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What to do if your dog is attacked?

I think one of the biggest fears of small dog owners is-what's the right thing to do if my dog is attacked? I have though about it especially since getting a second dog. Riley can be reactive around big dogs so I am careful when walking them to either walk the other way or keep him on a short leash on the opposite side when passing. We were hiking yesterday when a husband and wife with 2 big dogs were passing in the opposite direction, before I even knew what was happening, the dog with the wife lunged and had Riley in his mouth. Turns out she had her dog on a flexi leash! He looked like he was about to shake him so I bent down and elbowed the dog as hard as I could in the head and scooped Riley up. The dog jumped on my back and even though I had Riley held tight to my chest with both arms, the dog was still holding Riley's whole body in his mouth trying to tear him out of my arms. As I was turning to get away, the dogs flexi leash wrapped around my body like a mummy and I could not even kick the dog away. It was the scariest few minutes of my life and that dog would have had to bite my arm off before I would let go of Riley. Riley is fine and this is him a few minutes later enjoying the view at the top of the mountain (truly living in the moment ). I know this could have ended very badly. My groomer gave me a good tip-I should have stepped on his back paws and put my weight on it. I want to make sure I am prepared should this ever happen again. Does anyone have any good tips/suggestions on how best to handle a situation like this?
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How terrible!!!! I am so glad he is ok. Good for you elbowing the dog in the face. Fred can be reactive with big dogs. This in turn, makes Scudder reactive. I am very careful with large dogs. I keep them close to me on the leash or I often pick them up if the trail is tight. I also carry bear mace. I will not hesitate to mace a dog…….If I couldn't get to the mace fast enough, I like to think I would kick the dog! We have to protect our babies

So happy he wasn't hurt!

Forgot to mention, when I see a big dog coming, I often shout out to the person letting them know my guys might react. They don't do it with small dogs, just certain large dogs.






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What a frightening experience. I am glad you are both ok.



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That is scary, glad to hear everything turned out okay. I posted a while back that I was, I guess, attacked by an unleashed pitbull mix that I kicked in the head before he got to my two. I had enough time to put them behind me and kicking was my first reaction. The dog whimpered and turned around and ran back to the stupid owner chasing it. Timmy is reactive to larger dogs too when we are out walking so I am on the alert most times. Some people are so stupid. Oh and if I see someone walking towards me with a flexi-leash I normally go the other way, big dog or not. I only use flexi leashes at night when I take my two out back to do their business, I can't stand them for public use they unsafe for dogs and people.

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How terrifying for both of you! It sounds like it happened in a flash. It makes me think that I should pick Cody up whenever we pass a big dog.

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Did your vet check Riley? Years ago I took my first dog to training classes. There were about a dozen dogs of various sizes and I was careful not to get my dog, a siberian huskey, close to the several little dogs. She did great with both people and dogs, but... didn't want to take any chances. What I should have worried about was the doberman in class. It would growl at my dog any time we walked by and we did that as seldom as possible. The instructor insisted that either my dog or I were doing something to cause this. We weren't. The problem occured when we first had to do off leash recall. When my dog started to me, the dobe went after her and grabbed her which of course was "my fault". We then found out that the dog was "attack trained" and the owner was the instructor's best friend. We dropped out of the class and my dog continued to be very well tempered with both people and dogs. Months later our vet discoved a healed puncture wound on her head which he was sure was made by a tooth.
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Thanks everyone, I didn't take him to the vet but maybe I should have. I will call Monday and tell him what happened. I took them to their groomer right afterwards and she checked him and found no injuries. I checked him again today and I didn't see any bruises.
My friend talked me in to taking them on a hike again today and I'm glad she did. I don't want him (or me) to be afraid. I did take spray with me and Riley did great


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How horrible!! So happy things turned out ok.

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Ugh yeah it sucks when people aren't responsible with their dogs. I recently discovered we have an aggressive and reactive German shepherd in our condo building. He was lunging & barking at little Archer as we went into the elevator. Luckily we haven't run into them again. I won't automatically pick him up, as I don't want to make him more afraid, but when they are that out-matched I guess you have to be ready to. Lots of people around my neighbourhood have little dogs too, and other than the German shepherd they have been more reactive on the whole. People just tolerate little dogs growling and making a scene way more than bigger dogs I find...

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I know some folks will carry an umbrella just in case (to beat the other dog).
I had a german shepherd come at us once from someone's backyard. I did my best to sound authoritative with a stern (and probably very scared NO). The dog eventually backed off.

Our hav's are extremely vulnerable to all predators.
We had a forum member whose hav did not make it after a pit bull attack.
It's just not as easy as picking them up - some of these on-attack dog will stop at nothing, whatever their motive.

It all comes down to being able to control your dog as a dog owner and there are some tiny 98 pound women walking big dogs and just can not, or don't want to, don't know how.
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