Having recently 'enjoyed' a really rather frightening experience (no injuries, thank heavens) it made me think - what is the best course of action if you encounter an aggressive dog?
Here is what happened to us. My 8 year old and I, with 3 adult dogs and one boisterous puppy in tow, had just left the house and were heading up the lane for our walk. An (English) neighbour had left his gate open and, although walking away from, not towards his property, his staffie type thing raced out of his driveway intent on attacking our group.
I stupidly had leads wrapped round each wrist for 2 of the dogs so could not release them. My little boy had the puppy and Sasha. Sasha leaped in front of Shaun and took the full force of the staffie. Her spine was covered in saliva where I think it tried to bite down but she'd managed to twist out of the way. Shaun's terrified screaming - and I mean terrified as he had hold of Sasha's leash while she was being attacked so this was going on immediately in front of him - brought the neighbour's wife out who got hold of their dog. She laughed it off, telling Shaun "That's how animals talk". I won't tell you what I said.
Anyway, what should I have done? What could I have done? When we go out now I do take a stick with the completely fanciful notion that if it charged again it would need to impale itself on the spear that would be pointing at it before it reached my family.
What would you do?