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Old 08-15-2018, 02:16 PM
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YIKES these stories are scary. Most of my loose dog encounters I was on my old horse who was much younger. All I had to do was stay on and wave my riding whip and yell. If it was really aggressive dogs or coyotes I'd let her charge full speed with murder in her eyes and wave the whip yelling like a maniac. That chased off quite a few coyotes even in a pack. She hates dogs so was happy to chase them off and charge to bite or kick them.
On foot my last dog would charge and pin down dogs easily twice his size if they threatened me. He was seventy five pounds and took down mastiffs, German shepherds, whatever. At one stable I was working off some board costs and there was a very possessive gsd who always acted like she was going to attack me. One day she started to charge at me. My last dog flew out of nowhere with one leap landed on her and held her down til her owner came out yelling at me. I then told him to let her go and offered to call the police to report her trying to attack me vs my dog defending me and not harming her at all, and seeing which dog would be in trouble. The guy shut up and put her in the house.

My last dog didn't hesitate, if he felt he had to defend me, or anyone he cared about, he didn't bother with growling or barking or noise or warning sounds. He'd silently just attack. He'd spring, leap on the offending dog, pin them down with his weight and hold them down by the throat. Never once drew blood but scared many bullies into yelping.
Otherwise just standing with tall confident body language and saying firmly NO GO HOME NOW and pointing away has worked. A few times I've had loose dogs approach me with either my last or current dog and I didn't want to risk a fight. I guess I've been lucky so fa
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