Recently, my dh got bit by a Weimaraner during a walk. It was running full speed down the sidewalk and he picked up Jackson and got bit twice. One bite left a lump and bruise on his arm. This dog did not seem real aggressive just maybe overexcited.
It was lucky that we were both walking and each had one dog. Sometimes, I walk both by myself and 99.9 percent of the time there is no problem but there is the occasional dog in the yard or as in this case a dog being walked without a leash.
I have a citronella spray but have not used it yet. Had it out once when a Rottweiler ran across the street at us but she ended up being friendly.
Hopefully, the people with the Weim will learn their lesson. They seemed to realize that we could make a big stink. It is only the 2nd time was have seen it and the first time it was on lead. If it is off again, I will have to report it. I would tell them that but I do not know where they live.
Right now, my husband thinks he has to go with me every time I walk the dogs.
Well minpin, you are not alone. I have stopped walking our small dogs for exactly that reason. It has happened to me three times and the last time was to close for me to even consider taking a chance. Why do people with large dogs think it's okay to scare the daylights out of me and my small dogs. The last time this happened to me, my husband was with me thank goodness. A Lab mix came running up behind us and dove for the smallest of the three dogs, our 8 pound male. Jim hollered and I jerked my dog out of the way and grabbed him. It scared him so bad that he peed on me and it took a few hours for Jim and I to stop shaking. The owner was right behind his dog and he apologized all over the place. I hope he learned a lesson. We have a very large back yard that is fenced in so taking them for a walk isn't needed for exercise, but we enjoyed it. Thanks to irresponsible dog owners we will stay off the streets. I thought about carrying pepper spray but would I be quick enough, with dogs as small as mine one bite would kill or severely injure them. I can't risk it.
***Edited By: Littledogsmom on 8/11/2006 8:51:23 PM*** Reason: *
I hate to even say this but I had a really bad scare once with my pom (before I got Rocky) It was a stray dog that went for us both! anyways we made it and when I am walking now later in the evening I do two things....go where I know whats what on the street and I have pepper spray never never have used it and really won't go for the face just in the air so to speak.....I really don't ever want to hurt an animal ( I really want to hurt the stupid owners of the animal) just don't want to get a bite of us taken out ~ Dee
I'd be interested in ideas also...I have a Border Terrier who loves to play and roughhouse with other dogs, but we've had to stop going to a local dogpark because of a huge dog there that attacks him EVERY time we go. It's about the size of a New Foundland, but it's mostly tan and has longer fur. The owner just says that my dogs looks at Bella funny and sets her off.
I had to quit walking my dogs down the street too. I had Max out one day and the people down the street have a pit bull they let run loose, it started running at us, and I scooped Max up and thought, it will have to get the both of us, luckily the owner was out and saw it running towards us, he called for it and it turned around, we started back towards the house and the dog ended up running towards us 3 time, each time the owner got it away. I was shaking all over when I got home, Max was calm, I don't think he even saw the dog coming.
It is a shame. I know where the Rottweiler lives and avoid that area but this other dog did not live on that street. Georgie wants to play so she does not cooperate when I try to pick her up right away. She was squirming and darting all over the place and the Rottweiler was running around. It was a good thing she was just interested in sniffing.
I also avoid areas where the dog looks out the open screen door. One time a Pug hit the door when we walked by and the door popped open. He was friendly but it taught me not to trust those doors.
It scares me when dogs come running and me and Laredo, and Laredo is around 85lbs. Even if it's a small dog, I'm not taking a chance. I try to pick Laredo up, but I barely can, his feet still touch the ground when I pick him up.
We just bring Dakota on walks, that way if there is a dog after us, she would be the one protecting us. The only dogs that have come after Laredo were males, and they only wanted to sniff Dakota once they saw her, since she's a female.
If a dog is coming after you and you already have you little dog in your arms, you be the boss. Tell the dog that you aren't in his area and talk in a very deep, confident voice. Yell at him to go home or go away. It's worked with us before. When you're in the road walking or on the sidewalk, that's YOUR area. Not the dog running towards you.
Sorry to hear about your scare. When I walk my male Boston we have on occasion attracted the wrong kind of attention from, in particular, large breed males.
At night I always walk with a MagLight flashlight. It's the same light police use as it's very sturdy, hard metal. Usually shining the light directly at the approaching dog makes it stop and worst case senario, it can be used like a bat.
Day time I walk with pepper spray but if an aggressive dog gets that close you're already in big trouble.
So basically, my most successful technique has been to think like them. Become angryly aggressive, make yourself bigger, stare it in the eye and yell loudly.
You may feel alittle silly looking but in my experience it'll make most approaching dogs think again about coming any closer - and any other people too!
lol. I do that with my dog too:) usually when I walk my chi, I only actually let her WALK when there are no other dogs in sight (or other dogs that are distant but leashed). when I see another dog I usually pick her up and hold her, as I walk, until the other dog is gone.
Love the doggie stroller. We have a little red wagon with a cover that we use when we go to flea markets.
The last time a large dog came after us it was from behind and we didn't realize what was going on until the dog was right there. We walk three dogs and it is hard to grab them all.
It seems to me that the owners of the large breeds don't realize the fear they inflict on us. Of the three times this has happened to us, two of the times the owners didn't even acknowledge that anything had happened.
I can't believe how and what toy/small dog owners go through. I actually stumbled across this post and have a small dogs tail to tell. This only just happened today!
As most of you know I have a 4 month old JRT puppy. Turbo and I have only just hit the pavement. Starting our daily walks. I think this is a great way to prep him for his up coming puppy class.
We've been taking the same route everyday. He's always on a leash and very happy to go. This evening a GS came up behind us growling and snapping at Turbo. I didn't hear or even see him at first. It was Turbo who spun around held his ground and began to growl at the GS. I scooped him up very quickly. He tried to squirm out of my arms but I held on tight.
As I started to slowly walk away. The GS tried to lunge after us. It was then I saw his owner come running over. He grabbed his dog by the collar. Meanwhile Turbo is growling and barking at this GS. With heaps of JRT spirit I might add. (LOL)
The owner then says "Is that a JRT you have?". I reply "Yes". He then has the nerve to say "Your dog is too aggressive to be out". At this point my hubby comes running over and put him in his place. The owner that is. (hee hee)
I've had quite a few dogs come out and go after my dogs.I confess many a times, I myself have rushed out and went after the other dog with my arms in the air.Most back off, because my behavior scares them. Unfortunetly Ozzy has been attacked, nothing to serious yet but close.I've given some earfulls to owners.
Wow, do I feel lucky! I live near miles of community trails where most people walk their dogs off leash. We have two pugs that we have been bringing to our off leash park since they were current with immunizations so they are very social and confortable around all dogs. The norm on our trail if we see any dogs approaching off leash while ours are also off leash is to say in a loud voice "our dogs are OK are yours?". Most dogs do better off leash, they are less protective and territorial. In 4 years we've only had one problem on the trails and that was with a grumpy Golden Retriever that rounded the corner quickly and was on a leash. I sometimes think overprotecting a small breed can make things worse, they sense your fear. My pugs have been jumped at the park a few times, I honestly think it's due to there shockingly ugly faces to the larger breeds that have never seen one up close! I have a lot of pug owners that agree with me on that. I just watch the big dogs closely and I'm not timid about telling someone to back there dog off. Lets be honest, little dogs can be ankle biters to the large breeds that just want to have fun. Many large dog owners have told me their dogs are almost fearful of small dogs because of that. I have also owned two Rotts, but believe me, I was very respectful of others natural apprehensions of this breed even though mine were marshmallows. They liked to herd strollers - that didn't go over well at all!!! Anyway, the guy who said your JRT is too aggressive needs his small head examined!
It is not just little dogs. I have a 75 pound lab that I walk and hate when owners have their dogs run loose. I don't want a dog fight. I also worry because I usually have my kids with me and want to protect them. With a little dog you at least have the chance to pick them up I don't know what to do. I will try the yelling to ward them off if I see them coming next time. The guy who said your jrt was too aggressive was out of line. At least you a responsable owner and have your dog under control