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    I find I can do a better job of protecting Frosty if she's with me. A couple of times she's run away from me and I haven't been able to help, cos I can't run that fast. So I keep her on lead.

    If the other dog was staying at a safe distance out of reach - there is no way I'd let Frosty go "get into it" no matter what she said about it. I'd yell at the other dog, and I have used the end of the lead as a weapon - it's nearly 2m long so that gives me 1.5 to swing at the other dogs. It worked quite well when we were harrassed by two kelpies the other day. These dogs were trying to get Frosty to chase them and they weren't being very polite about it. Neither was Frosty.

    I've also been known to kick a dog to get it to clear off. But usually standing up straight and tall and ROARING at it - works. And attracts help from any people in the vicinity.

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    Making myself look as tall as possible and roaring is what I instinctively do with threatening dogs too. I got some practice with farm dogs wanting to take a piece out of my leg when I was cycling through the Irish countryside in my younger days. It worked on the big dog who often chases me down the street when I ride past too. (Though I discovered that saying her name works just as well. )

    But it's quite a bit harder when you have two squirming dogs on leads trying to go in different directions, I can imagine. I'm glad no one got hurt. And hopefully they'll be forced to mend their fence and keep the dog in, though I doubt it will happen very soon.

    My old dog would also not have let a dog like that come near me. And she enjoyed a good scuffle. Banjo tries to hide behind my legs if a dog as much as looks at her the wrong way. But I'm glad she's such a softy because the tougher dogs often don't really have very good judgement about who to start a fight with, I found.

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    If i was walking with just Molly i would never have let her go either - her and Rex are at opposite ends of the spectrum. She is a confident girl but doesn't take well to aggressive dogs, she will give me an attitude if i yell at her, but if another dog is having a go at her she will cower. If this dog had gotten into her, i believe it would had ripped her to shreds and literally break her spirit.

    Rexy is different. He just has this fighter attitude, nothing can break him. Like i sincerely think he would fight till the death for any of us (including Molly & Benji) This dog was literally up my ass (my back was turned at the time) i could reach out and touch it, i was very frightened and my instinct was to let him go, let myself find some sort of object to defend myself ( I have very, very short leads for the reason that Rexy is aggressive toward other dogs and i find i have more control with a shorter lead). It might sound selfish that i would let him get into a fight in order to protect myself, but i definitely believed he had a better chance than what i would without something to defend myself and i knew he would come out on top.

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    Im glad that you and the dogs are allright, it is really horrific to have another dog come for you or yours.
    There is a way of breaking up dog fights, its on Steve k9Pro's website. But to be honest, you would need to be good in a heated moment sort to apply it

    thankfully, mine have always been large breeds who are chilled, dont send aggro signals to other dogs, so most opportunistic strays stay well clear.

    I have however been on the end of a metal chain leash whipping (a suggested above) from a middle aged woman with a border collie who was play bowing to my dog who was reciprocating the invite when owner attacked my dog and myself. the owner caused her dog to attack us with her shouting and hollering and whipping.

    Border collie + unfit mid aged woman vs fit mid aged woman a rottie. No contest. The fight she started was quickly stopped by me yanking the metal leash off her, and letting the dogs go. Holding on to her, she was badly shaken and asking her to take a deep breath, and watch the dogs playing together!

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    How are you today?

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    We are fine thanks Nina.

    Dogs seem fine, i don't see any change in their behavior or demeanor, i came home from work to find them having their usual play fight, tails wagging & happy to see me walk through the front door. I'm not too bothered either about it anymore, it doesn't make me feel like a can't go out walking my dogs i just hope the owners got a talking to (that's up for debate, our animal management doesn't have a great reputation for chasing up enquiries). I did drive past this afternoon on my way home from work and the pailings in the fence have all been readjusted to cover the hole, just hoping it's sturdy enough so something like this doesn't happen again (i'm quite concerned about it happening to somebody else, there are many elderly people who live & take strolls around this area)

    Weather is really crappy today so no chance of an afternoon walk for them anyway

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    Like others, I tend to yell and scream til the dog backs off. And I will charge it myself if I can.

    However, if it comes in for the attack, the first thing I would do would be to drop Barneys lead. He has absolutely no chance of defending himself (or Pippi seeing as she isnt big enough to defend herself) while I am hanging onto the end of something attached to his neck.

    In fact I have done it before when a bull mastiff charged Chevy and Lennox. I let them both go and they sorted him out pretty quickly. Looks of noise and a bit of mouthing and the bm trotted off with his tail betwixt his legs.

    I am glad everone is ok...it is quite scary

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    o god.. I could not even imagine letting my dog go to finish/attack another dog on a fight. I'd prefer to be bitten then my dog being injured IF I was able to protect my dog. If I did everything I could and the dogs got in to a fight, I'd grab the strange dog to separate the fight because I know I can call my dog off.

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    I had a dog that was always intent on bringing the worst out in other dogs. She was your classic primary school bully. She taunted and threatened until the other dog made a move and then the game was on. I have seen LOTS of scuffles in my time and in my experience, the vast majority end without injuries. They're scary and you can never really know in advance if the other dog is going to really try to cause damage. But most of the time, they are just testing the other dog's strength and they will stop before it gets out of hand.

    Of course serious dog fights do happen. And they are terrifying and can be very costly. But keeping your dog on leash is not going to make any difference. If the other dog wants to attack, they'll attack. They will just go around the pesky human to get to their target if they must.

    So I don't really see how you think you could've prevented a fight in that situation, Tahlz. Especially if you had one dog wanting to take on the challenge and another one trying to hide between your legs at the same time.

    Dogs aren't kids. They are perfectly capable of standing up for themselves if they have to.

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    Glad everything turned out ok Kuri, it's always really scary when that happens.

    My guys are only small and if attacked, I would have no qualms about poking its eye out with a stick to defend us.

    I have been attacked before and will always have a weapon now.
    The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.
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