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    Default Stopping a dog fight - nearly sh**t myself!

    Yesterday, i had taken both my dogs for a 'different' outing. To walk on leash, through residential roads.

    All had gone well with lose leash training in the new environment. I had visited my son and his pup for a play date. I was walking down the road when bernie suddenly started barking at something behind me. I turned and there was what i think was a huskie, hackles up, full on eye contact, ear fully erect, snarling right at me. I looked away quickly, but too late. He lunged at me for a bite. Still have both my dogs on leash. I roared at the huskie to shoo him away, and both he and bernie decided that was the signal for game on. The huskie comes at me again. And bernie knocks me flying onto my arse, as he leaps to be between huskie and me. Bernie is a large GSD, and long haired, so looks larger still, the huskie was the same size.
    They had that tussle where its all teeth and trousers, no contact.
    The huskie decided that this was not the fight to pick, and backed off.

    I gathered the dog leads back up. And we left. I was a jibbering wreck, scared, shaking, bruised to buggery from my tumble, and then cried.

    Pohm, bernie's wife, got to grovelling on the floor during the fight, hey she may of taken her lead from me as i was on my arse too.

    The dogs were not 'in contact' and the fight was rapidly started and ended. the entire incident lasted no longer than a minute i guess. But i cried for 2 sodding hours. This really shook me up!
    Im posting to let people know, that know matter what you have read in readiness, (k9 etc) on how to handle, when push comes to shove....... you can like draw a complete blank?

    Ive learnt that i do not bounce back as fast i used to. Also that i dont bounce anymore.

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    Adrenaline dumping can do that, draw a blank, sort of shut down everything temporarily including movement. Or it can make you think and act crystal clear with extremely fast reflexes, it's just what happens. luck of the draw unless you are conditioned to its responses like people such as K9 have developed over many years. (since we are talking dogs)

    I'm glad there was no contact.
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    Hope the bum's OK mate....

    That would have been a bit scary for sure....i've seen 2 people get bit by thier own dogs trying to break up fights. These days i just let them duke it out unless i can hose the offenders. The only time i've ever tried to get involved physically is if it looks like someones gunna bleed or worse......a dog pinned by the throat or somthing similar...then i'll go in fists and feet first.....and if i can grab a nutbag full...all the better.

    It's the noise that shocks me.........a dog squeeling in fright gets my heart racing and self preservation goes out the window. When the addrenalin settles down later i get major back spasm's that hurt so much i cant move. It's not a nice situation for anyone or any dog to be in.


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    Well, God help anyone who ever decides to hurt you. I suspect Bernie will protect you to the death! Be kind to yourself - in a frightful situation we never really know how we are going to react. And I think a good old cry afterwards is healthy and shows how much you love your dogs and feared for them and yourself.

    Fortunately (or should that be unfortunately) for me I have only ever been involved in two attacks. The first I picked up my KCC and climbed (yes, climbed) onto a strangers car and stood there and cried until someone came to my rescue. Still not sure why I cried - I think it was because it was so unexpected. And, yes, I was so shaken I could not get off the car without assistance (when I think back to it now how embarrassing!!!)

    The other time I had three dogs on a lead and was attacked by two boxers (one younger and an older one). I couldn't believe the sudden strength I had. I hung onto the leads for dear life as I was near a busy road. Lashed out at the younger dog with my foot and grabbed the older one by the collar, twisted it and lifted his front feet off the ground and physically dragged him and my three still on leads into his own backyard, closed the gate and then yelled like a banshee until the owners came out and got their younger dog who by this time probably had sore ribs from my size eight and a halves. I was puffed out, absolutely angry as anything but feeling quite proud of myself at the same time.

    Now go figure ... two very different reactions to similar situations. We do our best in times of stress. I am guessing a pillow for your bum is going to be your new best friend for the rest of the week. If it were me my partner would be told to "kiss my arse"! And, I would expect him to comply!

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    Yep your right you never know how you will react until it happens.

    Sorry it happened, it is tough. But as you land in more of these events, you get better in the situations.

    Bernie stood by you, good for him.........
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    no matter how well trained in somthign you are, the first couple of times you draw a blank...... happened to me when a lady took a heap of water in at the beach and stopped breathing.... i had all the cpr training but i froze...... luckily i came to and got my a into g and she managed to get taken away by an ambo breathing and responsive.....
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    I never go in between. I just throw a bucket of water on them.. most of the time it works.. it has worked.

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    Oh dear Bernie, hope you are ok now...i would probably react the same way after...Sounds like you have a brilliant pooch!! I hate walking when I see a stray, if i spot them from a distance, I totally want to avoid them, luckily Oskar hasnt met one on our walks. Hugs to you!

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    Hi Bernie

    I think I would have been the same. When I get emotional (Scared, angry, sad) it lasts for ages.

    When you're feeling a little bit better - it would be a good idea to report the Huski to your local council. The next person or dog who walks into its field of attention might seriously hurt. There was a white one in our neighbourhood that got brought a few times to our dog park by someone who didn't really speak English and it made several small dogs bleed - which the owners did not report and then it had a go at me and Frosty - which I did report. A serious PITA process but it stopped that dog from coming to our park again.

    Use google maps to figure out where you were when the huski attacked you and phone your council. And make them make a record of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratbag jrt View Post
    Well, God help anyone who ever decides to hurt you. I suspect Bernie will protect you to the death! Be kind to yourself - in a frightful situation we never really know how we are going to react. And I think a good old cry afterwards is healthy and shows how much you love your dogs and feared for them and yourself.

    Fortunately (or should that be unfortunately) for me I have only ever been involved in two attacks. The first I picked up my KCC and climbed (yes, climbed) onto a strangers car and stood there and cried until someone came to my rescue. Still not sure why I cried - I think it was because it was so unexpected. And, yes, I was so shaken I could not get off the car without assistance (when I think back to it now how embarrassing!!!)

    The other time I had three dogs on a lead and was attacked by two boxers (one younger and an older one). I couldn't believe the sudden strength I had. I hung onto the leads for dear life as I was near a busy road. Lashed out at the younger dog with my foot and grabbed the older one by the collar, twisted it and lifted his front feet off the ground and physically dragged him and my three still on leads into his own backyard, closed the gate and then yelled like a banshee until the owners came out and got their younger dog who by this time probably had sore ribs from my size eight and a halves. I was puffed out, absolutely angry as anything but feeling quite proud of myself at the same time.

    Now go figure ... two very different reactions to similar situations. We do our best in times of stress. I am guessing a pillow for your bum is going to be your new best friend for the rest of the week. If it were me my partner would be told to "kiss my arse"! And, I would expect him to comply!
    Thank you ratbag. Two different responses, same stimuli. Yes, there are many areas where this is true.
    I was very stiff yesterday from the sudden gymnastics. But feel fine and less bruised today.

    I reported the husky yesterday. I was thinking, it is dangerous and a nuisance.

    Perhaps i'll have to redo the suburbia walk, to make sure both dogs are not freaked too. We havent bumped into a dog since. I want to check they are still both dog to dog friendly.

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