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Fending off dog attacks
Today, like everyday, I walked down my street with my dog, and in one particular house, two Staffordshire Terrier-type dogs slammed against the window, barking and snarling at us, then when we passed out of view of the window, they ran through the house, out a door, and across the yard to bark at us behind the fence. I've always thought that one day they would break through the window (which is usually open, so there's only a flimsy screen) or bust through the shoddy, needs-to-be-replaced fence to get to us. Well, that finally happened.
As we walked past, they were barking in the window and I was praising my girl for not reacting to them. We got a house or two down when I heard a crash. Sure enough, they broke through the fence. I immediately put my dog behind me and stepped firmly toward them and yelled, "Get out of here!" They backed off, but as soon as I turned my back, they came at us again. I did the same thing a second time, only firmer, and that time they took off for good. I hurried home.
Lesson learned for me:
Dogs WILL break through a fence if determined enough, but no matter what show they're putting on (hackles up, tail high, ears back, snarling) you can probably get them to back off if you're forceful enough with them.
Lesson learned for my dog:
She has no need to react to strange dogs because she can trust that I will handle them.
RIP Forrest (GSD) 9/1/16 - 5/14/17
Archer (GSD) 4/30/19