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frozen with fear...charging dog

usually when i walk django, we walk thru different neighborhood. i am always aware of our surroundings, dogs especially. if a dog is off leash, we cross the street, if a dog is off leash and coming towards us, i pick him up and we go the other way.

well tonight we were walking, approaching a house that had a med. hedge in the front. he had a bit of lead on the leash, i hear someone say,no cody stay here and before i know it, this huge black dog comes running from around the hedge charging us at full speed.

i froze, it happened so fast, django was too far on the lead to pull back and pick up, he lunged at this dog, they had a teeth showing growling session, somehow the big black dog backed away and django just stood in place for a few minutes. i was scared to death of the dog.

my heart was racing, i truly didin't know what to do. i need to be more prepared for the next encounter, hopefully there won't be one. any tips?
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Yikes, very scary. A friend at work was just telling me how her German Shepard just got attacked by a pit bull last week that just moved in next door to her. Poor guy has some really bad wounds on his back end.

I think I heard other say they carry pepper spray? I should suggest this to my friend as well.

I am so glad nothing bad happened, give Django some extra belly rubs from us.

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Try carrying an air horn. The noise from that should scare them away. You could carry a walking stick and use it as a weapon if you needed to.


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I think Michele has 2 good idea's. My dog trainer is also a long distance runner and she says when she runs she carries a hollow metal pipe. I know it sounds harsh, but when I think back to the times the GSD came from across the street at Cooper, when the lab attacked my face, when an unleashed retriever thought a Maltese was prey and killed it while is was walking on a leash, I know that you often just don't get a second chance.

I've heard that pepper spay can just make some dogs angry, so I'm not sure I would depend on it. I think an air horn would be very effective and easy to carry.

I'm so glad that you weren't injured!!! That is so scary!

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Wow, that must have been very frightening! I try to keep my pepper spray in my pocket when I walk the dog. But I'm sure an air horn is an excellent choice too. I also never let Maddie get ahead of me on full lead. I gather the bulk of the leash in my hand, and she walks at a loose heel by my side. I think that reinforces you as Alpha plus it keeps the dog near you should there be any danger. I hope you don't see that dog again, but it seems like there are more and more dogs off leash.

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That happened to Oliver a couple of years ago. Thankfully he is OK but that dog lives up the street from us. He hates that dog and growls whenever he sees him. This was not the first dog he attacked but that @#$%^&*()_ owner continues to walk him off leash.
I no longer walk by their house and others owners have complained to the city about him as well. Hopefully something will be done soon!

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Oh such a scary thing to have happen. In the past, I've shouted "NO" "Bad Dog" pointed and then told it to "go home." This can help startle them enough to get the owner to get control or confuse them so you can get into a further distance. One thing I've always thought about but have never been sure is if it's best in a bad situation to drop your dog's leash so they have a chance to get away if being attacked. We've been attacked by a pitbull before but I wasn't alone and my walking partner strung the dog up by it's leash. Luckily the dog he attacked had a ton of neck skin so he didn't really do any damage.


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That's spooky and something I worry about too. You can carry a boat horn and one blast from that should stop all action at least until you can get control.

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Yikes, very scary. A friend at work was just telling me how her German Shepard just got attacked by a pit bull last week that just moved in next door to her. Poor guy has some really bad wounds on his back end.

I think I heard other say they carry pepper spray? I should suggest this to my friend as well.

I am so glad nothing bad happened, give Django some extra belly rubs from us.
The news showed a pit bull that was so covered in pepper spray that animal control couldn't get near it. The pepper spray didn't even slow the pit down.

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Wow that would scared the crap out of me....we live in the country and I would love to walk my girls but for that very reason I do not walk them. You just never know. I would like to have something with me to help deter them away.

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