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Aggresive Dog

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by James 61, Sep 14, 2012.

  1. James 61

    James 61 Clark Co Washington Member

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    My five year old daughter and wife were charged by an aggressive dog today as they tried to walk from your front door to the car. They made it safely back inside and a few minutes later I escorted them to the car without incident as the dog was no longer present.

    As soon as they were back inside I called animal control to report the incident. Apparently they are swamped today but promised to send someone out this weekend to investigate. Also I have a call into the staff of the townhouse complex we live in so that I can inform them of what happened and they are aware of the incident and can take any action they need to.

    What I am wondering is there any thing else I should be doing? Any suggestions?
     
  2. accessbob

    accessbob Molalla, OR 2A Supporter

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    Carry OC Spray. I chased a pack of 5 dogs who were charging me with some.
     
  3. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    baseball bat
     
  4. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Maybe, baseball bat for dogs owner? Glad your wife and child were not harmed!
     
  5. davemata

    davemata Spokane, WA Well-Known Member

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    OC spray. Really effective with dogs.
     
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  6. ohmytodd

    ohmytodd Portland, Oregon Member

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    If a dog is in a really pissy mood using something like pepper spray or mace can actually put it over the edge and make it charge. This can especially be the case if it's a lone dog vs. a group of dogs. In a group if one of them gets the clue to back off chances are they all will, but alone they don't have anyone to take a hint from. There's a product that's a citronella spray that catches the dog off guard and chills them out. Low to mid level aggression means the dog is pissed and menacing but not charging. If it charges, go for your gun and stand your ground. Unlike with a person, a warning shot can have a positive effect on the situation as a dog's ears are so sensitive- it may well stop it in its' tracks- and if it doesn't you have another round chambered. Granted, discharging a firearm in a neighborhood is only going to lead to complications anyway. You're better off finding the owner of the dog and giving him an ear full, but then there's the issue of "there are no bad dogs, just bad owners." Good luck.

    I have a very submissive and friendly young dog and live in a neighborhood where there are lots of bad dog owners. This spray has deterred a few mishaps from happening without harming anyone (people or dogs), and giving us a chance to head for higher ground.

    Spray Shield (Formally Known as Direct Stop)
     
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  7. Trailboss

    Trailboss Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Angry stray dogs are sorta like criminals. No way to ensure that they won't suddenly appear. That's why we carry.

    Buy the wife a nice carry piece and teach her to defend herself against angry dogs and criminals.
     
  8. ArgentineSteel

    ArgentineSteel Vancouver, WA Active Member

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    I find letting them catch you by biting the chain on your bicycle and getting their lips pulled through the sprocket works well. just keep your feet up.
     
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  9. Akathepriest

    Akathepriest Astoria, OR Active Member

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    Ideally, you would pepper spray it. The idea that a dog would be more aggressive after getting sprayed is ridiculous hit it in the face and it will turn heel faster than it came at you.

    I would hope that if my dog were loose and being a bubblegum that the person who found it sprays him or tazes the dog before he shoots it. But I would understand if the dog was being aggressive. Much rather my pet be destroyed than have to have it destroyed and deal with a civil lawsuit and prison if it kills/hurts another person.
     
  10. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I had a dog run at me the other day when we were working on my dump truck trailer after the paving machine nearly ripped the rear axle off it. I stopped stood still and when the dog took a second run at me I took off my hard hat. Had the dog (about a 80lb Shepard) gotten close enough to wack it on the nose without having to move I would have done that as hard as I could. Having prepared a number of dog skulls for preservation as biological specimins I know all to well how their nose is constructed. And a good hard wack down on the top of the nose will flat put a dogs lights out. Collapsing the nasal passages.

    And for the dog lovers. I to am a dog lover. But just like a human I will deal with an attack directly and with enough force directed to the most advantagous spot to make sure I am not harmed. I didn't run into the dogs yard and start barking at him. He ran out in the street and treatened to attack me.
     
  11. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    happened to my wife when she was out walking our dachshunds, a couple of 70 pound mixed breeds charged them and she kicked the crap outa the alpha, then the other followed her home. I put him in the yard and called the owner # on it's tag. when they showed I told them they were lucky, I would have shot both of the dogs.

    I can't afford mine and my dogs medical bills as it is.

    all I got was "Uh, sorry, they musta got out" goddamn idiots
     
  12. Garg

    Garg east of portland metro Hold my beer..... watch this Bronze Supporter

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    Honestly, if a 70-80 lbs dog was charging me, and I felt my life was being threatened, I would not hesitate to shoot it. I carry a gun, not pepper spray. Maybe I should look into that. :laugh:

    No offense to dog lovers/owners, I have an 80 lbs dog, and would expect that same if he was being an arsehole.
     
  13. James 61

    James 61 Clark Co Washington Member

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    Thanks for all the input. Sounds like there really isn't much else to be done that I haven't already done or considered.

    I have owned dogs on and off for approx 25 years; since childhood. I currently don't own a dog as I feel that dogs and a townhouse with no yard is not a good combination. Like many of the posters I believe in responsible dog ownership and that as a general rule it is the owners who are responsible for the temperament of the dog. I guess the thing that really POed me about the incident is that my daughter was the on that was closest to the dog when the incident occurred. I don't want to see her get hurt by a dog (or any other way) especially since she went through a phase when she was terrified of dogs. I want to own dogs again when I have a house with a yard so seeing her become afraid of dogs again would be unfortunate.

    Also I don't want to have to shoot the dog but since neither my wife or I carry pepper spray but guns at this time our options are limited. I am going to have to see about getting some spray as an alternative.
     
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    WillMunny NE Portland Active Member

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  15. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Do as the cops do. If a dog growls at you shoot it until the magazine is empty in your gun, reload and start shooting again.
     
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  16. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Cop kills family pet - National Animal News | Examiner.com

    Clayton County, GA - Golden Retrievers possess a friendly, eager-to-please demeanor, and are the fourth most popular family dog breeds (by registration) in the United States. Boomer was a golden retriever that on Saturday morning was shot and killed by a Clayton County police officer. Police had received a complaint that there was someone selling meats from a truck on North Shore Drive. When the officer went to the street to investigate, Boomer ran towards her barking. She ordered the dog to stop, but when he didn’t, she shot and killed him.

    Boomer belonged to Lawrene King’s teenage son, who was home at the time of the shooting. The King’s yard has an electric fence, but no sign to let anyone know it was there. Boomer always barks when seeing someone and has never bitten anyone. The officer didn’t take the time to find any of this out, nor did he bother to use any non-lethal methods of stopping the dog if he felt in danger. Police officers carry mace or pepper spray which is very effective in stopping dogs. What about a taser? What if there was a child with the dog?

    "My neighbor saw the whole thing," King said. "He was shocked how quickly the officer pulled his gun."

    Boomer died within 25 feet of his front porch.

    King said she wasn't home when Boomer was shot, but three teenagers were in her house. King said she received a frantic call from her 19-year-old son Jonathan.

    "Mom! He killed my dog," King said her son screamed.

    The officer remains on duty.
     
  17. Father of four

    Father of four Portland, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    jonn5335 Longview Active Member

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    I am a dog owner/lover but if a dog was charging/aggresive/nipping/bitting especially at a child I would shoot it you never know when it's going to come back. I now how kids are turn your back for 5 seconds
     
  19. Redcap

    Redcap Lewis County, WA Well-Known Member

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    Drop the dog without a second thought.
     
  20. Cuthbert Allgood

    Cuthbert Allgood Clark County, WA Well-Known Member

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    some stupid owners bring their dog to new seasons markets all over portland, tie them up to the poles outside of the store, and some dogs nip at other people as they're walking by. i have to make my way by some of those poles at the stores that don't have an actual receiving dock, like the store on hawthorne blvd in portland's hawthorne district. i make regular deliveries to that store every wednesday. most of the dogs i've seen are pretty docile. however, there have been times when there have been ones who are tied up with all kinds of slack on the rope, and do nip at others as they're trying to pass by. those dogs are "handled" in a hurry.