In the past two days, I’ve read about four articles on dogs being attacked and killed while out on a daily walk with their owners.
The article that upset me the most was about a Yorkie killed by a pack of dogs after they escaped from an open gate and charged the pup’s owner.
There was nothing the owner could do.
Same thing in New Jersey where a small mini-pin was attacked and killed by a coyote. (In this case, the dog was unleashed and was away from its owner, but still.)
I’m not going to lie, but this freaks me the heck out.
Many of us do everything we can to protect our dogs, but what happens when the situation is out of our control?
A few months ago, a neighbor’s large breed dog was attacked by another large-breed dog who got out from a fence and charged it. She began kicking the dog and hitting the attacking dog, but it still did a number on her dog. They almost lost the dog, but thankfully they got it to the vet in time. Still, it took weeks for the dog to recover.
Now, anyone who knows me, knows I’m a worrywart, but this is a serious issue and concern when I take Toby for a walk, especially that a little dog went after him a while back and several times since. I almost always carry dog treats with me, but bribing an attacking dog won’t exactly solve the issue.
So, what kind of measures do you, or can you, take to prevent your dog from being attacked while out on a walk?