One dog on leash and the other off leash sets the stage for a big disadvantage. The leashed dog doesn’t have the full range of body movement to enable communication of canine calming signals. When the off leash dog approaches, your dog’s response typically takes one of two forms: fight or flight. Since flight isn’t an option for the leashed dog, don’t be surprised to find your other wise sweet dog take a fight posture, as they haven’t been given options.

First, you need to know the signs of aggression in dogs; for instance, did you know standing still and staring could be the precursor to an attack? Here is a great article to recognize the signs.

Here are some potentially lifesaving tips for trying to get through the experience:

*Be Prepared! In your non-leash, hand carry super high value treats and toss them in a wide scatter towards the approaching dog, then turn your dog in the opposite direction and make your get away. (but don’t run away, running will trigger the prey drive of many dogs and make matters worse).

As dog lovers, K9CC doesn’t like the thought of harming the off leash dogs; so, we recommend carrying this deterrent spray found here. The spray citronella scent surprises and distracts them so you and your dog can safely get away. You simply point the spray towards the aggressive dog’s nose and push down on the spray nozzle.

K9CC hasn’t put this one to a real-life test yet, but this Bulli Ray Dog Stopper umbrella seems to have merit. First teach your dog at home that a quickly opening umbrella is nothing to worry about. Start by teaching your dog that the closed umbrella is a wonderful thing that makes tasty treats appear. Then open the umbrella a tiny bit and have more treats appear. Continue this process until you can open it all the way with your dog calmingly expecting you to make it rain treats.

Additional safety tips…

Finally, the biggest safety tip K9CC has, is getting your leashed dog prepared as possible for the unexpected. Set a solid foundation of good leash manners to keep you and your dog as safe as possible. See our partner page for certified trainer recommendations.

K9CC knows that even when you do everything right, sometimes the negligence of others results in harm to you or your pets. Please submit your stories to [email protected] for inclusion on our blog.