Aggressive leashed dog
May 17, 2014 5:46 AM Subscribe
How to stand your ground when you meet an aggressive large dog?
posted by deadweightloss to Pets & Animals (34 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
While walking my dog this morning, a large (perhaps 80 pound) dog on the other side of the street started growling, barking, and literally dragging his owner by the leash over to our side. Everything about his manner indicated aggression to me. After only a few seconds, he was within range of us. My dog tried to avoid him. I screamed "go away" at the dog and kicked him as hard as I could, once, under his chin. Fortunately, this seemed to calm him down, and he went into a scared posture by his owner. I quite angrily dressed the owner down, telling her I was going to call the police and/or pepper spray the dog if this happened again.
My question is: what else can we reasonably do if this happens again? It's scary to think what would have happened had my wife been walking our dog instead of me. Can we really pepper spray a leashed but aggressive dog without risking an assault charge/personal injury lawsuit when the owner gets it too? Is kicking under the chin the best way to stop an aggressive dog without a weapon? Is running an option, or would an aggressive dog just chase us?