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We have some land that we take all of our dogs to to let them run in an open "safer" ... where immidiate medical attention was called for. Any suggestion on how to keep these pesky dogs from killing my dogs?

Fence.
Animal control officers to enforce existing laws.
Sue for damages.
Lia
but I am against guns of anykind

Houston, we have problem.
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thank you for some saner advice
In the great state of Alabama, they have to not be controlling the dogs enough to warrant thier removal.

If the dogs are attacking your dogs the owners are not controlling them, Q.E.D.
It's your responsibility to see to the care of your dogs, and often that means protecting them against other irresponsible dog owners. The law is on your side on this one.

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Pepper spray
what about a salt pelter..keep 'em off, no permanent damage done

I pepper sprayed a dog that was attacking mine - with Bear Spray. It worked.
thank you for some saner advice

You're very welcome; however, although I elaborated a bit, I merely repeated Diddy's suggestion.
I like "Child"s suggestion of Bear Spray, but it requires you to be close enough to provide protection. Even one pit bull can inflict tremendous damage in the time it would take you to move into position, from even 50 feet away. And then, it's merely a temporary deterrent.

A word about guns: guns are tools. Their proper and proficient use requires mental/emotional commitment and practice. They should never be in the hands of any one lacking any one of those things.

Michael
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thank you for some saner advice

You're very welcome; however, although I elaborated a bit, I merely repeated Diddy's suggestion. I like "Child"s suggestion of Bear ... be in the hands of any one lacking any one of those things. Michael Zildjian: world class cymbal of excellence.

Police departments have had varied effects on dogs. ESPECIALLY PIT BULLS, and druggies, regarding deterrent sprays.
For the average dog or criminal, it works. But Pit Bulls, often keep on, keeping on, and get enraged and DON'T back off. People under the influence of drugs also have erratic results.
Since guns are not an option here, I felt that Lia's suggestion of fencing their acreage to be the most sensible (but not cost effective)

And Micheal, you nailed it about guns being tools., And if a tool will insure my dog's safety, I will keep it at my disposal. But if you aren't proficient in the use of ANY tool, it's unwise to attempt to use it at the moment of urgency. It DOES require mental/emotional commitment and practice. Obviously the OP finds this not an option. If they don't accept a gun, they don't accept the fencing option, then I hope they leave their dogs at home. I certainly would, rather than to put them at risk.

I wouldn't risk my dog's welfare on a pepper spray. I certainly can't imagine what advantages the OP'S solution re: salt peter would gain. Let's dust them with sugar, shall we? Perhaps it would sweeten their attitudes.
...I certainly can't imagine what advantages the OP'S solution re: salt peter would gain. Let's dust them with sugar, shall we? Perhaps it would sweeten their attitudes.

Diddy, I believe the OP said "salt pelter". I suspect rock salt; but, without a gun, I can't imagine how that salt would be propelled. LOL Maybe a sling shot.
Your sugar-dusting idea reminded me of powdered donuts = yum yum.

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