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Izzy and I were walking down a country lane we often use and suddenly two huge dogs ran out of the field and ran towards us. I don't know the breed, they were hairy hounds with sort of blood hound faces taller than a labrador but not as tall as a great dane. I stood and used my deepest loudest voice and said 'go', which usually works with farm dogs. They didn't go they just kept trying to grab Izzy. I know not to pick her up as dogs just jump up. One of them picked her up by the fur on her back and started shaking her so I kicked it away and picked her up. They were then jumping at me! Fortunately a car stopped and the lady took me home. Advice - what should I have done? I can't imagine what would have happened if the car hadn't come along (they don't come very often on that lane). Fortunatley the dogs weren't interested in me, they didn't attempt to attack or bite me, they really wanted Izzy - she was a crying shaking mess by the time we got in the car (well I was still shaking!)
 

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thats horrible for both of you, even reading it made me feel ill, i can't give u any advice but i know i would have done just the same, hope your both ok x x
 

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omg that must of been scary.I havent got my pup yet but have been walking my cousins cockapoo he's so loving and friendly but the other day a dog went for him luckly they were both on leads but it really scared me so i know how you feel.My friend mentioned something about if one dog is on the lead and the other not then that makes it worse and she said she would let hers off the lead if a dog was attacking it??? not sure if this is correct??
 

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Izzy and I were walking down a country lane we often use and suddenly two huge dogs ran out of the field and ran towards us. I don't know the breed, they were hairy hounds with sort of blood hound faces taller than a labrador but not as tall as a great dane. I stood and used my deepest loudest voice and said 'go', which usually works with farm dogs. They didn't go they just kept trying to grab Izzy. I know not to pick her up as dogs just jump up. One of them picked her up by the fur on her back and started shaking her so I kicked it away and picked her up. They were then jumping at me! Fortunately a car stopped and the lady took me home. Advice - what should I have done? I can't imagine what would have happened if the car hadn't come along (they don't come very often on that lane). Fortunatley the dogs weren't interested in me, they didn't attempt to attack or bite me, they really wanted Izzy - she was a crying shaking mess by the time we got in the car (well I was still shaking!)
OMG that sounds awful. I have never had an experience like that, but I agree with the other comments that I would have done the same as you. I think you did everything you could to protect Izzy and I think that you had no choice but to pick her up. Poor Izzy, I hope she isn't too traumatised by her experience (or you for that matter, I know it would have knocked my confidence) x
 

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Just read online that if you carry a stick ie: walking stick you can use this to make a barrier between you and the attacking dog (though never swing to hit the dog)
 

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Oh, poor you, Cara and poor Izzy! I have no idea what I would have done. You were so brave to shout at them and thank heavens you were rescued! I hope Izzy is feeling better now and I hope you are sitting down with a stiff gin!
 

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That's horrible Cara. It's traumatic for both of you. Dylan was badly attacked when he was 4 months old and it took months for him to re-socialise. And I was really nervous and over-cautious for a long time. So pleased that Izz wasn't hurt. Sounds like you did the right thing - I would pick Dylan up to protect him now -rather get bitten myself than have him harmed. Can you find the dogs and report them or were they nowhere near a house? It's important to get izz with other friendly dogs asap so she gets her nerve back as apparently they can become aggressive themselves after an attack. Dylan is still nervous with large dogs, but his tactic now is to immediately lie down when approached whicj seems to dispel their aggression. Hugs to you and izz xx
 

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Thanks Helen and everyone. I am hoping someone will have some dog training experience and know what to do in case this happens to others. Helen as you can imagine when I got home Jim (hubby) was livid and we got in the car and drove back to where it had happened. There was now a bit of a pathetic lady owner with the two large dogs and an old springer. We got her name and address and Jim is going to report it tomorrow. Amazingly I know the house she lives in and it is a tiny terrace - with these two enormous dogs and the spaniel! I wish I had asked her what breed they were. xx
 

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Were they Irish wolfhounds?

Well done for getting the lady's name. I think I would have hidden behind the sofa for a few days! Was she apologetic?
 

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I'd definitely report it - they shouldnt be out loose if they are aggressive. Irresponsible owners make me so angry - the trauma caused by dog attacks is massive. It really spoiled dog ownership for me for a while.
 

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Were they Irish wolfhounds?

Well done for getting the lady's name. I think I would have hidden behind the sofa for a few days! Was she apologetic?
I would doubt they were wolfhounds - I used to have one and they are totally non-aggressive. Maybe lurchers.
 

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Oh my gosh, I am sorry you and Izzy had to go through that! Do report it, for sure. Obviously those dogs cannot be trusted off leash. I spent many years of my life afraid of dogs so I can't imagine what I would do if something like that happened to me.
 

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Horrid, absolutely horrid. Thats my worse nightmare. Millie is such a friendly dog I can imagine what would happen if a dog turned on her.

I hope you are both ok now. Try and socialise her as soon as possible with dogs you know are friendly. I dont know what I would have done in that situation, my instinct would be to grab my dog and hold her close.
 

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I would doubt they were wolfhounds - I used to have one and they are totally non-aggressive. Maybe lurchers.
I am not very good at dog breeds! Have just looked through a book, and it isn't in there! The closest face I can find is a great dane, but the dog was not as big as that (almost) and it had red setter type fur, but not as long as a red setters! I wouldn't be any good if I had to give info for a photo fit!!!!! It definately wasn't a wolf hound and now I know what a lurcher looks like - not a lurcher! One of them was dark reddy brown and the other was black - they were a bit slobbery!!!!!
 

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Oh Cara & Izzy....

You poor things, that sort of situation is what really scares me when I am out with my dogs. We can all control our own dogs, but someone elses, well thats another story...

Biggest hugs and love to you both xxxxxxx
 

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I dread something like that happening - us girls walk every wednesday and did get attacked by a pack of dogs - i can only think they thought my furry scarf which i had took off to be an animal as it was dangling from my arm - i threw it and it threw the dog for a while but i wonder if i'd had a water pistol would it have surprised them enough to stop or would it make them more angry?? Love to you and Izzy - hope she recovers soon xxxx
 

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Cara, hope you and Izzy are feeling a little better after your shock. I'm not sure what I would have done, probably picked Obi up. I've just had a quick look online and found this suggestion.

"Your very best option is to walk carrying some sort of stick at least two feet long and one inch in diameter. A walking stick, cane, wooden dowel, PVC pipe, or even a twirler’s baton will work just fine. If attacked, point the stick at the dog’s nose and keep it there. Make the stick the obstacle the dog must overcome in order to advance.

If the dog stops its advance, you have thwarted their initial attack. While still pointing your stick at the dog, take a small step towards them. If the dog backs up, take another step. You are now taking their territory from them. Repeat as often as necessary until the dog retreats. This sounds fine until you meet a dog that doesn’t back down.

If the dog does not back down, keep pointing the stick at them. The stick must be used as a joust, not a club. If you swing the stick and miss, you leave yourself open for a counterattack. The goal is to have the dog grab the stick so that their mouth is occupied. When they grab the stick, they will instinctively pull.

Pay attention-here’s the part a lot of people don’t know: When the dog pulls on the stick, DO NOT PULL BACK!! They are much stronger than we are and have a lower center of gravity. Pulling back plays to their strength and you will not win this tug-of-war. Additionally, if the dog releases their bite on the stick while you are pulling (probably with all your strength) you may stumble backwards and while trying to recover your balance the dog will be free to attack again.

The better move is when the dog grabs the stick, wait for it to pull and at that moment take a small step into the dog. This will push the stick into the dog's mouth. The dog can easily be injured by this action, so please be as gentle as possible. The idea is to defeat it, not kill it. You need to be focused on keeping the stick in the dog’s mouth, rendering it useless for biting anything else. Again, you do not want to push so hard as to injure the dog, but you do want to create enough of a negative experience so as to make the dog retreat and (hopefully) cause it to possibly not attack other dogs.

If they do not grab the stick and do not back away, begin poking the dog with the stick. They will soon grow tired of being jabbed and retreat".

So it's based on using the stick as someone suggested but how you do this when there is two dogs I just don't know! Report the incident and make the owner accountable.
 

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You poor things - hope you're feeling slightly better :(

A similar thing happened to my sister in law who was walking her patterjack, 3 greyhounds came and attacked Archie so she picked him up, they were both bitten, Archie quite badly !
He ended up at vets having stitches and Noreen ended up at A and E !
The dogs belonged to an old man and they reported the incident to the police. The police went to see him and he was told that they had to be on a lead whenever they go out now.
Fortunately Noreen and Archie both recovered well and it hasn't frightened Archie with other dogs !
It must have been so scarey for you both, make sure you report the owner !
 

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I would doubt they were wolfhounds - I used to have one and they are totally non-aggressive. Maybe lurchers.
No, silly suggestion really, I've never heard of an aggressive wolfhound either! I was just going on Cara's initial description. But I have no idea now!

Well, anyway, whichever breed it was, it looks like it was the owner that was the problem, not the breed!
 
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