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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Owned By A Yellow Lab, Sep 3, 2013.


  1. Owned By A Yellow Lab

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    Over on the thread that DOGLESS started, there is a really great discussion going on and most of us seem to agree that it's up to us to 'manage' our dog's interactions as much as possible.

    Well, I got to practise some body blocking today - and it was a bit of a challenge!

    Dex and I were enjoying a brisk walk around a local field when I spy a dog hurtling towards us. I know the dog - he's lovely, but VERY bouncy! He's a gorgeous, young Sharpei x Staffie and he is also extremely strong.

    The dog comes running up and tries to engage with Dex. Dex very deliberately turns his head away which I know means he does not want to play. The dog persists and now I see Dex's jaw really tighten. The other owners are heading our way but not close enough to see these signals.

    I jumped between the two dogs and thankfully Dex stayed behind me. I now end up playing a sort of 'dodge it' with the Sharpei x. He's trying to get round me so every time he swerves to one side, I try and block him :rolleyes: I tried getting his attention away from Dex and towards me and that worked a bit because he's very friendly - but ultimately he wanted Dex.

    I was literally having to leap around blocking this dog (good work out, am sure I burned some calories :D ) but then the little pickle did manage to get round me - Dex then stepped forward and growled at the dog.

    This made the dog pause for half a minute before resuming his attempts; I'm between them again. The owners were very close by then and recalled him but he didn't want to go. While he was looking at them, though, Dex and I basically legged it!

    I wasn't scared of this particular dog BUT I didn't want Dex to be stressed and had the owners not arrived, I think it could have become problematic as the younger dog was getting more and more excited and/or frustrated.

    So, body blocking - any tips? Stories? Thoughts? Clearly I need to brush up on my 'moves'!
     
  2. smokeybear

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    If you carry a stick and teach your dog a "behind" command, you will not need to leap around like whirling dervish.

    As you can use one foot to pivot on and use the other foot and the stick to put between the rude dog and yours.

    Think of making yourself a triangle.
     
  3. Owned By A Yellow Lab

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    We're working on the 'hide' command and Dex did stay behind me. But yes, a stick would have been fab, that's my next step!

    lol lol 'whirling dervish' - spot on
     
  4. HappyWag

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    Haven't practised body blocking yet. But now have visions of you looking like you were dancing with the other dog :D
     
  5. sezeelson

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    I find that raven quickly places herself behind me whe she realises what I'm doing or she starts feeling uncomfortable.

    Learn what you don't like in an approaching dog so you can block before they even get to your dog.
    Stride forward into the dogs space, do not let the dog enter your. I dont particularly like doing this as it seems a bit threatening but it often confuses the dog to stop them in their tracks.
    Continue advancing into their space blocking with your knees and in my experience, the soon give up without the need for the owners.

    Hold yourself up strong and avoid to much speach. Stick to body language alone as they pick is up a lot quicker.

    The more you practice the better you will get as you will learn what to do :)
     
  6. Owned By A Yellow Lab

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    lol lol lol - exactly! :D



    Cheers SEZEELSON, those are really helpful tips :)
     
  7. Owner of a mad terrier

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    How do you body block a strange dog that comes running towards you?

    What about a big stamp on the ground? Would that not stop them in their tracks?
     
  8. Leanne77

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    All my attempts at body blocking have largely failed, depends on how eager the other dog is to get to your dog. Also, some dogs arent phased by assertive behaviour and i've had them totally ignoring my attempts, even when i've gotten physical.

    I cant say i'm entirely comfortable warding off another dog that seems to be approaching (i'm thinking of the video by the American guy on the park with the Malinois who is shooing away any dog that vaguely looks like it might come over) as I tend to think it's a bit OTT. I guess if you have a dog that will react in a majorly negative way then fair enough but I would feel like i'd over reacted if I shooed away a dog that hadnt fully approached.
     
  9. sezeelson

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    In my experience, not at all :/ not unless they are a bit nervy.
    When dogs run over to strangers the last thing they expect is that person to come hurtling towards them.

    If its running full speed will stand in front of raven and at the last minute stick my knee out to deflect them and immediately walk into their space without given them a chance to even realise what's going on.

    I don't like the idea of startling them to much as it can hype dogs up. This is what happens with Scooby and will push him to act worse so I try to confuse them by doing the unexpected. And at least this way you do not need to rely on any tools or bulky sticks etc.

    I do carry pet corrector spray too but it's worse case scenario rather then just deterring dogs.
     
  10. Nataliee

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    Thankfully there have only been a few occasions I've had to block a dog getting to mine, one I screamed at & it ran away. The most recent one I had 4 dogs over the fields, 2 people walk towards us whilst attempting to recall their dog but it was having none of it, it was determined to attack Jake so I grabbed it by the collar, stupid idea? Yep probably but I'll put myself at risk before I allow something to happen to my dogs. Every time we pass that dog now it goes mad & the woman praises it for barking at 'that nasty lady' :rolleyes:
     
  11. Owned By A Yellow Lab

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    I only try and block dogs that I already know Dex doesn't want to play with. Or dogs whose body language make me uneasy.
     
  12. sezeelson

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    Tbh, I would probably of done the same. I have been bitten a few times but I'd definitly take another bite for my dogs.

    Thankfully, I've never had to get physical with another dog! (Apart from my scooby!) Well, I have caught one or two for their owners who couldn't get them back...



    Yeah I basically do the same. If they are friendly or Rossi is approaching them then I am happy for them to meet and even play. When I'm with the little min pins I'm more cautious as more dogs tend to get to rough or see them as a yummy meal! ^^

    There is also something about raven that makes her extremely attractive to the boys! She is mounted on almost every walk we go one were we meet other dogs. Raven won't defend herself, it's just not in her nature so I have to block the dogs. The worst was with two huge Swiss mountain dogs who both LOVED her!
     
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    Kenzie and I have this down to a fine art :lol: If a dog comes running towards us I stand still and Kenzie takes up her position behind me until the other dog either goes away, or Kenzie decides she's happy to socialise. Works well usually :)
     
  14. Milliepoochie

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    We have used this one before to. Walking along one side of a ditch a dog ran from the other side of a field barking and growling at us. Pacing and running up and down the opposite side of the ditch. The owner was literally a speck on the horizon and stood there blowing a whistle. :rolleyes:

    I put Millie on a lead on my right hand side immediately and hubby went ahead. All the time the dog continued to run up / down the ditch pacing near us growling / barking. It tried to get through a couple of times but the undergrowth was to thick thank goodness. We got to the point where our path goes over a bridge to the side of the barking / growling dog.

    Hubby went in front and blocked the path between the other dog and me and I walked past with Millie. The dog then started running towards me. :(

    Hubby by now (This all went on over the best part of 4-7 minutes :rolleyes:) had a very large stick and ran towards it as it moved forward towards us waving the stick shouting 'Get Back - GO GO'.

    It very quickly went from a confident / boisterous not particularly friendly dog to a confused baffled dog. It didnt recall to its owner immediately but I carried on walking - hubby then rejoined us a couple of minutes later once the dog had ran back off to its owner.

    I have no idea if the owner saw my husband chasing her dog with a large stick :eek: To be honest I dont care if she did - The way her dog was reacting theres no way I was going to allow them to meet if it could be prevented.

    If I had been on my own I am genuinely not to sure how I would of handled the situation.

    Although so far these types of things only seem to happen when hubby is with us :rolleyes:
     
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