How to deal with aggressive dogs in a community

Written by stephanie daniels
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How to deal with aggressive dogs in a community
You can help protect your family and other community members from aggressive dogs. (dog image by Mat Hayward from

Aggressive dogs are scary to deal with, in your home or in your community. As you walk past an aggressive dog, you naturally worry and fear that the dog may attack you, your children or other neighbourhood children. Dog laws vary from state to state and community to community, but if you feel that you are not fully protected against aggressive dogs in your community, you and other community members can work together to deal with the aggressive dogs.

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Things you need

  • Leashes
  • Chains
  • Kennels
  • Pepper spray
  • Fog horn

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  1. 1

    Create a community coalition against the aggressive dogs. Speak to others in your community to find neighbours who share your feelings about certain dogs or all aggressive dogs in the community. This coalition will help you deal with owners of aggressive dogs who refuse to follow the suggestions and concerns of individuals.

  2. 2

    Visit your sheriff's office and find out about the dog laws in your community and ensure that the owners of the aggressive dogs are following the necessary laws, such as leash laws or chain laws. Familiarise yourself with the laws and which one you believe are being broken.

  3. 3

    Speak to the aggressive dog owners about their pets. Some people may be angry over this conversation, so be polite and respectful. Be sure to bring along a couple other community members as witnesses in case the visit turns into an argument.

  4. 4

    Let the aggressive dog owner know which laws you think he is breaking. Be polite when you explain the laws and why you are concerned about them. Don't insult the person; you want to be respectful and attempt to politely convince her to follow the dog laws. Suggest that the owner begin to use leashes, chain up his dog or place the dog in a kennel, away from the sidewalk and public areas.

  5. 5

    Speak to a local animal control shelter or local law enforcement if the owner of the aggressive pet fails to follow your suggestions and is clearly breaking the law. The law enforcement or animal control team can require the dog owner to follow the rules or face losing the dog.

Tips and warnings

  • Until the owner cages or chains the aggressive dog, carry pepper spray or a fog horn while walking through your community. Use the items to protect you from the dog should it attack. Abide by city and state laws for carrying pepper spray and fog horns.

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