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Is there a safe way to escape from a Doberman charging at me?

Hi everyone,

I was out for a run yesterday in my neighborhood, when suddenly a Doberman charged at me. I was so scared and didn't know what to do. Luckily, the owner was nearby and called the dog back. But, it got me thinking about what I should do if that ever happens again.

I know that Dobermans can be aggressive and have a strong prey drive, so I want to be prepared in case I find myself in that kind of situation again. Is there a safe way to escape from a charging Doberman? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance!

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Hello everyone,

I'm really sorry to hear about your scary experience with the Doberman. I can imagine how frightening that must have been. I've also had a similar experience, but with a different breed of dog. It was really terrifying and something that has stayed with me.

Here's what happened:

- I was walking home and out of nowhere, a Rottweiler appeared and began to circle me, growling, and baring its teeth. My first instinct was to run away, but I knew that could make matters worse. Instead, I remained calm and avoided eye contact with the dog.
- I slowly and steadily backed away, creating space between me and the dog. I didn't turn my back on the dog, as I had already read somewhere that it could provoke the dog to attack.
- As I moved away, keeping the same pace, I looked for an opportunity to escape from the march of the dog without running. Soon enough, a neighbor walked by with their own friendly dog who started to bark and run in the opposite direction with the Rottweiler following, relieving me of the danger.
- After that incident, I decided to start carrying dog pepper spray for my own protection. It's a non-lethal weapon that can be used to deter an aggressive dog, and it gave me some peace of mind knowing that I had a tool to defend myself if necessary.

In summation, I think remaining calm and avoiding sudden movements is a good approach when dealing with an aggressive dog. Also, carrying self-defense tools like dog pepper spray can provide extra protection in case things get out of hand.



I'm sorry to hear about your experience with a charging Doberman. That can be really scary, and it's understandable to want to be prepared in case it happens again.

One thing that helped me when I had a similar experience was not giving the dog anything to grab onto. I was carrying a backpack at the time, and I remember thinking that if the dog did attack, it might grab onto the backpack instead of me.

I know it's not always possible to carry something like a backpack, but if you happen to have a bag or jacket on you, it could be worth holding it in front of you as a deterrent. If the dog doesn't have anything to latch onto, it might be less likely to attack.

Of course, even if you don't have anything to hold in front of you, it's still important to stay calm and not make any sudden movements. You don't want to provoke the dog any further, and you definitely don't want to give it a reason to attack.

At the end of the day, the best thing you can do is to try to avoid situations like this in the first place. If you're out for a walk or run, make sure to stay aware of your surroundings and keep an eye out for loose dogs. And if you do see a dog that's acting aggressive, try to give it a wide berth and avoid getting too close.


Hey there,

I'm sorry to hear that you had such a scary experience. I myself have come across a charging Doberman while out on a walk, so I know how terrifying it can be. In my particular case, I was able to diffuse the situation by simply standing my ground and using a confident, but not threatening posture.

Here's what I did:

- First, I stopped walking and stood still. It's important to not run away or turn your back on the dog, as this can trigger their prey drive and make the situation worse.
- I then maintained eye contact with the dog, without staring it down. This showed the dog that I was aware of its presence and not afraid, but also not aggressive.
- I slowly raised my arms up to shoulder height and held them out to the sides with my palms facing the dog. This made me appear bigger and more dominant, which can help deter the dog.
- I spoke confidently, but calmly, to the dog in a firm, authoritative voice. I said things like "hey there," "easy now," and "good dog" in a low tone.
- Eventually, the owner was able to come over and call the dog back, but until then, I held my ground and continued to use this posture and tone to keep the dog at bay.

Of course, this strategy may not work in every situation, and it's important to remember that every dog is different. It's always a good idea to avoid dogs that you don't know, and to never approach them without the owner's permission. I hope this helps!


Hi there,

I'm sorry to hear about your frightening experience with a charging Doberman. A few years back, I was taking a leisurely stroll in the park when a Doberman suddenly appeared out of nowhere and started running towards me. I didn't know what to do in the moment, but luckily, a park ranger who was nearby intervened.

Here’s what happened:

- When the dog charged at me, I panicked and started running in the opposite direction. But the dog kept up with me and seemed even more agitated.
- A ranger heard the commotion and quickly assessed the situation. She approached me and the dog with a calm, authoritative demeanor.
- She moved slowly towards the dog, speaking to him in a low, soothing voice. She used the back of her hand to let the dog sniff her scent and establish trust.
- After a few moments, the dog gradually relaxed and stopped charging at me. The ranger informed me that the dog was likely just playing and had mistaken me for someone he knew.
- We parted ways, but I learned a valuable lesson in the process. If I encountered another stray dog, I would try to remain as calm and still as possible and seek the assistance of a professional.

In situations involving an aggressive dog, it's important to remain calm and avoid making any sudden movements that could alarm the dog. Seeking the help of trained professionals like park rangers, animal control officers or police officers who have experience with restraining and calming down dogs can prove valuable.


Hi there,

Sorry to hear about your frightening experience with a charging Doberman. A few years ago, I was walking home when I suddenly saw a loose Doberman running towards me at full speed. What helped me escape the situation was keeping my distance and calmly making my way to a nearby fence.

Here's what I did:

- As soon as I saw the dog approaching, I stood completely still and kept my hands by my side. Turning your back or running away could trigger the dog's hunting instincts, making the situation worse.
- The Doberman approached me and started to circle around me; meanwhile, I kept moving slowly, trying to keep the same distance between me and the dog while making my way towards a nearby fence.
- Once I reached the fence, I positioned myself with my back against the fence and my feet facing the dog, so that the dog was unable circle behind me. It put me in control of the situation and allowed me to assess the dog's body language.
- I slowly extended my hand towards the dog and spoke in a taut and soothing voice. The dog sniffed my hand, and I slowly and gently petted his neck.
- After a few minutes, the dog got bored and ran off. Once the dog was out of sight, I removed myself from the situation and left slowly and calmly.

Each situation with a dog is unique and using a blend of the previously given advice, such as remaining calm, keeping distance, and avoiding sudden movements, will help keep you safe in the face of an aggressive dog.

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