|Barked: Mon May 14, '12 4:27pm PST |
|My dog was attacked by an off-leash phyco Labrador before. This occurred on a hiking trail that permitted off leash dogs. My dog was off leash like usual on hiking trails. I don't think if Milton was on a leash it would of made a difference. Before the attack the owner yelled loudly "is your dog friendly!!!". Her lab was a lot bigger than my 15 pound rat dog. He quickly ran towards Milton hackles raised, barking and snarling. He knocked Milton over. Milton was minding his own business and smelling the scents.
The lab handler was aggressive. Her yelling was startling. She was obviously panicking. Her behavior probably had a lot to do with her dog's aggressive reaction. I think dogs can pick up on all human emotions and will react to them. These reactions can be inappropriate. Be cool, be level, try not to react. Keep on walking!
Best thing you can do is to remain calm. The lab backed off. I hike often with my dog and seldom have issues. I think being calm makes a huge difference. If an off leash dog is sighted, I don't react. I keep walking and don't look at the other dog. If I don't react or become nervous, my dog will more likely ignore the other dog and follow my lead. He does this off leash too. Most dogs I encounter when hiking are friendly. It helps if both sides remain calm. If another dog approaches and is behaving normally, I allow my dog to interact and will acknowledge the other dog. I often praise my dog for good reactions to other dogs, like ignoring reactive dogs or greeting another dog in a friendly manner.. I reinforce good behaviors.
Reactive dog handlers, my dog will not approach a dog who is pulling at the leash, barking, whining, snarling, ect. He is an experienced well socialized and balanced dog who's been around the block. He will ignore your dog off and on leash. Reactive dogs are not a reason for me to leash my dog. I can not even count the times reactive dogs have pulled hard on their leashes towards my dog while I calmly walk by with either no leash or an unlocked flexi with my dog at my side.
I don't carry mace, just a gnarly knife. It is for stabbing mountain lions or rapists, not other dogs.
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