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Pet Tip of the Week: How to Stop a Charging Dog | cnbnews.net

DogrunningBy Dawn Watson


Aside from taking away its credit card, there are several ways in which to stop a charging dog.

Say that you're walking down the street and suddenly, a dog comes 'round the corner at full speed. He may be growling or barking, but whatever he is doing it doesn't seem Banner like he is the friendliest guy in town. How do you make him stop?

Here are several recommendations:

  • Say, "Hey! Sit!" in a firm tone of voice.
  • If he sits, praise him as you are backing slowly away from him. Do not run unless you can duck into a fenced-in yard or can climb onto higher ground.

If he does not respond to the above, and instead runs into you, you may be able to 'scruff' him. Scruffing is a method of holding the dog by grabbing the skin at the back of his neck. At that point, begin yelling for help.

If you are walking your dog and a dog charges you, getting him to stop is more difficult. Try the, "Hey, sit!" method first. If your dog is small and on a harness, it is easy to pull her to your chest as you back away from the charging dog.

There is no easy answer to these scenarios. An unleashed, strange dog is always a danger so be prepared when you are outdoors. Taking a small spray container of Bitter Apple with you might help. This product can be purchased at any pet store or online. It is non-toxic but emits a strong, peppery smell that will stop most dogs (and people) in their tracks. A quick spray of Bitter Apple will give you enough time to get to safer ground.

If you have questions about this or any other dog-related topic please email me at brotherofthewolf@comcast.net. There is never a fee for email consultations.

Wishing all of you a Happy New Year!

Wado udohiyu, (thank you very much in the Cherokee language)

Dawn Watson


Brother of the Wolf, LLC

Located in Gloucester City, NJ

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