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11/12/18 8:22 A

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Does the rod makes a sound like a tazer?

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11/11/18 8:22 P

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A cattle hot-shot is a pretty great tool when it comes to dogs at large. I walk early in the morning with 2 large dogs.. both English mastiffs. Loose dogs will run up and try to start fight and it gets sort of exciting for a few minutes.. but then I started carrying cattle prod and I reach out.. zap the guy that is being aggressive. Doesn't cause and lasting damage but the aggressor leaves faster than they arrive.

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11/10/18 1:19 A

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I agree!

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11/9/18 9:30 P

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I have a big Golden Retriever. He is completely lovable and he would never hurt anyone. But I always have him on his leash when I walk him. Other people may not like a big dog running up to them. Also for his protection. Keep him safe.

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11/6/18 8:57 A

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Hi! Was the bites serious?

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11/6/18 8:08 A

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I've been bit more than once and I now carry either my large walking stick or a smaller metal rod that I use for a walking stick. And yes, I will hit them if they try to bite. I will not be bitten ever again. When a dog approaches I stand perfectly still. And when their totally unaware owner (who is usually carrying the unused leash) tells me they won't bite I always respond that they won't bite them but I want to protect myself.

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11/5/18 4:23 P

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That's too bad! Yes better be safe.

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11/5/18 4:11 P

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I actually live in the country where there are a lot of unleashed dogs [- a lot of pit bulls. Ran across a pack that kept showing up and seemed somewhat threatening. Finally decided I couldn't walk my route in our area w/o hubby, Had to decide to do other exercise because scheduling walking time together was not working.



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11/4/18 1:53 A

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Thanks. I'll sure remember your advice.

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11/3/18 9:35 P

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Ignore dogs that are near your path...but try not to move directly into their territory. Do not make eye contact or reach your hand toward them. If a stray dog starts to chase you, STOP jogging/walking and face it and firmly say NO. You can also try the command: "SIT." If the dog does not stop, it could be a friendly but poorly trained pet that wants to play with you. If the dog does not seem friendly, it would be time to use a device or weapon to defend yourself. Do not try to outrun the dog.

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11/1/18 5:06 P

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Alison, you helped me alot. O yes, well done with your 17 lbs weight loss. emoticon
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11/1/18 3:57 P

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My biggest problem is my neighbor's very large friendly lab. He runs up to me and jumps; he is big enough to knock me over and he has hurt my already arthritic knee. My neighbors try to call him back and control him, but he is too enthusiastic about jumping on me. With smaller dogs, I can put up my knee and stop them by getting them off balance. He is too big for that technique. So (based on my neighbor's advice) I simply ignore him -- I don't look at him, talk, or react in any way. Neighbor also explained they have trained him to carry their newpaper; and the dog usually runs up when I am walking to the community mailbox. So now I either turn away from the mailbox OR throw the newspaper away (depending if I am going or coming back).

Re your encounters with stray dogs -- if they seem aggressive or threatening, it is great that you have a stunner. Try not to react; don't run; talk calmly and back away while facing the dog (don't stare at them). If they are running at you from their yard, they may just be protecting their territory.

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10/30/18 6:11 P

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I just came back from a walk with my dog and I encountered a neighbors dog not on a leash, I had a small stick in my hand and I kept telling the dog no in a loud firm tone as he advanced and I started walking backwards with my dog until the owner can to get her dog. People please remember leash your pets! My dog is recovering from a severe back injury caused by a dog attack!

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10/29/18 4:41 A

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Your suggestions are great! emoticon

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10/29/18 2:51 A

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A dog repellent, noise or chemical, is a good idea. You can also carry dog treats or food that dogs will like. Basically, you want to distract them, so they don't focus on you anymore.

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10/29/18 12:13 A

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I'm going out for a walk now. Hope my four footed friends are still sleeping. Lol Thanks. Have a good week emoticon

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10/28/18 9:46 P

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I have always found that if I speak firmly to the dogs and say NO in a strong tone they will stay away. You also might want to carry a good size stick.



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10/28/18 9:28 A

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I will keep your advice in mind when I walk. Thank you. emoticon

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10/28/18 7:42 A

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Are these dogs fenced or not? If so, you shouldn't have too much too worry about. If not, you may want to carry pepper spray or something, if it's legal in your area.

Are they in the same area? If they are, then I would make sure you are walking and talk to the dog as you approach. If you are running, that may cause the dog to think you have less than nice things in mind and see you as something to attack.

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10/27/18 4:20 P

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The unleashed dogs I encounter while walking are in their yards behind fencing.
They have never been a problem.

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10/27/18 1:53 P

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That is good advice but my biggest concern is the dogs on their lonesome...onesome emoticon

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I’m an animal person so I usually greet them cautiously and ask owner if they are friendly. Have had good encounters most of the time. Sorry, I know that doesn’t help you.



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10/27/18 8:30 A

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I thought this is the appropriate place to ask... any suggestions?

I'm afraid of large dogs, and the small ones that nips at your heels. While I'm walking or running my ears and eyes (like saucers) emoticon are on alert. It doesn't make for a good exercise session! I bought a small stunt thingy (as big as a lipstick) that fits in my pocket. Just to make a noise to scare them away.

What do you do?

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