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Charged by a strange dog

Benjy and I had a most horrible experience. Well, I don't think he knew what happened. LOL We were out walking with him on a leash. We were just standing in our neighbor's backyard. When all of a sudden a dog looking like a wolf charged us at full speed! I grabbed poor Benjy up as fast as I could and held him close to me. Then I turned my back to the dog and stood perfectly still. I didn't know if it were a wild dog, stray, or a neighbor's dog that got loose. Then I heard someone yell, "Get back here!" and I knew the dog belonged to someone. The dog circled around us and then went back to its owner. Funny thing is... I was just thinking about how glad I am that I go out with Benjy so no hawk or fox with get him. Sigh of relief.

I saw this tactic on a dog training video. But what if it had been a mean dog or wild animal? Was this still the right thing to do?


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So, so scary! I'm glad you were able to grab Benjy up, and that both of you were safe!
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you did good. If you pick up your dog cover him as best you can with your arms and try to face away from him . Look at the ground , never directly at him. Avoid kicking at him and try not to lose your balance. Quite often these sort of approaches are just the dog wanting to check out your dog.

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Now I can guess the dog was exxcited to see my dog and was just enthusiastic. But I had no way of knowing that at the time.


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How frightening and a nightmare! Quick thinking on your part and glad Benjy is okay! Frustrating at the same time, a friend of mine five year old Shih Tzu was attacked and killed by a larger dog. It happened within seconds. Since then, I've been paranoid about walking my two dogs and started carrying a pet deterent spray. I'm not sure how well it works or other options that are out there when you are walking multiple pups........

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Years ago my parents had two boxers, both female. The younger one attacked my Yorkie. Some people said it was the Yorkie's own fault because he teased the other dogs. He had on big cut in his throat and had a drainage tube there for several days and was OK. Later that younger boxer attacked the older one and from then on we had to keep them separate. If the mean one got out when it was the other's turn out, it would attack the other one, although it never attacked a person. Except that my Dad had to get 19 stitches in his arm because he got bit separating them. He never got rid of the mean one.


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Wow, how long did your dad have the mean Boxer and did they raise her from a pup? Did they have issues with the other female? I've heard having two females can sometimes be worse then having two males. I'm guessing it all depends on the dogs temperament.......

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Scary. I'm glad you and Benji are okay.
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My parents raised both boxers from pups. So the mean one was a puppy under the two year old. But she didn't turn mean until she was 8 or 9. Dad didn't get rid of either. The older one died first of a heart problem. The mean one died later of tumors. The vet was surprised at them fighting because it is usually males that fight like that.


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I've had to teach Teddy to jump on me when I say "Carry" (to make it faster to pick him up) and stay still when put on a car roof!
Its saved his life twice this year and kept me from getting bitten unlike like my neighbor who picked up her dog to get the stray from biting her dog but got bitten instead!

We have a stray dog that hangs around in our estate and attacks small dogs.... people keep giving him scraps as he is always hungry so he has decided to move into the estate! (can't blame them, he deserves to be fed too but just annoying that he keeps trying to bite our small breed dogs when we walk them - he's ok with humans (and big dogs eg GSDs which are extremely common here) so non small dog owners don't get why its annoying to have him around).

Do be careful if you pick up Benjy quickly as I've known of dogs who were so scared of the attacking dog, that they accidentally bit their owner when they got picked up to keep them away from the attacking dog.

Also read somewhere that if you yell at the dog - eg "go home" he is running towards you, it may make him stop. It worked on the stray dog who got scared when I yelled at him the last time he tried to attack and he stopped to figure out what was going on. Gave us enough time to jump into the neighbours car!

Really glad you both got out of that horrible situation safely.
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