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Dogs not kept on their dog leash

Thursday, July 1, 2010
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-leashWhen you’re walking your dog and suddenly an unleashed dog comes charging toward you, it can be extremely scary.  Such a scenario can happen, it did to me, so be prepared to defend your dog. Stop immediately and stand your ground.  Hold out your arm and say firmly “no, go home.”  It’s helpful to be carrying a stick or a big umbrella, as these tools will command the charging dog’s attention and often stop him in his tracks.  Create a protective bubble in your mind and refuse to let the strange dog cross the line. If your dog trusts you, he won’t feel the need to protect you. Let him know you have the situation under control. Calmly stand your ground until the unfamiliar dog backs off, then slowly walk away. Some owners refuse to keep dogs on their dog leash when they’re in the park. This is not a danger to only other dogs but is a danger to adults and children as well.



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