Stray Dog wrote:What's not debatable is that the kick in the head did nothing to deter the dog. He still kept coming (although playfully it seemed after the initial charge). What made him back away? When the officer put something in his face (in this case his gun)--just as you saw in the video link about how to deter an aggressive dog.
Stray Dog, you may very well be right about that, but to my untrained eye, it looks like the dog backing away from the first officer had more to do with the second officer being present, and especially with the taser being used, than it did with the gun being drawn.
I have two small children (roughly 4 y.o.), and they are still afraid when large dogs approach them. I try to teach them to be calm, but it's not a natural thing for them to do. Is there any good advice for how to deal with aggressive dogs that approach them? I guess I'm asking for advice for myself, because it might take many months/years before they're able to practice any kind of rational behavior around large dogs.
If my children panic when they see a dog, and the dog winds up getting agitated and attacks them, what should I do? I'm not proud of this, but I fear that I would seriously consider kicking the crap out of a dog if it attacked or drew blood from either of my children if I couldn't see another safe way of handling things.
Thanks for answering all of these questions in this topic. You do good work, and the animals of Taiwan are lucky that you've made this island your home.