Get ready for a fight! You don’t know, what the other dog is going to do, so you have to be prepared to fight.
There are a lot of things that can happen.
One of the things I do to prepare myself for a situation like this is, carry an extra leash. It’s a slip leash, which is a collar/leash combo. You have to prevent your dog from getting attacked or even just rushed by another dog, otherwise, you might end up with a dog reactive/aggressive dog.
The extra leash can be used in a lot of different ways. Either way, you will need to use a lot of your strength, but you need to do, whatever it takes to protect your dog.
A couple of weeks ago, I was walking in a neighborhood and training with a dog. My client had her very young son outside. My client’s son was being chased by a dog and the dog was well on his way to biting this little kid. I used my knowledge from protection work and I yelled, the way I do during protection training and made myself really big and got into a sprint and charged the dog. It worked in this case and the dog took off, tail between his legs.
I do not like using fear and intimidation, but offering a dog, who charges you, a cookie, is not going to work.
Fortunately not every off leash dog is going to be aggressive and if the dog is friendly, be compassionate. At the end of the day, you have to keep your family and your dog safe and advocate for their space.
Bottom line is, the other dog should not be off leash in the first place and you may have to confront their owner about it.
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