reply to post by Ceriddwen
Great reply. I agree people should know what to do in a situation where a dog may be aggressive. I will try to sum this up as well as I can, and
hopefully those that read will spread this info around.
My ex-wifes aunt had a dog that no one has pet in 10 years. It stays outside on a leash and is given food and water on a daily basis. He only likes
her aunt and will go inside alone with her. She had like 10 dogs and 20 catsa (land owner in tennessee). The dog would go into a room alone away from
all the other animals. I was warned not to approach this dog as it was very aggressive to everyone, especially strangers.
The dog seemed aggressive, and maybe I shouldn't have done what I had done at the time. I approached it, and put all fear aside. I walked up to this
mixed breed (no pit) like I had known it its entire life, since it was a puppy. I softened my eyes, and lowered my hand just within reach of its nose.
It sniffed, growled (to gauge my reaction?) and sniffed again and whimpered and walked away. I walked up to the dog and started to pet its nose (Never
EVER touch an unknown dog around its neck, that is the kill zone, and dogs will protect themselves if they feel threatened). I continued to scratch
down its back and baby talked. He cowered down and let me rub his belly than was jumping on me like his best friend. His owner (the aunt) was
To summarize, dogs smell fear. You should not fear them, ever. This is why criminals have such a hard time with dogs. They are already scared of
committing the crime, they are frightened of being caught, and than a dog is thrown into the mix and the stench of putrid fear oozing from every pore
on their body. The dog reacts to the fear, and the person gets more fearful or maybe even aggressive (shooing away the dog). This causes the dog to
feel threatened, and attack.
Get rid of the fear factor, and dogs are oblivious to whats going on.
Why shouldn't you be afraid of a dog? Well, if your healthy, have two hands, and can think, you have a huge advantage. A dog ALWAYS goes for the
closest body part put out towards them. This is an instinct. The second part is getting to your neck (jugular). When a dog lunges at you, stick out
your arm (your gonna get bit hard, but its going to latch on). His nose will be accessible, take your other fist and smash as hard as you can on the
bridge of the nose. The dog will let go and whimper off, knowing its fate, and because it can not breathe he will be defeated.
This is something I have taught my children, along with: Gun safety, snakes, poisonous plants, poison ivy, strangers, 911, name and address, and other
basic survival skills.
This works well for other canines, i.e. the wolf and coyote. We have a wolf preserve locally, and they teach the same things I have just discussed it.
How to avoid an aggressive confrontation, and if necessary, how to terminate a threat from a canine.
I am glad to have owned many pit bulls, and having known many many more. I have never come across an aggressive one. My moms dog is actually racist,
and I'm not talking about my opposite race. He gets crazy when white people are around (I am white) and loves black people. He was raised in an
apartment by a black couple. Me and my mother are the only ones that understand this and realize he is only an ankle biter (siberian husky I believe).
He is a good dog, just very misunderstood. And my moms other dog, great pyrenese (sic) is a huge dummy, that loves everyone, even if someone broke in
he would be their best friend....