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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-27-2015, 06:32 AM Thread Starter
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Almost attacked again!

Hi everyone,
I need some advise on an incident that seems to be getting more regular for Teddy.

Every morning, Teddy & I go for a walk before I leave for work. Its Teddy & my special time to do something fun and he is always excited about being out.

Most people in the neighbourhood with dogs absolutely love their furry friends and take good care of them. There are a few aggressive dogs but they are usually walked on leash (as are the well behaved dogs) and never left out in the estate unaccompanied.

Lately, there's a neighbour who doesnt seem to care about his dog. She's generally a good dog and doesn't harm people or kids.

However, she seems to try attack all the small sized dogs as she is much larger.
I think she may have claimed a stretch of the road as her territory and defends it against other dogs. Sadly, part of it unavoidable.

There is never anyone watching over her and she keeps coming out of nowhere during our walk and tries to attack Teddy.
I didn't see her coming today and she was a second away from biting Teddy.

I manged to stop her by shouting at her and kicking her and almost got bitten in the process. Teddy was very scared but got out without injury (5 days in a row!!).

I saw the owner as I was driving to work and stopped him to complain about his dog. When I told him that his dog almost bit Teddy AGAIN!, he didn't seem concerned and said, "yeah, she likes to bite small dogs because she thinks they are cats".
After I mentioned that I almost got bitten too whilst defending Teddy, he then claimed that the dog isn't his and just follows him around because he gives it a bowl of milk every morning!

I don't know what to do.
I feel bad for having to throw a stone towards her - to scare her (if I see her approaching us) or kick her every time she tries to bite Teddy.

Its becoming a daily problem and I need to find a solution before she bites Teddy, another dog or gets injured by people trying to defend their dogs from her.

Does anyone know what I can do to get her to stay away from us? The owner just doesn't care and she is terrorizing all the small dogs when they get taken for walks.
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 08-27-2015, 08:55 AM
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I see you're from Kenya. Do they have leash laws there? If so, I would contact the authorities and see if they can enforce or fine the owner. Are there other pups that have been attacked? If so I would talk to their owners and see if you can all get together to talk to this person. If this person claims the dog is not theirs you can contact animal control, if they have that option, and have the dog taken away as a stray especially if it's aggressive. You could also carry some type of pepper spray and give the dog a spray when it approaches I'm sure it will learn to stay away from you. There's a bigger concern here that if this dog is not owned by anyone it's probably not vaccinated and could carry rabies or something else that could harm you or your dog that would be the driving force behind me doing something to stop this. You're lucky that nothing has happened thus far and are being very patient, I wouldn't be.

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this dog needs to be taken in by the authorities. What are the laws on stray dogs.?

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I wouldn't take Teddy for a walk where this dog could possibly harm you or Teddy. Do you have animal control in your area?

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Not sure of the laws on dogs and leashes.

I was talking to a neighbour and found out that the animal control department came and took another dog that used to hang around.

He never was a problem but they put him down from what I hear.
I'd rather not get this dog put down. Just want to find a way to get her to leave Teddy alone.

I'll be walking him half way then turn back so we don't have to walk past "her territory" until someone finds a solution.


Does anyone know any techniques or tricks to scare her away without hurting her?
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Not sure of the laws on dogs and leashes.

I was talking to a neighbour and found out that the animal control department came and took another dog that used to hang around.

He never was a problem but they put him down from what I hear.
I'd rather not get this dog put down. Just want to find a way to get her to leave Teddy alone.

I'll be walking him half way then turn back so we don't have to walk past "her territory" until someone finds a solution.


Does anyone know any techniques or tricks to scare her away without hurting her?
If you really WANT to try to stop the behavior, I'd go armed with a bunch of kibble and a can of pepper spray. Have the pepper spray on hand, in case the first method doesn't work. When you see her coming toward you throw a BIG handful of kibble, as far as you can, directly between you and her. This may first startle her, then distract her as she hunts for the food. Over tim, it may make her think that seeing you (and Teddy) is a "good thing".

But if she's REALLY over the top, a little food isn't going to change her mind. In which case, be ready to spray her with the pepper spray. Just don't take ANY chance of either you OR Teddy getting bitten. We've already had one forum dog almost killed by a larger dog recently!!!

Personally, I'd have animal control come take the dog away.


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Not sure of the laws on dogs and leashes.

I was talking to a neighbour and found out that the animal control department came and took another dog that used to hang around.

He never was a problem but they put him down from what I hear.
I'd rather not get this dog put down. Just want to find a way to get her to leave Teddy alone.

I'll be walking him half way then turn back so we don't have to walk past "her territory" until someone finds a solution.


Does anyone know any techniques or tricks to scare her away without hurting her?
If you really WANT to try to stop the behavior, I'd go armed with a bunch of kibble and a can of pepper spray. Have the pepper spray on hand, in case the first method doesn't work. When you see her coming toward you throw a BIG handful of kibble, as far as you can, directly between you and her. This may first startle her, then distract her as she hunts for the food. Over tim, it may make her think that seeing you (and Teddy) is a "good thing".

But if she's REALLY over the top, a little food isn't going to change her mind. In which case, be ready to spray her with the pepper spray. Just don't take ANY chance of either you OR Teddy getting bitten. We've already had one forum dog almost killed by a larger dog recently!!!

Personally, I'd have animal control come take the dog away.
Thanks Krandall,

That sounds like a good idea.
I'm hoping my very angry conversation with the owner will have been taken seriously.

I'll make some calls over the weekend to find out about what can be done to get her rehomed (or to get her owner a warning to keep her off the streets).

Pepper spray is illegal here so that's not an option.

kibble may help.

The dog never seemed to have an issue with Teddy before.
We had a problem with her in the first 2 weeks when I got Teddy but I was training him to walk on leash so had lots of treats with me.

I used them a few times to distract her (and a few other dogs - who are now friends with Teddy) when they would come closer to us to give us time to walk away.
she never came too close to us before.

Thinking about it now, I don't know if I accidentally encouraged her to come near Teddy?
We've been away for over a month so she may have forgotten Teddy.

I'll be avoiding the part of the estate that she seems to think she owns and walking with a stick (like the other neighbours) or a spray bottle filled with cold water.
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I would stay completely out of that dog's area until this issue is taken care of.

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I also would stay completely away. It is difficult to get away from a large attacking dog.

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Stay away & also carry a big walking pole (stick).
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