Dog Attacks, Coyotes Stalking–What To Do?

by Mary Haight on May 11, 2010

APPetCorrectorA walk on Tuscon trails with a dog leads to a coyote stalker, lurking not six feet (awk!) from a small dog on a leash, and a cougar print found in the Styring Vineyards in Oregon were two stories I heard from twitter pal Edie Jarolim and new anipal MollytheWineDog  just days ago. And there’s plenty of stories in the news about loose dogs attacking people, children, and other dogs. What can we do in these situations?

Cougars?  That’s a matter of luck.  Coyotes in the wild? If yelling at them would make them move away, what about a product used to divert aggressive dogs, would that work?  And if you think you and your urban dog have no worries,  the results of a study (2000-07) show that the Chicago urban area is home to around 2000 of these critters, and coyotes have adapted very well to urban dwellings across the US. 

The Company of Animals rep sent a product for review, the Pet Corrector, which uses compressed air that emits a hissing sound – the kind snakes and cats make as a defensive warning – to interrupt bad even aggressive behaviors in dogs.  Dr. Roger Mugford is the internationally known animal psychologist who designed it, and it’s a big seller in the UK as a safe, humane training device.  Dogs who chase or attack anything moving have that instinctual behavior cycle broken by the hissing sound. The compressed air in the Pet Corrector is used to help stop dogs jumping on people, barking, stealing, digging and aggressive behavior. Out of curiosity I put the question to the company about coyotes. We’ll have to wait for the answer; they are all at the InterZoo international trade fair for pet supplies in Nurnberg, Germany this week.  

As for using the Pet Corrector on your dog, it gives you a chance to optimize the timing of a reward to reinforce the behavior you want as soon as the dog stops the unwanted behavior. And timing is, as they say, everything. Repetition imprints the lesson. 

For those of you who are struggling with new dogs or young puppies, I’m sorry but Tashi is so good (perfect and lovely in every way:) I have no reason to put this product to use for behavior problems.  I do take it with me now on our walks since I ran into that loose dog not long ago.

There’s also a new small 50 ml canister that comes with a carrier you can attach to your belt. You can check it out at The Company of Animals.

Have you and your dog had any close encounters? Do you carry any deterrants when hiking with your dog or walking in forest preserves? Have you used the Pet Corrector, and if so, what do you think?

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8 comments
veryvizsla
veryvizsla

I'm sure that it's a good product for low risk situations, like a mean dog in a dog park. If I'm walking in a coyote prevalent area, the least I'm carrying is bear spray and the most I'm carrying is a firearm, if it is permitted. I have no problems with a dead coyote, but I do have problems with my dog being killed.

Amy@GoPetFriendly
Amy@GoPetFriendly

Thanks for looking into this! Just last week Ty was attacked by a off-leash dog. Fortunately he wasn't seriously injured - but I felt completely helpless. I asked for suggestions as to what to do on our Facebook page and got a lot of feedback. Everything from carrying citronella spray, to walking sticks, to automatic umbrellas was proposed to be used to distract or repel a dog intent on doing damage. I really like this product however because it does not require "aim."

Edie
Edie

Hey, thanks for researching this, Mary! I couldn't tell -- how large is this product? Is it something you can easily carry on a walk in a purse/fanny pack? I'd take it along!

egoebelbecker
egoebelbecker

Haven't used this yet. Looks interesting. I have no idea what works for coyotes, but I bet Premier's "Spray Shield" is worth a shot. It's a citronella spray that most of the "big box" pet stores carry.

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Get 'em Karen! Fierce protectors of our dogs that we are:) Agree that walking in coyote territory, and especially now when their pups are young, is more a matter of arming yourself than getting close enough to spray anything. I was more attracted to the idea of sound chasing them away and wondered about any differences btw the coyote and a dog in this regard. I ran into a big coyote when I lived in Northern IL up by the Wisconsin border. It was night and I had just swung around the driveway and the headlights hit him. I got out of the car and stared for a moment, just because it was kinda cool. He stared back. So I made noise. He stared back. Then I waved by arms and shouted and he moved at a slow trot in the other direction. Thanks for stopping by:)

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Hi Amy! Jeez, sorry to hear about TY! Off-leash dogs really tick me off. And you are right, we are completely helpless.Everyone should know, don't bother to put your hand near either dog, you'll just get bit and that's always a visit to the hospital. Given Edie's experience (and yours) it was perfect timing to share the Pet Corrector product. This is really an issue especially for you and Rod and the dogs with all the RVing you do in your Winnebago to National Parks, sightseeing and visiting places of interest! Each town is different, and if you're in the South, there are a lot more loose dogs wandering around. Glad you found this review useful!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Your experience posed a great question - I've often thought of what I might be able to do if one of the GSDs down the way got loose and I had Tashi with me. Wildlife more scary! I'll be interested to hear from Company if they other ideas on the wildlife front, but I mentioned they have a new small size that you can hook on your belt or leash:) This photo is guilty of looking like the industrial size can!!

MaryHaight
MaryHaight

Thanks, Eric - I'll take a look at that one too!

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