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Dog Attacks Q&A

Dog Attacks Q&A

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The majority of emails I get are from people with dominant and aggressive dogs. The purpose of this Q&A section is to give readers a feel for what can happen when dogs attack other dogs. I also explain what these owners should have done to prevent the dog attacks.


Dear Mr. Frawley,

I just came across your article today and wish that I had read it yesterday not knowing it if it would have even helped or not. I was walking my 9 month old lab/shepherd cross along are usual route. Up ahead a see a dog that I know is aggressive... but he is on a leash and the owner being aware of us coming does the right thing and crosses the street, but without warning the leash snaps and the dog comes running across the street and starts attacking the heck out of my dog. Molly my pup is not aggressive at all..She just tried to stay behind me... I tried to keep walking away with Molly trying to be calm, but the dog off leash was at Molly's back end pulling her in the other direction. The owner came running across the street she was pregnant and there was not much I could do... Not to mention I was right in between my scared dog and this aggressive dog, I did not know what to do. Luckily her husband heard her screaming and managed to come out and grab his dog and run him inside the house ( he was lucky he was not hurt at all) They were very apologetic and even offered their number in case I wanted to report them (I'm not going to).

I just want to know if there was something more I could have done to protect myself and my dog during the fight. I know that being between two dogs in a fight is never a good idea but in this case I had no choice. I did not want to let go of my dogs leash cause I was afraid they would have started to go at it in the middle of on coming traffic. I read that you suggest pepper spray just incase of stray dogs...but would it be right for me to use it when the owner of the dog is right there...I don t know.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Luckily for me Molly is a thick skinned girl and did not even get any puncture wounds.

Thanks again,

Answer to Dog Being Attacked:

You should carry a walking stick. Had you had one you should have attacked this other dog and driven it off. I am talking about a very stout walking stick and very hard stick hits – like as hard as you can physically hit the dog.

Your pup expects you to be a pack leader and a pack leader protects their pack members. THAT’S WHY YOUR DOG GOT BEHIND YOU. So in your dog's eyes you failed.

Once a dog has been attacked it is usually dog aggressive the rest of its life. This is something you are going to have to be aware of.

If you want to learn more about pack behavior read my article on DEALING WITH DOMINANT DOGS.

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