|Barked: Thu Dec 22, '11 9:35am PST |
|Just updating my post to share an excellent post at Allexperts from Shelley Davis, owner of Bed & Biscuit at http://en.allexperts.com/q/Dogs-701/St-Bernard-somtimes-become.htm . It seems full of very sage advice for dog owners regarding aggressive behaviors or potentially aggressive behaviors in dogs.
However, I do not own this dog and, since I cannot control the owner's behavior, I still need recommendations as to what I can do to improve the situation or, if need be, defend myself without worsening the aggression.
Someone suggested using a spray bottle of water, but, while I think that could work coming from the owner (and presumed pack leader), it could make it worse coming from someone who is considered to be outside the pack by the dog. Plus, since I want to avoid escalating the interpersonal strain already developing over the dog's behavior, I would need the owner's permission to do that, and I don't think that would be forthcoming.
As a last resort, if the dog breaks loose and comes at me, I am wondering if pepper spray is effective or not. I have never had to consider such options before in my entire life and have no personal experience to go on at all in this matter.
Also, for some reason my avatar on this post indicates I have been a member since 12/31/1969 - this is wrong. I just joined on 12/19/2011 and don't know what has caused the change from my original post on that date.
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