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    So when i was young, i was riding my pony down near the lake. A husky type dog had a go at Cleara, and as I was galloping her away, he bit her leg, causing her to be out of work for a few months( it got infected). She booted him, But now whenever I walk Bella, and another dog comes, i freak out, expecting the other dog to attack bella. How could I fix this problem so I can start up a dog walking business?

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    Ok worst thing you can do when a dog comes charging up to you is run away - because you fire up all the dog's chase instincts.

    The best thing I've ever heard of a rider doing when a dog started running at her, was to turn the horse around and run at the dog. Put the dog right off. I used to do something similar when I was on bicycle - I'd ride at the dog and ROAR at it. Or I'd stop my bike, use it as a shield between me and the dog and again ROAR at the dog. Freaks the owners out, as owners who let their dogs chase horses or bikes deserve.

    There is always a possibilty that another dog may attack, even or especially if it is on lead. If the dog is with the owner - I go by the owner's response - if they're avoiding me - I ask them if their dog is friendly and I usually get an explanation at a safe distance, if they're worried about my dog I can put them at ease and we can say hello. But I respect them if they say it's their dog that is the problem and keep at a safe distance.

    If the other dog is off lead, alone, you need to be prepared to be very tall and loud if necessary. And it helps to learn various doggy calming signals like licking your lips, looking away (look at dog out the corner of your eye instead of directly), yawning etc. Pay attention to what your dog does - if she's looking to avoid the stray - then don't let it say hello. Frosty avoids aggressive dogs for good reason so I am guided by her.

    So far, all the dogs I've met on footpaths that have been off lead but with their owners have been very friendly and obedient.

    The other thing you may need is a phone, maybe one with a camera. You need your local dog ranger's number in your phone. And you can tell any badly behaved dog owner you are going to film what their dog does, this makes a few of them go the other way (according to posts I read at DOL). Even if your phone camera is crap - they don't know that.

    Most dogs will back off if you're taller than them and louder (deep voiced ROAR, not high pitched screaming) than them. If they don't, and they still attack - I've never had this happen to me - they probably need to be PTS and you need to call the ranger. If you're making heaps of noise - hopefully you will have heaps of help very quickly from the surrounding houses.

    People walking the streets scare me more than stray dogs.

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    Kid - you have no business touching anyone elses animals. Get yourself and your dog sorted out and stop trying to look for get rich quick schemes because invariably someone will get hurt.

    I said it in another thread - go to dog training, train your dog and tell them you want to be an instructor.

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    Thanks. this has been a problem for ages.
    so lick my lips, look out the corner of my eyes, yawn, and if they approach, roar. got it.

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    Youre going to get bitten

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    Kid - you have no business touching anyone elses animals. Get yourself and your dog sorted out and stop trying to look for get rich quick schemes because invariably someone will get hurt.

    I said it in another thread - go to dog training, train your dog and tell them you want to be an instructor.
    Occy I am not looking for get rich quick schemes, I am looking to gain some experience. Back off.

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    occy, I respect your experience with dogs, but you need to back off. Just because I might not be as 'experienced' as you with dogs, does not mean i dont have a brain. I know not to go near strays, and I am not stupid. Don't be hating on me just because I am a teenager.

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    well then take some of the advice given to you by me and others - educate yourself - do animal husbandy courses - volunteer at your dog school

    You are going to get hurt if you go into this without someone directing you - you will get that direction through school and dog club

    Worse yet - you will get someone elses dog hurt

    Say youre walking a dog and another dog approaches and you go with your calming signals but the dog ignores so you yell - and the dog youre walking freaks, gets out of its collar, runs across the road and gets hit by a car?

    It's great that you have a vision for what you want to do - many people dont - but you cant get there a quick or easy way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    occy, I respect your experience with dogs, but you need to back off. Just because I might not be as 'experienced' as you with dogs, does not mean i dont have a brain. I know not to go near strays, and I am not stupid. Don't be hating on me just because I am a teenager.
    This has nothing to do with you being a teen - it has everything to do with you being narrow minded and refusing to look beyond your goals to the reality of the situation.

    Lots of teens get it - and many of them are here - poopyx and demi are good examples.

    You want to be told to go for it - but I worry for you and for the animals that could potentially be in your care

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    Box if you're going to go dog walking you NEED public liability insurance. All the disclaimers in the world won't help you if a dog you're walking gets loose and/or killed/injured.

    It's not cheap but is do-able. You need a minimum 1 million coverage for dog walking...

    And there are some truly horrible dogs out there - I have done some dog walking and wouldn't again...

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