Everyone has to watch out for a lot of things -- and dangerous dogs on-the-loose are one of them.
Face it. They should be confined, but sometimes they get out. They should be trained, but sometimes they are not. Sometimes they are fenced and ignored, so they grow angry, frustrated, and vicious.
A few months ago, whenI was walking with a friend, we heard a loud scream and a lot of snarling down the street from us. As I turned, commencing my run in that direction, I saw two huge Dobermans circling a neighbor and her Labrador Retriever with bared teeth, displaying distinctive, pre-attack, practice lunges.
Normally, as I raced to the site, I would stop when I came within a proximate range and command their attention. This time, though, the male Doberman was launching himself off the ground with jaws wide open, aimed at the neighbor's neck!
Instinctively, I dove at him, shoving my fingers on his neck with an intense "pack bite." That immediately broke his attack focus, and he went into a submissive state, perfectly still and under my control.
His change of mode automatically caused the same change in the female, who suddenly became calm as well. She became a sweetheart. She was just a follower. Actually, a follower can be worse when in aggression mode, but now she was easily led home.
You, too, can learn to protect yourself and others from dog aggression and danger. I have written a series of articles on Dog Dominance Behavior and will write more on this issue, both in articles published on my site and in my free newsletter. I welcome your questions and concerns, and will seek to address them here and in future articles or ezines.