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Tips to Use if Your Dog is Attacked While Dog Walking

Updated on April 13, 2018
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Hello folks. I am an Animal Lover, Dog Owner, Pet Blogger! I have two dogs who are just as wacko as me.

Dog attacked
Dog attacked

Nothing is more painful than waking up with your dog and going for a nice walk in the morning but only to be attacked by a stray dog or an unsecured dog. Most of the times these unprovoked dog attacks can lead to maiming of the animal or even death of the dog which is being attacked. Dog owners know well the horror of seeing their dogs being mauled by another dog and unable to do anything about it. In most of these dog attack cases, it is the large dogs who often attack the smaller dogs. Here are a few pointers I have gathered from my own experience, other peoples experience and just simple watching many videos of dog attacking dogs while being walked by their owners.

Dog Attack
Dog Attack

What To Do if Your Dog is Being Attacked

1. Scope the Walk Zone

I always tell people prevention is better than cure. Before you decide on walking your dog, scope out the community and neighborhood for about a week. Get to know the streets a little and see if there are stray animals roaming the streets. Ascertain who has dogs nearby and how these dogs are curtailed. Dog owners should have proper retention areas to prevent their dogs from jumping or breaking down weak fences to attack people or other dogs. You cannot predict all eventualities because a stray dog may pop up from nowhere or a owner did not leash his dog and left the gates open etc. But you can still mitigate against the odds by knowing the surroundings.

2. Release the Leash

Many times when dogs are being attacked by other dogs, the leash helps to keep the other dog which is being attacked in a useless position. The attacking dog is has free flow movement while the owner holds the leash with the dog being attacked to restrict natural defensive instincts. If your dog is being mauled, release the leash so your dog can either run away or have a fighting chance. Once you let go off the leash, you can assist your dog by doing anything possible for the attacking dog to back off.

3. Always have a dog whistle

A dog whistle can be the key to you saving your dog’s life against a dog attack or your dog being mailed to death by the attacking dog. Dogs can ear frequencies of a higher range which human ears are unable to. Dogs typically can detect sounds between 67-45,000 Hz, while humans can detect sounds between 64-23,000. In the upper frequencies of a dog's hearing range, the sounds can cause a dog irritation and discomfort. If your dog is being attacked and you have a high frequency dog whistle, chances are you can stop or break up this attack by blowing this whistle. You will cause some discomfort for your own dog, but you may have just saved your dog’s life.

4. Pick up Your Dog and Run to a Safe Area.

If you can see the danger approaching, meaning dog(s) running towards, and can react within a specific time as to not hurt yourself or your dog. You should pick up the dog before the impending danger reaches and secure yourself and your dog in a safe area such as a restaurant, a store or even in someone’s yard. I wouldn’t advise you to try and pick up the dog while it is being attacked if you fear for your own self being attacked by doing so.

5. Get Help

If your dog is being attacked by another dog, Shout for help and get as much person as possible to help you. If several persons who are not afraid of dogs form a tight circle around the animals. What this helps to do is limit the space for movement of the dog doing the attack. It may prevent the dog from flashing the small dog back and forth which does sometimes does way more damage than a bite. The back and forth flashing can rip internal organs and break a lot of bones in your small dog. If there is a collar on the dog which is doing the attack, grab the collar and restrain the dog’s head movement.

6. Hit the Darn Dog

Don’t be afraid to hit the other dog doing the attack, especially if you see that your dog is on the brink of dying because of a throat hold or anything else. Get whatever you can to hit the attacking dog until it releases your dog and runs away.

Take Your Dog To The Nearest Vet Immediately

After the melee, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian so the animal can be accessed for damages. There can be major injuries to the animal such as internal organ and tissue damage and broken limbs. Some dogs will require surgery to help correct injuries ascertained during the ordeal. After you rush your pet to the hospital, get in touch with the owner of the dog so that the right agreement will be made between both parties.

Mental State of Your Dog After Attack

I have seen where a small Shih-Tzu was mauled by another neighbors dog. They took the dog to the vet and passed all test as not being severely inured. Just a few bite marks and scrapes. But the dog however went into a depressive state after the attack and simply never came back to being the spunky happy little dog it was. The dog stopped eating, would lay around all day and simply was in no mood to do anything. They took the dog several times to the vet and other vets from outside the community and non found anything physically wrong with the animal. The dog later died from what dog psychiatrist call doggy depression. The dogs mind simply could not move pass the ordeal and it's mind began to shutdown it's body. leading to death. You should monitor your dog after all physical healing and ensure that your dog's mind has returned naturally.

© 2018 Clive Williams

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      Clive Williams 3 days ago from Jamaica

      Well thats good Jenn. I hope it never happens either.

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      Jenn 4 days ago from Pennsylvania

      Great tips. I am both a dog mom and am also a professional dog walker. Luckily I have never had a dog get severely injured in my care, but I have had some issues at the park and had loose dogs run at us while walking so these tips are very good to know just in case.

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      Clive Williams 6 days ago from Jamaica

      Sorry you cant have a dog Ruby. I have two.

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      Clive Williams 6 days ago from Jamaica

      I totally agree with you billy. It's either your dog or their's

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      Clive Williams 6 days ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Frank

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      Ruby Jean Richert 7 days ago from Southern Illinois

      Usable tips Clive. If only I could have a dog!!!! ( alergic ) I agree with Bill. Dog poop in my yard makes me an unhappy camper!!!!

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      Bill Holland 7 days ago from Olympia, WA

      It's amazing to me how many people in our town ignore the leash law and let their dogs run free on a walk. If one of them ever attacks our dog I will #1 seriously hurt the other dog and #2 sue the hell out of the owner of that dog. Laws serve a purpose and this law is for the protection of everyone.

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      Frank Atanacio 7 days ago

      hit the damn dog is right.. some of these are actually useful Clive

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      Clive Williams 7 days ago from Jamaica

      Hey Eric. You have to do what you have to do to save your dog's life. Even if it means breaking a jaw

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      Eric Dierker 7 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I can dig the dog whistle. Did you know that while a dog's jaw is many times stronger than any muscle in a man a man can still break the jaws of a dog by pulling them apart. I have seen it.

      I think in our neighbor hood you go straight to hell if your dog is lose.

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      Clive Williams 8 days ago from Jamaica

      That's true Doctor Mark. But some owners may not show strong character when they pick up the dog and the attacking dog can smell fear and may try to attack the owner. If they are confident enough to pick up the dog and stand their grounds. That's good.

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      Dr Mark 8 days ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      I am the owner of large dogs and have seen this problem often. Your advice on avoiding the problem is good, the advice about picking up the dog and getting to a safe area is even better. I have seen some injuries (including the dog owner) when a dog is picked up but I have never seen a dog killed if he is in his owners arms.

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      Clive Williams 8 days ago from Jamaica

      Hi Louise Powles, My neighbors shih-tzu was mauled by a rottweiler and died the following day. The vet said her internal organs were damaged. Good, to hear of your dog. Keep her safe.

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      Louise Powles 8 days ago from Norfolk, England

      Thankfully my dog has never been attacked, but there's some good advice here, especially the dog whistle.

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