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Old 11-07-2011, 01:07 AM
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How to respond to another person's aggressive dog

I just came back from a hike in our local hills where off leash dogwalking is popular. As I was hiking along a couple with their dog ahead of them came trotting up towards me at a quick pace and I stopped, allowing for the dog to come up and sniff me, thinking that would be the best, least threatening behavior. The dog still growled at me and I did not feel safe. I did not bend down to offer the back of my hand but did maintain eye contact, not being sure what the dog would do next.
My question is is this: What is the best way to deal with an agressive dog in a public area? (not "their" territory) Should I have kept walking along towards the dog? maintained eye contact or not? What if it had started to nip at me? Growled back, kicked, or lunged towards it to "show who is boss"
Secondarily, any advice as to how to deal with a rude owner? He didn't make any attempt to call back the dog and when he approached and i said that I did not appreciate being growled at by his unleashed dog he said "I hear you" and made a prefunctory sorry.
I like dogs (and people, if they are well behaved) and was just trying to go about my business. Researching for advice, I learned that the most common injury in the local park district is dog bites. Not wanting to join that statistic, advice is appreciated
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Carry pepper spray. Remind people of leash laws and that a bite can mean their dog being put down. Tell them next time you will pepper spray their dog if it is approaching you in an aggressive manner. Also, don't look a dog in the eyes; it is a threatening gesture to dogs.

Seriously. A few weeks ago my neighbor was walking his dog and got attacked by a stray (wearing a collar). If people are dumb enough not to leash their unsafe dogs, it is their own fault and unfortunate for the dog. It's sad that the dog that bit my neighbor was put down because someone was too stupid to keep their dog-aggressive dog in an enclosed environment. Dog owners need to be responsible.

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Don't look the dog in it's eyes.
Turn to the side to make yourself appear smaller.
Read this "sticky" on calming signals http://www.dogforum.com/dog-behavior...signals-10084/

I would not use pepper spray, most people only end up spraying themselves, it can blow back in your face.
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If you're being attacked by an aggressive dog, you better hope you have something. The only reason my neighbor got away from the other dog and his dog wasn't killed was because it lock jawed onto his arm and he and another neighbor punched and kicked the dog to get it off. There are a lot of strays in my area, and I would rather have pepper spray than make myself feel small if an 80 lb dog is attacking me and my 10 lb chi. Just giving you another perspective. Better safe than sorry.

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I really love dogs, but one thing I really hate is an aggressive dog without a reason due to his owner not caring to educate him. There are many little dogs that would bark at people aggressively while the owner just goes "he's nice, he won't bite! ", and that's really annoying coz these people don't understand dog behaviour at all nor they care for how other people feel. I'd just feel like kicking the dog far far away lol but then it's not his fault.

Usually, I'd just walk away from the dog as if nothing is happening and avoid eye contact. But if he tries to bite or so, I'd try to scare him away with yelling "hey!" or "shoo!", as long as he's small dog only of course lol (with big ones you wouldn't really want to do that).
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it depends on the situation, you, and the dog... walking away can sometimes trigger a bit of a chase from the dog...

i would definitely keep the dog in sight, but i would not stare at it, as a "hard stare" is threatening to dogs.

totally ditto seebrown's suggestion of pepper spray... better than trying to beat the dog off of you if you are worried about how to spray it, there are youtube videos that will give you some good pointers
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