Our expert says:
Dog Behaviour Expert
Hi Jen, that kind of thing just makes my blood boil - talk about inconsiderate owners!I was given a very reactive dog as a pup (would never have chosen him, but he did get my into this work professionally!)and i used to walk him at 6a.m, on lead and always carried an electric shocker. Now in the case of a fight, this device can actually make the behaviour worse, but it is a wonderful deterrant - you just aim and push the button and all dogs i came across, turned in the opposite direction! What you should do is firstly desensitize your own dog to the noise and then carry with you. Another method you can employ is stand your ground (not easy), hold your hands out in front of you in the 'stop' position and scream stop. As the dog stops, point your arm away, and say 'away'. This does not always work, tho, but the calmer you handle the situation the less likely of a problem. The majority of dog fights occur when your dog is on lead and the other off lead. Our dogs pick up on our feelings of fear and instead of relaxing, tense immediately. Phone the legal help line for correct info, but i definately think she is liable for any damages and i think you can phone the RSPCA and ask what to do. I would additionally consider speaking to the school and see if they know her and can ask her that if she walks her dogs, to keep them on lead. What horrible thing to have happened! Do take your dog to socialize with some other friendly dogs to help him get over this firght. Nice to hear from you, Scotty
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