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12/10/18 4:52 P

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Ok I have agreed twice! emoticon
I can't delete 2nd post. emoticon

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12/10/18 4:48 P

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I agree. I love animals but still...

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I agree. I love animals but...

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12/10/18 9:50 A

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It's sad that some people don't teach their dogs manners and people suffer for it.
You have some great advice here about not running from them, give them space, and don't look them in the eye. Also don't show your teeth.
we had one dog in our little town that was guarding a drug house and it was very scary when he got loose from his chain. I had to protect our daughter by pepper spraying him.
I hope that you can meet good dogs and their owners and it help you get over you fear.

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This is a fear of mine as well. In childhood I had a couple of incidents where I was chased and/or bitten by dogs. Also, my brother was attacked by a neighbor's doberman pinscher as a child, and sustained some severe injuries. This accounts for my lifelong fear. I can't relax when running in my neighborhood because I'm stressed even if a dog barks at me from behind a fence or "lunges" at me from his owner's leash.

I get in my car and drive ten miles to a park where I can run on the paths which are wide enough to give me plenty of room to go around people walking dogs. Even so, I have sometimes turned around and gone the other way when I see someone walking dogs that look vicious to me. (I don't want to start an argument about how pit bulls are really nice dogs and it is only the owners who don't train them properly, etc. etc. To me they look vicious and I am afraid of them. Period.)

I've never carried any kind of dog repellent, though. I'll have to check into that.



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11/30/18 2:53 P

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Hi Cindy, thanks for your advice and for the lekker chat emoticon. I'm also an animal lover but afraid of some dogs. I saw a photo of you with black or dark brown dog. You're sitting on the ground. Is it the dog you talked about?

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11/30/18 2:28 A

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First, as others have said, don't look them in the eye, that is a challenge. Second, do whatever you can to NOT show ANY fear!! Go someplace else in your mind...envision something funny or stupid...Go to your happy place! If you can, just keep walking at a consistent pace. If they are trailing you, turn and say "No!" and try to ignore the barking or antics. If all else fails, just stop. Hold your hands behind you so you are not threatening, and don't move. They might just want to assess you. But don't show fear! Talk yourself out of it however you need to! Only use harmful devices at last resort! It's not the dogs fault that owners are neglectful!! Evaluate their body language too! If they are wagging and bowing usually it is playful and it's not so worrisome.

I am a animal lover, a dog owner and I have had all types of dogs! I had a very aggressive dog. He was aggressive to men and other dogs. I controlled him at all times on a leash. BUT, I could NOT control him from the ignorant people that let their dogs go free because "they're OK" Yeah, and my dog is not!! When your dog comes up in his face, nothing good is going to happen!! I got caught up in a tumbleweed of their 3!! dogs they let off leash, my 1 aggressive dog I had under control, but the other dogs rushed him and it was a scramble down an embankment I couldn't stop!! It happened more than once! I was so angry I cussed this guy out, I stopped going there, and really my dog was the one that suffered. He was a fear aggressor, so if there hadn't been this tirade of intrusive dogs off leash, we all would be able to get along fine. People with calm dogs have to realize that the fear is there for people AND other dogs!! I don't just let my current dogs roam now because they are calm and docile...nobody knows that but me! They can still be perceived as threatening! One is a little more spicy...but either one...I am not going to trust that people all will get it!! Irresponsible dog ownership!!

PS I got into a verbal argument one time because I had a lab on a Flexi..a runner went by and he basically smelled in his direction...but the guy acted like he assaulted him and he yelled at me about the leash law!! I was like he is you jackass and he never did anything to you!!

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11/26/18 4:28 A

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Goodness!!!! emoticon

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11/24/18 3:12 P

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I have mace, many cans of it:my dad was a police officer, so I inherited them, BUT I also carry bottles of vinegar or bleach. A rotti or pit bull will never let go just because they are poked with a cane or stick. Their jaws grip like a gator.

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11/21/18 1:35 P

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Ksnana, next time you must take your pepper spray and I my tazer. Keep me updated emoticon

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11/21/18 11:06 A

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I've never had trouble with dogs when walking/running (I live in a fairly dense residential area), but I have had issues when out on my bike. I usually yell a really loud, low "NO!", and continue biking as fast as I can to get out of their territory. Haven't been bit yet - honestly, my biggest concern is that we'll crash, injuring me and the dog.

It sounds like it would be a good idea to carry a stick when walking. I would NOT carry treats - that just teaches the dog to come running at you every single time they see you!

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11/20/18 6:30 P

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I used to live in the country and there were so many unfriendly dogs we had trouble taking walks of any distance. In town I had a large dog come snarling and growling at my border collie and me so I yelled 'sit' very loudly. It sat and looked around for its owner . I kept repeating that command while we backed away. Now I try to remember the pepper spray, but usually forget it. Good luck.

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11/12/18 8:22 A

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Does the rod makes a sound like a tazer?

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11/11/18 8:22 P

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A cattle hot-shot is a pretty great tool when it comes to dogs at large. I walk early in the morning with 2 large dogs.. both English mastiffs. Loose dogs will run up and try to start fight and it gets sort of exciting for a few minutes.. but then I started carrying cattle prod and I reach out.. zap the guy that is being aggressive. Doesn't cause and lasting damage but the aggressor leaves faster than they arrive.

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11/10/18 1:19 A

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I agree!

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11/9/18 9:30 P

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I have a big Golden Retriever. He is completely lovable and he would never hurt anyone. But I always have him on his leash when I walk him. Other people may not like a big dog running up to them. Also for his protection. Keep him safe.

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11/6/18 8:57 A

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Hi! Was the bites serious?

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11/6/18 8:08 A

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I've been bit more than once and I now carry either my large walking stick or a smaller metal rod that I use for a walking stick. And yes, I will hit them if they try to bite. I will not be bitten ever again. When a dog approaches I stand perfectly still. And when their totally unaware owner (who is usually carrying the unused leash) tells me they won't bite I always respond that they won't bite them but I want to protect myself.

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11/5/18 4:23 P

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That's too bad! Yes better be safe.

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11/5/18 4:11 P

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I actually live in the country where there are a lot of unleashed dogs [- a lot of pit bulls. Ran across a pack that kept showing up and seemed somewhat threatening. Finally decided I couldn't walk my route in our area w/o hubby, Had to decide to do other exercise because scheduling walking time together was not working.



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11/4/18 1:53 A

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Thanks. I'll sure remember your advice.

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11/3/18 9:35 P

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Ignore dogs that are near your path...but try not to move directly into their territory. Do not make eye contact or reach your hand toward them. If a stray dog starts to chase you, STOP jogging/walking and face it and firmly say NO. You can also try the command: "SIT." If the dog does not stop, it could be a friendly but poorly trained pet that wants to play with you. If the dog does not seem friendly, it would be time to use a device or weapon to defend yourself. Do not try to outrun the dog.

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11/1/18 5:06 P

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Alison, you helped me alot. O yes, well done with your 17 lbs weight loss. emoticon
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My biggest problem is my neighbor's very large friendly lab. He runs up to me and jumps; he is big enough to knock me over and he has hurt my already arthritic knee. My neighbors try to call him back and control him, but he is too enthusiastic about jumping on me. With smaller dogs, I can put up my knee and stop them by getting them off balance. He is too big for that technique. So (based on my neighbor's advice) I simply ignore him -- I don't look at him, talk, or react in any way. Neighbor also explained they have trained him to carry their newpaper; and the dog usually runs up when I am walking to the community mailbox. So now I either turn away from the mailbox OR throw the newspaper away (depending if I am going or coming back).

Re your encounters with stray dogs -- if they seem aggressive or threatening, it is great that you have a stunner. Try not to react; don't run; talk calmly and back away while facing the dog (don't stare at them). If they are running at you from their yard, they may just be protecting their territory.

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I just came back from a walk with my dog and I encountered a neighbors dog not on a leash, I had a small stick in my hand and I kept telling the dog no in a loud firm tone as he advanced and I started walking backwards with my dog until the owner can to get her dog. People please remember leash your pets! My dog is recovering from a severe back injury caused by a dog attack!

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10/29/18 4:41 A

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Your suggestions are great! emoticon

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10/29/18 2:51 A

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A dog repellent, noise or chemical, is a good idea. You can also carry dog treats or food that dogs will like. Basically, you want to distract them, so they don't focus on you anymore.

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10/29/18 12:13 A

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I'm going out for a walk now. Hope my four footed friends are still sleeping. Lol Thanks. Have a good week emoticon

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10/28/18 9:46 P

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I have always found that if I speak firmly to the dogs and say NO in a strong tone they will stay away. You also might want to carry a good size stick.



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10/28/18 9:28 A

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I will keep your advice in mind when I walk. Thank you. emoticon

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Are these dogs fenced or not? If so, you shouldn't have too much too worry about. If not, you may want to carry pepper spray or something, if it's legal in your area.

Are they in the same area? If they are, then I would make sure you are walking and talk to the dog as you approach. If you are running, that may cause the dog to think you have less than nice things in mind and see you as something to attack.

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10/27/18 4:20 P

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The unleashed dogs I encounter while walking are in their yards behind fencing.
They have never been a problem.

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That is good advice but my biggest concern is the dogs on their lonesome...onesome emoticon

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I’m an animal person so I usually greet them cautiously and ask owner if they are friendly. Have had good encounters most of the time. Sorry, I know that doesn’t help you.



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I thought this is the appropriate place to ask... any suggestions?

I'm afraid of large dogs, and the small ones that nips at your heels. While I'm walking or running my ears and eyes (like saucers) emoticon are on alert. It doesn't make for a good exercise session! I bought a small stunt thingy (as big as a lipstick) that fits in my pocket. Just to make a noise to scare them away.

What do you do?

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