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Was out taking Buddy for a walk with the scooter started to go by some apartments well right up on the yard of the apartment a Dobe bigger than Buddy was watching us. The gate where you drive into the apartments was open all the Dobe had to do is go around the gate. I saw the Dobe before Buddy did we just turned around and high tailed it out of there. No person around the loose Dobe that I could see.Always scared some loose dog will attack Buddy guess I better get to a boat store and get a little fire extinguisher. The way Buddy acts some times I think he would fight in a heart beat.
I have been carrying a small water bottle with a sprayer on it with water and a tad of vinegar in it. I started spraying Buddy every time he starts his whining /barking at other dogs & cats while we are out. He seems to be getting the message shut up.Still looking at No Pull Harnesses for him to wear since he thinks he is a sled dog will be great if we ever run out of power someday. At this point not doing my arm much good getting longer than the right arm.Still using the Gentle Leader at this point.
I have been told to exercise Buddy allot but then told if Buddy pulls just stop the scooter and make him sit.Hard to do both since the scooter is for exercising Buddy.
Buddy got his CGC certificate today getting a frame for it at the Dollar store also got him a tag saying he has his CGC since we go out & about.Maybe of a help one of these days who knows.
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oh good thing you got him outta there in time. I had a similar experiance today as you can read in the off topic forum. I hate it too when people let their dogs run loose when it isnt appropriate! Its happened twice to me in the past week. Same place, different dogs.
 

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good idea with the water bottle. you can even put a little amonia in the bottle just in case you want to be double sure you won't be attacked. There's a loose dobe in my neighborhood too, no one thinks much of him, he's actually quite friendly to dogs and humans. Kind of funny that i know his name and not the owner's. But it's never worth taking a risk when walking on leash with an unknown loose animal. I hope you keep making progress with his pulling problem.
 

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Way to go on the CGC. We don't have any dobies by us. We do have a jack russell terrier and he just barks....alot! Rocco looks at him like he's crazy and just walks away. I guess he figures it's not worth it. LOL. His best friend is a year old boxer that's twice his size and and timid.
 

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Since I want to try to train Buddy as a Service dog to help me around the house. Joined a Service dog forum also they were saying you could always use your wheelchair or scooter to try and block a stray dog from attacking? Not too sure about that since most of my scooter is fiberglass/plastic? Still think I will get a small fire extinguisher to put in the scooter basket.I some times have Patches with us also so have to look out for her too.I have gotten some booklets on training your own Service dog.It is hard to know where to start and when to start have been wondering if I need to wait for his brains to show up.At present we are going back over sit stays & down stays Buddy thinks he does not have to do them.Ha-Ha I only tell him once then still make him do it are all Dobes that way? Sure gets old making him do it when he knows it.Bought a note book to take notes on when we train only try to train about 10 minutes twice a day do not want to bore him.Trying clicker training and touch but never did it before so not sure if I'm doing it right.Guess I need to hit the Library and read up on Clicker Training.
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I was taking the dogs for a walk once and an English Mastiff was loose and came running over by us. Let me tell you, my dogs and I were praying this dog was friendly. He turned out to be a huge sweet heart and loved playing with my lab Molly, even though he was 6 inches taller than her Rock was way to taken back by his size at first but kinda warmed up.
 

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Congrats on Buddy's achievement!

I will never understand how people can be so careless as to let their dogs run loose. Besides the fact that they can be injured or killed by a car, I'd be worried that the dog would be picked up and sold for medical testing, byb'g or dog-fighting.

I can appreciate your anxiety when approached by a Mastiff, Tiny. I find that since I've owned a Dobe (or been owned by one), I am even less afraid of big dogs - not that I ever was nervous around them. I had a big dog run up to me at the DP and try to jump up and bite at my mittens and (I'm not sure where it came from) I just grabbed his collar and told him to 'sit' in a firm voice. Of course the owner was too busy nursing her coffee and chatting at the other side of the DP to keep an eye on her lab, so I wasn't about to apologize for disciplining her dog. Had I been a child I could have been knocked over and injured.
 

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Yikes to the loose dog.........way to be watching everything Patches!

And Whooooooooo hoooooooooo on Buddies CGC :D
 

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...Still think I will get a small fire extinguisher to put in the scooter basket.Patches Mom
Hey Patches Mom,

I have a question and then a comment.

The question is why would you get a fire extinguisher to carrier in the scooter basket?

The comment is that fire extinguishers which discharge high pressure air and a powder (usually baking powder) or CO2 to put out fires--which is what most of the small ones are, can burn the heck out of a dog or you if discharged close to skin. They can blind a dog if discharged into the face. The air basically comes out supercooled and freezes what it touches if it is close. I know this from unfortunate personal experience and still have a healthy scar on my back from 25 years ago when someone was fooling around and got me with a little 2-1/2 lb extinguisher.

What has been pretty successful and less risky has been using one of the small handheld horns which take a compressed air can and make a whole lot of noise--it will usually deter.

I'd stay away from the fire extinguisher idea. Ammonia and water in a squirt bottle already recommended by someone else will also work well as will what you are using or lemon juice and water.
 
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