|Barked: Wed Apr 3, '13 12:04pm PST |
|I know this probably won't help based on where your frustration and mindset are, but I do echo those who have posted reflecting the concept of controlling these loose dogs on your own during your walks. I have a different problem from you....big dogs, but also studdy, intact and territorial. I can't really afford a nose-to-nose with a loose dog, and they do get drawn in. But it never is anything I can't control, and the more you do it, the more confident you feel.
Most dogs will respond to a remote warning from you that you see them and are unhappy. Even to use words they may (by odds) know.... such as "no!," or "bad dog!" or "go!" Minimally, they will at least slow down or get more cautious. Particularly when you come to a stop, stand tall, use sure arm gestures, and stare like you mean it.
One thing to keep in mind with loose dogs is laws of averages....odds are they do not go around attacking other dogs, or they'd have gotten in trouble by now. Odds are they know how to work the streets and keep out of trouble. So if you act like you mean it, you likely are ok. Where this may not be true is the far rarer instance of a dog busted out of his yard and is sort of aroused, inept, keyed up, but most loose dogs you see aren't that.
I also liked the idea of the umbrella Gizmo gave Not only for the shock value, but anything to make yourself look bigger....hold high in the air, or bang on the ground. Really strong advice there, IMO. If you can look bigger, louder or more imposing, another thing to make them think twice about an approach. They are STILL dogs, don't forget, and at the day do respond to people.
I am sure because you are nervous already, all this may not even sound like a strategy, but trust me....it is. I have been walking dogs forever, and have yet to have an incident. Perhaps, taking test walks without your pooch and practicing these skills on loose dogs without that worry will build your confidence, and from there you can move forward.
Edited by author Wed Apr 3, '13 12:06pm PST
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