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Oh Erika I'm so sorry! How horrible for you. I'm glad you're both OK! I've been taking DH's walking cane with me. Most situations I have no doubt Ky could handle but I don't want her to have to so I carry it in the hand that holds her leash since she's easy on leash and Bentley on the other side.

I don't know what to tell you but I know the next walks will be scary. {{{Hugs}}}
Thank you Joyce. I guess I'm going to have to start taking something with me but I know walks are definitely not going to be the same at least for a while.
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This might not work if you don't see the dog coming, but when Molly and I are approaching something or someone I know she will get distracted by, I put her in an informal heel and I ask for her attention as we walk. We will walk past the distraction with no problems.

Could you tell Chester to leave it? That works with Molly when I don't want her meeting a person or dog.


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He knows leave it. Ive just never thought to use it on people or distractions. Thank you for this I'll def try it. He's just gets so distracted very easy we've been practicing look at me but once we get outside its totally different and he won't do it unless i have treats.

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Had a very similar experience with my Baxter a few years ago. On a normal walk down the road (woods on both sides) and two huge black dogs came out of the woods. Both looked mean and were growling. Baxter knew something was wrong. I never saw Bax look mean until right then. This was when he was only 30 lbs or so. He was greatly outmatched. I scooped him up and headed back towards the house. The dogs followed (about 10 ft behind) for a good mile. Had to kick one that came charging at one point. Scariest thing ever. I was so worried they were going to hurt my baby boy.

Anyway, glad you and your baby are okay. You should call and report this to animal control. It may not lead to anything but it could possible save someone else from getting into the same terrible situation.
Im sorry you went through this. Im grateful I didn't have to kick this dog, but i was terrified when i pushed him off of chester i thought he would bite me. I kept thinking about a thread i read on here and someone putting their arm in between a dog fight and getting attacked i didn't know what to do. Nothing prepares you for something like this

I did contact animal control already they said they would check around. Which i doubt because the area i live around no one seems to care about stray dogs because half of these owners always have their dogs with no leash.I just cant wait to graduate, and move.
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In our obedience class, we learned the command "bypass" when walking by other dogs. The command tells your dog to not sniff, and to ignore the other dog.
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In our obedience class, we learned the command "bypass" when walking by other dogs. The command tells your dog to not sniff, and to ignore the other dog.
How did you teach this?
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Im so sorry you had to deal with this... that is awful. I had a similar situation and it shook me up too. someone on the forum mentioned carrying a can of wasp spray as a deterant.
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I'm sorry you went through this! With my previous dog Amber, I had a similar experience. We were out walking and out of nowhere this little ankle biter-sized breed came running across the street, barking and lunging at Amber! This was especially bad because Amber was a rescue, over 3 years old, and while she was the sweetest, most loyal dog with me, she was cautious around strangers and didn't like other dogs at all (and back then I was ignorant to training older dogs with regard to socialization).

Anyway, I was so afraid of what was going to happen, because I had no idea who owned the little dog, I wasn't sure how to get it to go away since it kept following us. I had even contemplated kicking the little one because it just wouldn't GO, but couldn't bring myself to do so, thank God. Amber kept barking and growling and lunging on the leash, and since she was 50 pounds I couldn't exactly pick her up and go home, plus no one else was around.

Somehow I managed to get us away from the little dog, but I often worried afterward about what would happen if a big dog came up to us one day, since with little dogs she would eventually calm down, but big dogs meant she was ALWAYS on the defensive. So glad you got away without getting hurt!
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I'm sorry you went through this! With my previous dog Amber, I had a similar experience. We were out walking and out of nowhere this little ankle biter-sized breed came running across the street, barking and lunging at Amber! This was especially bad because Amber was a rescue, over 3 years old, and while she was the sweetest, most loyal dog with me, she was cautious around strangers and didn't like other dogs at all (and back then I was ignorant to training older dogs with regard to socialization).

Anyway, I was so afraid of what was going to happen, because I had no idea who owned the little dog, I wasn't sure how to get it to go away since it kept following us. I had even contemplated kicking the little one because it just wouldn't GO, but couldn't bring myself to do so, thank God. Amber kept barking and growling and lunging on the leash, and since she was 50 pounds I couldn't exactly pick her up and go home, plus no one else was around.

Somehow I managed to get us away from the little dog, but I often worried afterward about what would happen if a big dog came up to us one day, since with little dogs she would eventually calm down, but big dogs meant she was ALWAYS on the defensive. So glad you got away without getting hurt!
Thank You. I'm sorry you went through that as well. If the rotweiller was more violent I dont think chester and i would have came out ok.
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I am so very sorry that this happened to you and Chester-you were very brave.
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Oh my goodness, Erika - so scary!! I am freaking out just reading it. This is exactly what I worry about with Winston, he is so young and sweet and has such a nice little temperament, I don't want him to have to deal with anything like this. My boyfriend thinks I'm crazy overprotective, but I get so nervous about all other dogs I don't know while we walk, especially since I've been walking them separately so I can focus on loose leash walking with Winston. I'm glad you guys are both alright!
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I hate that it happened to you and Chester but happy nobody was injured. We have been charged several times on our walks but only once (10 years ago) did the charging dog make contact. What has worked for me several times is to make myself as tall as possible (square shoulders, head high), turn my body sideways, put my hand up in a stop sign and in my deepest voice shout "Stop, go home" then turn around and turn a street corner to get out of sight.

I quite understand where you come from when you say your outlook on walks will not be the same ; it is a pity when walks become an exercise in spotting loose dogs for fear of a charge.

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