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Help, I'm developing a complex. I have three dogs - two chihuahuas and a small terrier (less than 20 pounds). I have been walking them together for over three years, no problems.

About six weeks ago, a boxer came bounding out of an open gate, and attacked one of my chichuahuas and the terrier. Terrifying. I grabbed the boxer by back legs (stupid?) and got him behind the fence. However, now I am hypervigilant and frankly worry every time I take my dogs for a walk.

Last week I was walking them in a "dog safe" neighborhood, woman was sitting on her front porch, holding her very large dog - the dog got away from her and made a beeline for my dogs. I freaked out more than they did.

Twice in six weeks - help, should I let go of my dogs leashes when they are approached by an aggressive dog, get pepper spray, what? I try to avoid any large dogs but I'm a nervous wreck. Thanks much for your advice.
 

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Thank you. The umbrella idea is great. I appreciate your point on pepper spray. The staying calm part is difficult at the moment but perhaps it will pass.
 

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I thought of a stick but...wouldn't an aggressive dog just get more dangerous? I don't know whether a raised arm is threatening?? I must say I like the idea of having something in my hand to chase them off.
 

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Thanks for your help, posters. I tried the walking stick thing last night, going to try the umbrella - I realize that by taking these actions I should feel better prepared and able to protect my pups. R
 
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