How do you handle the situation when a strange dog approaches when you are walking your dog?
Last night, Houston and I were on our nightly jog/walk when a large Golden Retriever approached. I slowing picked up Houston and put out my other hand so the dog could smell me. He didn’t seem aggressive but he wanted to smell Houston’s butt and I wouldn’t let him. Ever time he ran to jump at me I would say “NO” sharply and sort of tapped him on his nose.
Well, then he followed us and followed us. All this time I had Houston in my arms. I was talking loudly saying, “Who do you belong to boy?” Hoping one of the neighbors would come out and notice. No one did or didn’t seem to care!!!!!!!!!!!!!
So I decided to make another lap around the block because I didn’t want the dog following me home. Plus, he was a beautiful dog and I didn’t want something to happen to him. So, we walked back towards were he first approached us. In the meantime, I asked a few neighbors on a different block and no one knew to whom the dog belonged to. I sort of had an idea.
So, I started ringing doorbells. Say the least, the first person wasn’t really nice to me at all. Then it happened. The dog decided he really really really liked me and tried latching on to my leg. All 100 lbs of him.
I firmly grabbed him by the hair on his neck like a Mommy dog (he didn't have a collar) and said NO, SIT. He did listen but was getting more aggressive.
Finally a car came down the road and it turned out to be the owners of the dog.
They didn’t know how he got out of the fence. They said Thank you and Houston and I started on our way but he still continued to follow. The owner finally got him to come to his house.
After it all happened and the adrenalin was gone I thought “What a fool!!!!!!!!!!” We both could have been hurt.
I kept thinking of the stories on the board “How neutered dogs attacked unneutered dogs and Tom’s story about the owner trying to protect his Hav from a Mastiff. Yikes. The reality set in.
So, how should you handle a dog when it approaches you and follows you? My one friend said have treats but I think that only invites then back. Although if you get a rawhide you can throw it and hopefully the dog will go after it and head off back home. Others suggested I should have pepper spray just in case it is an aggressive dog.
So, I was looking for input from you guys. Any ideas? I guess one encounter out of three months of walking is not bad but I guess I should be prepared.