog would have said some serious injuries!

  24. reading all comments there`s some truth in most of them , i own two dogs a dog and a bitch both jack russell crosses they are both well behaved come back when they are called and very obidient they are never out on their own and have a secure garden so there`s no chance of them escaping. recently my male dog has been attacked by a husky who would`nt go back to it`s owner when called and so never should be let off the lead in my opinion, and in the same week two bull mastiffs that had got out of their garden did the same thing i managed to get them off him with the risk of being bitten myself , but like some one said earlier when you hear your dog screaming in pain you don`t think about your own saftey. My chill time was walking my dogs but now i`m nervous every time i take them out .. people should be more responsible for their dogs no matter what breed i love all dogs it`s the irresponsible owners i don`t like.

  25. Around where I live people think its okay to let little dogs out in their front yards. Today I was walking my two dogs and a puggle attacked us. It bit my english shepherd who was trying to get away. It was too windy for pepper spray so I kicked it but it came back and attacked her again. Thats when my other dog, a shepherd mix, attacked back. It ran away and I felt bad for it and my dogs. I wish people would quit letting dogs out unsupervised.

  26. There are a couple of recipes that you can make your own online, i tried to post it but i guess because it was a recipe it wouldnt be approved. Try googling how to make it and the first two recipes online were the ones i tried to post.

  27. Iam in N.J. and the sports and hunting stores here sell pepper spray it sits right on the counter, its a small amount though but I think it would work. Also Ive seen in a magazine which offer large selections some not legal to have, but when dealing with strong dogs, you need it, just be real careful were and how you spray, not sure if you can order. http://www.cabelas.com good luck.

  28. Yesterday me my brother and a mate were walking our rottweiler we had been walking for about 10 minutes when 2 pitbulls had got lose and were facing off woth our rottweiler my brother starts slowly backing away with our dog when they both started atttacking her our friend bolted and got a few hundred metres away when the pitbulls started chasing him so he climbed into a tree saving our dog from being seriously injured then a neighbour came out and let us take our dog into his back yard. The pitbls then realised they couldnt get our friend who was in the tree and ran away. But in australia i dont beleive there is any where you cab get pepper spray. What could you use instead? And to the guy above this i have nothing against pitbulls ive had friends who have them and there lovely dogs it just the owners dont treat the dog right!!

    1. Here in the US, some states regulate pepper spray but I found a citronella spray at at pet store that can be used. It might not deter very aggressive dogs. I’m glad that your dog is OK (and your friend!)

    2. Ammonia water mix or vingar with a LITTLE water in a spray bottle works. Keep it on a stream setting not spray. Aim for face. Vinegar hurts but wont harm. Jalpeno pepper juice, or just plain black pepper flakes thrown in their face helps. Heard shampoo also works. Good luck.

  29. another thing that is a shame is that people are to quick to say “pit mix”….do you also say that all “black people”, “asian people”, “white people” look alike? DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY BREEDS GET MIS-IDENTIFIED AS PITS ON A REGULAR BASIS? There are tons of dogs that bite people that LOOK like pits, or so people say. My suggestion to those that THINK they know what a real pit looks like should look it up..get some info and education on breeds of dogs..because PITS die everyday because people are mis-identifying other breeds of dogs that are the ones doing the attacking…if anyone saw the most recent of the news anchor being bitten in the face by a “MASTIFF”..90% of the media is calling that dog a PIT…not only is it NOT a pit…but that STUPID woman (news anchor) should have never stuck her face in a strange dogs face…not saying any dog should bite, but one thats been through a tramatic experience…PEOPLE are stupid…if you are interested in knowing the over 20 or so breeds of dogs that get confused with pits everday…look check them out…i can guarantee you that not only will you be suprised..but 80% of you will not be able to pick the pit bull out of the other dogs…PEOPLE need to start being responsible for their actions…and that is being irresponsible owners to animals. http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/findpit.html
    go to the link and see if YOU can find the pit bull!!!

    1. I hear you and I was the one who commented that I thought the dog that attacked my smaller dog was probably a pit mix. I did say I was not certain and I agree that it is difficult to determine a breed sometimes – I could have been wrong about it. However, in the end, it doesn’t matter so much to me – I just wanted to relay my story that the dog that attacked mine was bigger and that there was no indication that this dog was going to attack – no barking, no growling, nothing. That dog I believe reacted on it’s prey instinct when it saw my smaller dog.
      As you say, the real issue is that the dogs owner should know that those kids were not able to handle that dog by themselves – it was too strong for them. They need an adult with them if they want to walk it and they need to be aware that their dog has a tendency to attack smaller dogs.
      I know many pit/pit mixes that are very sweet, gentle dogs.

    2. No idea why people do not just go to dog parks. I guess if there are none in your area … I have taken my puppy all over my city to different parks, the ocean, wherever to get her as absolutely the most socialization I can.

      No matter, In the few months she has been going to the parks we have come across four dogs that have been very aggressive and tried to bite her (and others). Three were pit bulls, not mixes as the owner themselves verified, and one was today a Weaton (sp?) Granted the Weaton was much more aggressive than the pits. Fact is when I see a pit in the dog park I worry a bit until I know everything will be ok. Get over it. The breed hasa bad reputation due to countless bad owners. It will be critcized no matter how much you don’t like it.

    3. Get over it? Im sorry but i wont, first of all IT IS because of bad owners or breeding in general, and i wont get over the fact that people are ruining a breed of dog. First of all I WORRY about dog parks, because most people in there do not watch their dogs, much less know the signs of any type of aggression or warnings. dog parks are fest pools for germs, and mostly irresponsible owners chatting it up and not paying attention to their mostly unsocialized dogs. Its mostly a place for people that are lazy and dont want to take the time to properly socialize their dogs. I personally WORRY about ANY dog that is unleashed PERIOD…im not going to limit it to pits because ALL dogs can bite..especially if they are scared or feel threatened….that bundling all your sticks in one basket dont you think. Yep they do have a bad rep, but its people like you not doing anything to help that by continuing the ignorance. I wont ever give up on my dogs. and ANONYMOUS, i agree no child should have been walking a dog they could not control..but somewhere in there there was a warning that went unnoticed…the pit bull could have run over to greet your dog (wasnt there so just guessing) and then either dog could have given off a hint that it was upset, and each dog is going to defend themself. One of my fosters was like this, he wanted to play with smaller dogs, but some small dogs get defensive when a large dog is hanging over their head..which is normal..so a small dog may growl, then..time to fight…its normal honestly, but as owners you have to be prepared or avoid situations, and also be able to read your dog when it gives you signals. I WOULD NEVER TAKE MY DOG TO A DOG PARK, THATS PROBABLY THE MOST IRRESPONSIBLE THING ANYONE CAN DO!

  30. You have to be prepared to save your dog. I carry pepper spray a large amount of it, but you have to be aware of wind and try it out ahead of time (havent had to use it yet). also I read some good advice when searching for ways to protect my dogs, If your dog is being bitten you can stick your fingers into a dogs eyes and do damage and you might be bitten but you have a chance to save your dog (and if dog bites you then theyll do something),pet dogs are being killed all the time by dogs running loose or not under control by their owners research it. the dogs you love dearly mean nothing in eyes of the law. Ive encountered so many off leash dogs, call police every time (if dog doesnt retreat)and get reports written up. so next time if it gets bad theres records of the dogs off leash. I walk two dogs. One big and one small, big dog a pit who I dont want fighting but shes always ready, she was attacked by pit running loose with stupid owner in state park. Cops called, was told theres not much they can do (N.J. has leash law, cops dont enforce) owner paid vet bill just missed jugler. She would have died. Now moving to new neighborhood. See lots of dogs running loose taking pictures keeping records. For future problems. putting fence up. getting hunting license. so itll be kinda legal if I need to protect my dogs. I will go insane if off-leash dog goes for my little dog. Its a real shame people are so lazy and cant leash their dogs.

  31. I own two dogs – one small, about 11 pounds, and the other medium size, about 27 pounds. I was walking them in a residential area near the water (SF Bay) on a walking path. I only occasionally take them there. There were both on leash and we were actually off the path towards the edge where the grass meets the sand/mud at the water’s edge.
    My dogs were enjoying all the birds and smells – not paying attention to folks jogging or walking by.
    A group of 4 young kids walks by with a good-sized pit mix (my guess – not certain what type of dog – just bigger than mine and muscled with that big head that pits tend to have). The youngest girl was holding the dog’s leash. She probably weighted less than the dog. Something triggered that dog to run towards us, pulling the leash out of the little girl’s hand. I’m sure she was not expecting it and doubt she had the strength to hold the dog back.
    The dog went for my smaller dog. It all happened so fast that I did not have time to pick her up so I dropped her leash and tried to grab the attacking dog. Luckily, that dog had on a harness which made it easier to grab but not before my dog was attacked. And even once I grabbed the dog he had my dog in his mouth and would not let go for a few seconds.
    The kids had no control over the dog they were walking and they did not have an adult with them. I picked up my dog once they took their dog back from me and grabbed my other dog’s leash and run back to my car to take mine to my vet’s office.
    She was bleeding on her side but the puncture was fairly minimal considering the attack. I thought for sure I was going to watch this dog kill my dog. It is horrible to hear your dog screaming and trying to get away from a dog attacking it. I guess I’m lucky the dog did not attack me when I grabbed it. My vet suggested I carry mace when I walk my dogs but I’m not sure if I would have thought to use it. My reaction was just to get that dog off my dog.

  32. Here is my opinion…Yes there should be responsible owners, but the fact of the matter is..there arent…we live in the REAL world, and you need to get with reality…and reality is, that when you walk out your door in the morning, there are alot of risks…people shouldnt brek laws either, but they do…you need to help yourself by avoiding the worst scenarios..you cant just walk out your door, and expect people to do what they are supposed to do just because they should. There is a reason for all attacks, if it be, because a dog was raised to attack, or abused, or whatever..there is always a reason, and the reason is always because of US…its people that make animals the way they are..and its people that are ignorant to always blame the animal…HUMANS are to blame wether they were present or not. It’s rediculous and ignorant to just say “it isnt fair”…your right , LIFE isnt fair, there are tons of things that are not FAIR…but this is the real world…anything can happen at anytime…all you can do is do your best to prepare. As far as using livine in AFRICA as a comparison is just a really ignorant thing to say..as if lions just go around attacking people for no reason…no probably because PEOPLE threaten them on a daily basis, move into their homes…humans are whats ruining this earth, animals did not ask to be domesticated, but WE did it, so now we have to pay for what we made…dont be so ignorant to blame animals or breeds…blame your neighbors…and if you dont like walking in your neighborhood..work to make a change in your neighborhood…walk somewhere else, or stay in your house…so sick of people complaining but never doing anything to help or change anything..you can expect to help a situation just by saying it shouldnt happen…otherwise you will NEVER get anywhere.

  33. I walk my dogs almost everyday and more I get worried about other dogs attacking them. Everywhere I go in the neighborhood I see loose dogs, for the most part I usually turn around. Some of them follow me, some don’t. Others have attacked my dog just like today. I had a incident with a pitbull, luckily he was friendly because my dogs are pretty small. Plus a few weeks ago when I was out of town I seen a massive pitbull pretty much kill a dog and it got me thinking about the safety of mine.

    I always have them on a leash, the only thing is I have 2 dogs, obviously. Anyways, that leaves me without a hand in a hostile situation. Today a Boxer who actually was tied to a tree but ripped through whatever was holding him, ran up to my dogs. At first they had face to face stare down as the owner came running over the Boxer attacked my dogs, I instantly said “fuck it” and went and grabbed the Boxer by his neck fat and ripped him away. He automatically seemed to submit when I did that as the owner grabbed him. I was lucky I didn’t get bit but wasn’t going to let my dogs get hurt after what I seen.

    Now the fear is still in me that I might have a run in with a truly dangerous dog like a pit. I mean I love all dogs, I think there great but owners can be stupid. I understand certain situations but dogs are responsibilities, there not some shiny toy you show off in your backyard. A note to anyone out there, if a dog kills one of my dog without the owner trying to restrain it, I will kill your dog. Not trying to sound like a tough guy or anything but its collateral for your mistake.

    I’ve had my dogs for maybe 5 years now and nothing major has happened. I’m hoping it stays that way. I think the best option would be to walk your dogs outside of neighborhoods. Now if your young like me and don’t really have the choice to just take your dogs out to somewhere safe, then stay cautious.

  34. every person who owns a dog , has a legal obligation to keep that dog under control when out walking in public. Its not fair that people should be afraid to walk their dogs from fear of attack from dogs of irresponsible owners whome they let them run free

  35. I agree with Anonymous who talked about being afraid of walking his dog because of other dogs in the area. It is NOT his fault that other owners are not responsible and keep their dog on a leash or at home. I would suggest hitting the other dog with a walking stick as hard as you can between the ears until it backs off. When that happens, if the other dog doesn’t run away, spray with bear spray. You and your animal should not suffer because of others. It is your responsibility to keep your dog safe by whatever means necessary.

  36. People who are attacking Anonymous have probably not been in a similar situation. I walk my dog all around my city and I try to be aware of my surroundings at all times and my dog is always on a leash. But my dog was literally just attacked by a dog because his owner did not have him on a leash. I understand the frustration of feeling like I’m doing my part but I can’t protect my dog from irresponsible dog owners who not only don’t follow leash laws but can’t keep their dog from running up on other dogs. It’s fine if people have dogs that are good with other dogs and they want them to get their exercise off the leash… that’s great I support that but that’s why there are dog parks. My dog is a rescue who was abused by his previous owners and other dogs in his previous home, so attempts to train him to not get defensive when another dog runs up to him have been unsuccessful but that’s why I don’t take him to dog parks and always have him on a leash. Other dog owners should be mindful of the fact that not all dogs are good with other dogs. And I don’t think it’s crazy to expect people to follow leash laws or take their dog to a dog park if they want the to be leash free! And I also think it’s frustrating that there is nothing that I can do about people not following the leash law. I flagged down a cop after my dog was attacked as the other dog owner was casually walking away with his dog and the cop literally sat there eating a donut and with his mouth full said, “they’re just animals”. I love my dog like he’s family and I do everything I can to give him a good quality of life because he’s suffered enough for 5 lifetimes and it IS frustrating to have to pay for other people being selfish!

  37. There are some very good pointers too this article. I rescued a pitbull 6 years ago and trained her to be a good citizen. And all that training was destroyed by people who say “don’t worry he/she is friendly” as their dog tears your dogs face up and your arm. Another good tool to carry is a stun gun on your belt. Not lethal and gets that stupid dog off of yours in a hurry. Its not the dogs fault or the breed. Its the stupid OWNER!!!! Yes your dog may be friendly at home but not on the sidewalk jumping on random people and their dogs. But of course it always boils down to “its the pitbulls fault”. Which its no breeds fault.

  38. Today, while walking my doberman another person’s dog jumped out of the back of his pickup truck which was parked. The dog came after me and my dog. Needless to say, a dog fight started with the other dog’s owner on a cell phone near his pickup oblivious to the situation. Yelling help, other people ran to see what was happening as I tried to separate the dogs as my doberman had won the battle and had the other dog by the neck. My dog would not release for a long time. The owner came up and asked if it was his dog and what to do. I said grab your dog’s leash and help separate the dogs. He said that he would get bit. Eventually, the dogs got separated. He planned on taking his dog to the vet. I am sure that his dog learned a very important lesson… do not jump out of a pickup, do not run after another dog and instigate a fight, and don’t try taking on a dog bigger than you. Hope the other dog is doing ok.

    1. I would get him cited for lose dog. I would bill him for the vet bill if anything scratch happened to your dog. Even though your dog won, it sends a message to all in the community that they are responsible for their dogs actions and will be held accountable. If everybody did this action win or lose people would be more responsible.

  39. Incidentally, off the point, but to point out a fact to Anonymous about being attacked in Africa by lions, I think you have your facts totally wrong about Africa. No, we do not live in the jungle where the lions roam. No, lions do not run around attacking people.

  40. This is to the third person that posted a comment! Are you dumb!!!!!????Stop going to the same place to walk your dog!Maybe you should take some protection with you! just because your dog got attacked 4 times doesnt mean that these methods dont work! So stop your complaining and do something about your problem!

  41. i was just attack lastnight by a pitt bull the onwer said it broke off its leash it was scary i slowing try to move away from the dog and coach my dog to follow the other owner manged to grab her dog and pulled it back thank god no one was injured the key is to remain calm and avoid the attacking dog by moving away as much as possible its a scary feelig to hear you poor pet cry after it brought tears to my eyes but my dog saved me from getting hurt shes my hero

  42. People in my area seem to think its ok for them to let their small dogs roam free and unleashed. I have 2 pitbulls that I walk at least twice a day. If my dogs are on a leash and a Chiuahua runs up and tries to attack them then what do I do??? So far I’ve been scooping both my dogs up in my arms and carrying them home. It works, but that is over 200lbs of dog to carry home. I think I may give that pepper spray a shot. Hey, I’d rather spray a dog then see it get eaten

    1. I like your reply that was pretty cool, I am a big fan of pitbulls! I walk my dog everyday and Busters a pretty damn good dog, I like the little guy, he is a dingo! Well I walk him with a muzzle-just in case-but when we are running I let it loose so he can breath. While running him today, two dogs ran up on us I pulled him close to me and got in front of the two dogs and they darted in different directions, then they were coming back in from different directions, while I was trying to make sure one dog didn’t bite him the other one did! I lost it and had a very quick protective reaction and as soon as the one dog started to bite his hindquarters I grabbed the attacking dog by his skin and fur on the side of his neck and slammed him to the ground, I turned to see where the other dog was and he was just watching, like he didn’t want to continue the fight without his partner. This happened in a residential neighborhood and luckily the owner of the dogs was home close by and heard the ruckus and collected his dogs with apologies and I had no hard feelings although it was his fault the attack happened. He said they keep jumping over the fence, one of these days somebody’s going to be walking by with a nice big walking stick or they might not be as obliging as me and turn them in. Your animal is your total responsibility they are like a child and it shows just how good of parent you are by the way you handle all things with your dog.

    2. Today as my brother and i were walking our two pit bulls Bella and rasco the neighbors dog came flying out his house ..like what the hell are you serious …she was a German Shepard right away she charged at Bella whom was in front of rascal all of a sudden they were attacking each other!!! i was so frightened :( my brother held Bella really tight but Bella would not let go of the German Shepard luckily i was able to pull rasco back and keep him away !! so the owner came out all upset that our dog was a pit bull and his dog was gonna die..so he held on his dog Thank god none of the dogs bite him but Bella would not let go, she was so scared and shes only 2years old ..the owner was even trying to kick Bella!! i couldn’t be leave my eyes what in the world makes him think he could kick Bella, finally Bella let go and we ran inside and poor Bella she was bleeding she had a broken nail,swollen eye, bite marks everywhere and the German Shepard was okay she was only holding on to her so she wouldn’t bite..they came over and apologized ..the cops came right after!!
      This was all there fault my mom had a pepper spray i don’t know why she didn’t use it :(

    3. Good point or as you said if they are small dogs just hold on tight to your dogs leash an pull their heads tightly against you so they wont be able to strike.

    4. Reality Check, life isn’t always FAIR. Just learn to live it. Enjoy it, and be realistic. You have a dog, you want and need to walk your dog. Learn from experts how to do so in the safest, most educated way. Forget legislation. Legislation will never make you completely safe in life. As there are countless dangers to meet. One must keep a level head, and educate yourself. Enjoy life. Stop raging against unfairness.

  43. A dog tried to attack my dog the other day during a walk. i held my dog back and shouted at the other dog but that didnt help it got within biting range of my dog and it got the shit bitten out of it…..lesson learned :P

    1. That’s ridiculous. They aren’t selfish at all and they think they own the world? What are you even talking about? They may all be G-d’s creatures, but if they are dangerous, they are dangerous. My dog had to have extensive surgery after being attacked by another dog. Dogs get attacks and it’s not the owners fault, but there need to be repercussions. If anyone needs to grow up, it’s you.

  44. I’m sorry, but none of these solutions is acceptable. I am SO sick of being afraid to walk my dog because of other irresponsible pet owners. If they have a vicious dog, they need to take appropriate caution and treat it as a dangerous weapon. The cavalier and careless attitudes of dangerous dog owners astounds me. It is NOT FAIR that I have to be attacked or that my dog has to be attacked when I’m out walking in public. It is NOT FAIR that I have personally had my dog attacked four times (twice very seriously) in the 8 years I have owned him. If the other owners had not been there to help me, my dog would undoubtedly have been killed in two of the cases – both by very large pit bulls. I am SO SICK OF NOT HAVING AN ADEQUATE SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM. Why do I have to live like a person in Africa afraid of being attacked by lions when I live in the United States? Why? WHY? WHY???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And when I hear of other people or dogs being killed by other dogs, it is so unbelievable to me that this can go on in the United States! HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN?!?! I need a better solution for preventing these attacks. It’s time innocent dog walkers and people take control of this situation.

    1. We live in a country full of right wing rednecks who want you to have to walk with a gun whenever you leave your house. They don’t believe in laws. They are like the idiots in the Middle East where everyone carries a gun and no one is safe. I too am sick of being terrified of attacking dogs here in the US. I now carry a stun gun and pepper spray just to walk my small dogs to the mailbox, and I live in an upscale neighborhood. The police never enforce the leash laws and the right wing politicians here in Arizona just tried to do away with the leash laws. These people are nuts!!!!!!!

    2. Right wing rednecks eh? OR it could be irresponsible dog owners. Most of the attacks done by dogs are because of the owner not training their animal properly. Has nothing to do with politics. I take my almost adult dog (8 month Cocker Spaniel) and had never owned a dog before as an adult; I am 39 years old. When I take her to the dog park most owners have no idea how to handle their dog(s). They yell at them when they are just trying to play, don’t break them up or remove them from aggressive situations, think their dog can do no wrong, bring them to the dog park to socialize then go off in a far corner where their dog (as a pack animal) follows alone.
      I have spent hour upon hour training my dog. Spent countless hours with her trainer. Asked question upon question to make sure she has the right diet, exercise plan, and training regime. I understood my ignorance on how to properly take care of her from the beginning and although I still make a minor mistake from time to time I see what she is doing and ask the trainer so I can be properly trained to take care of my dog.
      It has absolutely nothing to do with politics and this is not the forum to voice your political perspective. It is an area to understand the proper training of an animal. Understand your surroundings, keep your dog leashed, keep your dog well-socialized and keep them happy. There are tons of dogs in my area, I know where the ones I wish to avoid are and guess what? I avoid them.

    3. I must say. Fair or not fair. The whole world currently has this scenario. I truly appreciate this article. Until we are able somehow to stop all possibility of encountering a dog attack, We must equip ourselves with knowledge. Or just hide in your house and cry unfair for the rest of your life. I currently walk my dog. With or without legislation to protect me. I refuse to let fear Mongers take away the quality of life. If you let them, they will have you too afraid to walk out your front door. So, read the article several times. Practice the scenario in your mind. And go out and live!!!!

    4. We always put our dogs on a leash when we see other dogs comming over to ours to try to avoid any dog fights ! Even when other people see this they still let their dogs run over to outs ! Our older dog does not like other dogs in his space and will grab if the other dog comes to close ! Why cant people respect the fact that if we leash ours they should keep theirs away !

    5. I totally agree with you, it happened to my border collie when he was attacked by 2 st bernards that suddenly appeared from a gap in the wall near me. I’m sorry to say hitting/beating the dog didn’t work as it was too intent on attacking my dog. It only stopped when I managed to get them off my dog and a man helped me fend them off. The owner said they aren’t normally like this and they escaped from through the garden by a door that was left open.

    6. 12/1/2012 My Collie was attacked by a dog. Here’s the story:

      I had my 23 month old Rough Collie at our local Parade at night. He is VERY well trained and is started as a service dog. It was dark and we were standing about 30′ from the main crowd next to the sidewalk watching the parade. I also had my 4 month old Min Pin puppy and my Min Pin mix all on leashes. They are also very well behaved do not bark or cause any problems while out. They were all being quiet and still. We were there probably 5 minutes and suddenly a bulldog type wire haired terrier mix mix dog bolted from under the chairs and instantly locked his mouth on my Collie’s neck. There was no warning. No barking no sniffing just bolt and bite. The dog weighed over 60 lbs and was twisting his body with his locked jaws on my collie’s neck. I was terrified my collie would die. I could not tell what the dog had in his mouth was it hair or my dog’s ear I couldn’t tell. I was kicking it and hitting that dog’s eyes it would not let loose. My collie was in a complete submissive position with his head lowered and now sufficating becuase this dog had a hold of his martingale around his neck. NO one could get this dog off my dog. Poeple were trying to get a knife to kill the dog locked on my dog. It was horrifing. I have had dogs most of my life and never experienced this before. Finally after about 3-5 minutes (seemed like forever) the owner saw what was going on and was able to get the dog off my dog just before he was passing out from lack of oxygen. I was furious with the owner of the dog. He had this dog at a parade with only a leather collar and a hay rope attached. He said that it was just an accident and he was sorry his dog is just protective. I couldn’t even talk to him I was so upset. I found that my hand was bitten by his dog and my collie, because of he heavy mane, only had some scratches on the top of his head and his neck seemed sore. Then I saw that my poor dog had urinated and deficated all over him self. I was so upset with that owner. I had the sheriff go over and get his info for my bite and my glasses had gotten knocked off and broken. I reported it to the animal control and they quarentined the dog. This owner is a volenteer at an animal shelter locally and had this dog for only two months. I asked the animal control officer to please have him get help training this dog. He is so lucky that we did not get hurt much worse. I finally got a hold of this man by phone and he was trying to negotiate my price for my glasses and a bath for my dog total 225.00 was all I wanted I treated myself and my dog with out going to a doctor. I could not believe it….He did finally agree to pay it when I had a officer call him and talke some sense into the guy. Also animal control saw my bite and documented it as a witness to it. Do you know this guy refuses to believe his dog is aggressive and believes his dog is just protective and it not dangerous. I can not believe someone would be that stupid.

    7. I have 2 friendly and sociable Kerry Blue terriers aged 11 and 3/4 and 11.
      3 Months ago I was on the large field around the corner from my house and had just let the male one Parker off-lead when an out of sight Staffy charged him, knocked him over and stood rigid over him with its nose pushed into his belly. Because it had one of those chavvy bronze and leather harnesses on I straightaway grabbed it by the harness, lifted it off him and hung it in the air so it could not bite him. The female owner then ran up grabbed her dog and punched me in the face. I was hysterical by this point and would not let go of the dog and screamed and screamed for someone to get the police. I think Parker thought the dog was trying to attack me and he jumped up about 8 times and bit it on the bum-not to leave holes but it had his teeth marks in.

      When the police came she lied and said the dog was on-lead and had not attacked mine and she had not punched me in the face. I had no witnesses and the police were useless-they just commented on how friendly the dog was with people!
      I later found out that the dog had previously attacked a neighbour’s Collie and bitten it and she had threatened the owner.

      Because Parker has previously been attacked by a Staffy and bitten badly I carried an alarm and a pet corrector spray but they were useless on this occasion as if I had stopped to get them out of my bumbag the dog would have bitten him. I now carry a Nordic walking pole so I can protect my dog if necessary as if this dog had not been wearing a harness I would probably have been bitten. A friend’s dog has also been attacked by a Staffy and had 47 stitches. Her vey said that if he hadn’t have been neutered he would have been by the attack.
      Hopefully you will never be in this situation when walking your dog but sadly you need to be prepared so you can protect your pet. These type of owners know their dogs are aggressive but still risk other people’s friendly and well-trained animals by having them off-lead and unmuzzled.

    1. I’m just completely frustrated with my neighbor not having her dog on a leash. Her dog would like to eat my little dog and when her dog comes along I have to pick up my dog and leave. I’m tired of leaving where I am entitled to be. I think that it might be the owner of the dog that I fear and not her dog. I don’t want to be a bad neighbor. All my dog wants to do with anybody or any dog is wag her tail and be happy. What to do?

    2. go out of your way to avoid this person and their dog. if your really feeling threatened, and fear for yourself or your dog’s well being, you may have to report the neighbor to the authorities.

      don’t try to resolve it yourself, that rarely works with aggressive people.

      i have two passive females, an irish setter and a smaller mixbreed. both adopted, yet well behaved, and always on leashes.
      i have this problem with one of the family’s down the road. not only do they not put their aggressive large dog on a leash, but they themselves(father and pre-teen son) ride around oblivious on bicycles.. letting the dog run amuk. And occasionally the dog charges at mine. at first i changed my schedule, to avoid running into them, but now i’ve realised that they don’t follow one.. so finally today i told the guy to either put his dog on a leash or stay away from my dogs. he said: “Why? he’s not doing anything.. its a public road..”
      Dude! … I mean really?!

      i have anger management issues when dealing with stupid people like this. Also his son was watching, and i didn’t want to have a child watch his dad get messed up.. so i took a deep breath and walked away.
      now I just visualize the guy getting mauled by someone else’s off leash dog.
      maybe i’m sick in the head
      it really is frustrating. i get what your going through.

      Linda Cole thanks for the excellent post

      Please Note:
      i am a reformed off-leash dog walker. i used to let my last dog, a large labrador, run amuk.
      And one day he got stolen.. i somehow managed to recover(long story) him, and then he hurt his leg during another leashless walk.
      After that i grew a brain. kept him on a leash for the rest of his long happy life(14years). He became so well behaved that i could even take him to my office with me and keep him off leash there. and because of him they officially turned it into a dog-allowed workspace!

    3. A very dear family fried just lost her long time friend Sissy, she was o hound of some sort. Sweet, loving and non aggressive. They live in a rural area, 10 miles from the nearest town,and it is quite small. She and Sissy have walked daily for years in that dessert and never and issue. Well, a few days ago sissy was attacked by two pit bulls and killed. My friend tried desparatly to stop the attack, but as soon as she kicked one off the other circled around and grabbed sissy again. My friend is devistated. This was something to horrible for anyone to ever have to go thru. The dogs and owner have been found and the two pits will be destroyed. My friend and I truly believe this was not the fault of the dogs 100%, regardless of the breed.I have known many sweet non aggressive pits. This come from owner negligence and ignorence. Plain and simple. I don’t care what you believe. I have been training dogs since I was twelve. And I own wolf hybrids. Height %. Never have ANY of mine EVER attacked anyone or anything. You have to know how to be a pack leader! Period. Without guildence, these dogs just act on impulse. I only wish, I could have been there to help her to stop the attack, and hopefully save her dog. Maybe I could have, maybe not. But the owner Certainly could have diffused or better prevented this tragidy, and saved all three dogs. So please, keep you dogs trained, leashed. Kenneled or in a fenced yard!
      You are not just protecting others, but your dogs as well.
      Proud pack leader of two wolves, 3 great Pyraneese, a daschound mix and 6 cats! All happy together!

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