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Old 10-02-2019, 03:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So late last night while we were on our walk, another dog escaped out the front door of it's house, ran straight across the road and attacked my Boxer Princess. It managed to get one bite on her before my protective instincts kicked in and I put my foot up it's a$$. I know it's the owners fault and not the dog, however, I lashed out instantly to protect mine.

What are your thoughts on this?

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Old 10-02-2019, 05:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I would have and have done the same thing! That makes me so angry! I feel there is no excuse to let your dog escape your property. I walk a lot and have had dogs come after us before fortunately the owner has come out of the house or I have managed to scare the dog off. I had a really bad scare once walking in a national park there was a home that backed up to the park property and they had some big nasty looking dogs I have no idea what they were except they were nearly hairless and big and ugly they made this terrible screaming sound I still have no idea what they were, they had one of those electric buried in the ground fences and they came hard charging right to the line it frightened me so bad because I didn't expect it fortunately they stopped at the line but I wonder how people can be so confident in such a fence? A little zap of the collar isn't going to stop most determined dogs. I am having some difficulty now where I walk with a woman who can't /won't control her golden retrievers who are dog aggressive I can see she and I are going to have it out! I also take my dogs to a local dog park to let them run, I go early when no one is there, a man showed up with a GSD so I pulled my dogs up to the side of the path well away from him and his dog immediately started barking hair up tail up very aggressive man starts thumping the dog saying leave it so I finally get my dogs to my car and start giving them water and he keeps walking back in forth in front of my car yelling at his dog leave it! I was like Dude can you please give me a break! Some people are SO clueless! It makes it hard to relax and enjoy being out with your dog! Was your Princess hurt? I hope not.
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I would have and have done the same thing! That makes me so angry! I feel there is no excuse to let your dog escape your property. I walk a lot and have had dogs come after us before fortunately the owner has come out of the house or I have managed to scare the dog off. I had a really bad scare once walking in a national park there was a home that backed up to the park property and they had some big nasty looking dogs I have no idea what they were except they were nearly hairless and big and ugly they made this terrible screaming sound I still have no idea what they were, they had one of those electric buried in the ground fences and they came hard charging right to the line it frightened me so bad because I didn't expect it fortunately they stopped at the line but I wonder how people can be so confident in such a fence? A little zap of the collar isn't going to stop most determined dogs. I am having some difficulty now where I walk with a woman who can't /won't control her golden retrievers who are dog aggressive I can see she and I are going to have it out! I also take my dogs to a local dog park to let them run, I go early when no one is there, a man showed up with a GSD so I pulled my dogs up to the side of the path well away from him and his dog immediately started barking hair up tail up very aggressive man starts thumping the dog saying leave it so I finally get my dogs to my car and start giving them water and he keeps walking back in forth in front of my car yelling at his dog leave it! I was like Dude can you please give me a break! Some people are SO clueless! It makes it hard to relax and enjoy being out with your dog! Was your Princess hurt? I hope not.
Thanks for replying. She has slight physical damage - I'm just hoping this doesn't change her temperament. She is great with all dogs.

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Old 10-02-2019, 09:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I fully understand. One must protect their dog and themselves. And then you have those who say Oh don't worry he is friendly! I think I despise those the most. I don't want someones dog in my space, end of story. When I got my last dog (standard poodle) I got him specifically so I could take long walks and feel comfortable with him at my side. Well I no longer walk because so many of my neighbors saw nothing wrong with allowing their "friendly" dogs out front on their lawns unleashed. My dog no longer likes any dog running up to him, it scared him and thats it. I'm old and need to be careful of falling so I just haven't risked fate anymore. I have been desenitiing him and that has helped but I no longer feel comfortable to walk in an area where someones dog will run after me. I don't want to hear their apologies anymore I just want them to be responsible enough to not allow this to happen. I have owned dogs for well over 40 years and not once has my dog escaped and gone into someone else space.
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I look at my job to protect my dog and I would have done the same. Whatever it takes to get the other dog away I would have done. A swift kick to the ass is a decent outcome for the attacking dog. I'm glad that worked and your girl didn't get injured.
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I'm glad your baby is physically OK. It's a reasonable fear that she may be weary of other new dogs from the encounter. I'd say that depends on so many things that you'll have to wait and see.

We had an unusual situation with a female boxer we tried to adopt a few years ago. The relevant part is that she attacked our super timid big boxer, Tundra, 3 times. Luckily she never drew blood and luckily he didn't fight back (he was almost twice her size and a power chewer). She would grab his neck suddenly and not let go.

I don't think you really know what your base instincts are in a situation like your dog being attacked until it happens. I could be wrong, but I think people respond differently.
I think what you did was a reasonable response, and what a lot of people would do.

When Tundra was attacked, my immediate response was to get her off him whatever that took. You don't always have time to think about the other dog hurting you or you being in the middle of a dog fight.

Tundra is still OK around other dogs and people. He's always been a little reserved, but that's his personality.

Other owners should be more responsible- for both their dogs protection and everyone else.
Chip will likely respond and he carries a stick and has other experience that may help you.

I think you did the right thing in that situation.
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Well to be clear, you did fine and did nothing wrong?? Most of us consider it "our job" to "Protect Our Dog's." You did fine with what you had, which sounds like uh "nothing aside from "determination!"

Now that can work, as it is how I deterred "attempted" assaults for year's. But it's not a lot of fun and I wanted to come up with a solution that "anyone" can use! And I did, and it's been "Dog Tested" (Live fire Drill as it were.) and "Dog Approved" by Rocky (over Size Working Line GSD) aka stray dog magnet?? We had 15 such encounters under or belts before he passed.

And he only got nipped once ... when I foolishly lead us into a "Perfect Storm!" Rocky was fine ... I was seriously ticked off!!! But I digress.

Most likely you faced the "old ambush predator ploy!" And I'm gonna guess you were on foot and close to home??? OH, oh gotta go be back later. Glad your dog is OK, sorry this happened.
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Well to be clear, you did fine and did nothing wrong?? Most of us consider it "our job" to "Protect Our Dog's." You did fine with what you had, which sounds like uh "nothing aside from "determination!"

Now that can work, as it is how I deterred "attempted" assaults for year's. But it's not a lot of fun and I wanted to come up with a solution that "anyone" can use! And I did, and it's been "Dog Tested" (Live fire Drill as it were.) and "Dog Approved" by Rocky (over Size Working Line GSD) aka stray dog magnet?? We had 15 such encounters under or belts before he passed.

And he only got nipped once ... when I foolishly lead us into a "Perfect Storm!" Rocky was fine ... I was seriously ticked off!!! But I digress.

Most likely you faced the "old ambush predator ploy!" And I'm gonna guess you were on foot and close to home??? OH, oh gotta go be back later. Glad your dog is OK, sorry this happened.
Thanks Chip, and yes I was near home when this happened.

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I'm glad your baby is physically OK. It's a reasonable fear that she may be weary of other new dogs from the encounter. I'd say that depends on so many things that you'll have to wait and see.



We had an unusual situation with a female boxer we tried to adopt a few years ago. The relevant part is that she attacked our super timid big boxer, Tundra, 3 times. Luckily she never drew blood and luckily he didn't fight back (he was almost twice her size and a power chewer). She would grab his neck suddenly and not let go.



I don't think you really know what your base instincts are in a situation like your dog being attacked until it happens. I could be wrong, but I think people respond differently.

I think what you did was a reasonable response, and what a lot of people would do.



When Tundra was attacked, my immediate response was to get her off him whatever that took. You don't always have time to think about the other dog hurting you or you being in the middle of a dog fight.



Tundra is still OK around other dogs and people. He's always been a little reserved, but that's his personality.



Other owners should be more responsible- for both their dogs protection and everyone else.

Chip will likely respond and he carries a stick and has other experience that may help you.



I think you did the right thing in that situation.
Thanks Cyn. I'm hoping as it was all over in a few seconds it won't leave a permanent change.

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I look at my job to protect my dog and I would have done the same. Whatever it takes to get the other dog away I would have done. A swift kick to the ass is a decent outcome for the attacking dog. I'm glad that worked and your girl didn't get injured.
Thanks Matt.

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