What is the recommended way to deal with an unknown, large (40-60 pounds), unleashed, barking , semi-charging, snarling, aggressive dog when I am taking a walk both with and without my small (10 pound) dog on a leash?

Thanks, Dick
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What is the recommended way to deal with an unknown, large (40-60 pounds), unleashed, barking , semi-charging, snarling, aggressive dog when I am taking a walk both with and without my small (10 pound) dog on a leash?

The quickest and smartest thing you can do is to just walk in another direction.
If that's* a problem for you, try to find out where the dog lives (neighbors can help you out with that) and pay them a *friendly visit to discuss your concerns. Don't bring your dog along.

If that doesn't solve the problem, call the authorities (police, AC, etc.). Try to get additional witnesses to back you up.

If that doesn't work, pay the dog's owner another visit and just shoot him in the freakin' head.
Yes, the owner, not the dog.
It ain't the dog's fault that he's got an *** for an owner.

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What is the recommended way to deal with an unknown, large (40-60 pounds), unleashed, barking , semi-charging, snarling, aggressive dog when I am taking a walk both with and without my small (10 pound) dog on a leash?

Without meaning to be facetious, can you take another route? Or call your local sheriff or animal control department to report the dog.

In my experience, every incident is different. I have on occasion attempted to follow advice to turn my smaller dog toward me, with his back to the aggressor, or to pick him up. This has not prevented the dogs from fighting. It might have made things better than they would otherwise have been; how could I know?
Every time there is a TV report on a dog attack, someone comes on and says when you are menaced by a dog, don't run but don't make eye contact either.
Not much help, I know.
Amy Dahl
We have a leash law in our state, but if this dog is terrorizing you and your dog, report him to the police. If you have a leash law then this dog should never be loose.
There is nothing more frightening than a snarling dog running at you. Some of the things you can do that might be helpful and that I have tried are: Carrying a stick or a cane, if you know he is around that area. Pick up a stone, or pretend you are picking up a stone and pretend you are throwing a stone. If you have to, throw it, then pretend to pick up another stone, but usually you only have to pretend you are throwing it. I find this has worked for me.
Stand still with your hands folded for awhile.
Slowly walk away from his territory..
The very worse thing you could do is run, since dogs like to chase their prey.
What is the recommended way to deal with an unknown, ... my small (10 pound) dog on a leash? Thanks, Dick

I have the same problem walking my dog he is 30 pounds there is a large rottweiler always snarling at him while walk from his territory. I have told the owner politely to hold back their dog and the owner does not care I do not even bother the dog and he always ready to snarl my dog.
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I have the same problem walking my dog he is 30 pounds there is a large rottweiler always snarling at ... the owner does not care I do not even bother the dog and he always ready to snarl my dog.

Have you tried pepper spray? Save some in reserve for the owner if you spray his dog. But yes, he would start to care.. if he had consequences. All you need to do is prove you felt threatened
I've heard that bear spray works well for loose dogs when nothing else works. I don't like the idea of having to spray the dog, but when it comes down to protecting my dog it doesn't seem like such a bad idea. And if you get any complaints from the other dogs owner, or they try reporting you to the police, your response is, "You felt personally threatened by their dog and took action to protect yourself."
I've heard that bear spray works well for loose dogs when nothing else works. I don't like the idea of ... you to the police, your response is, "You felt personally threatened by their dog and took action to protect yourself."

They are just rude The owers of the dog will cuss at me. I do not bother their dog I walk the other direction.
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