Alternatives to Hand to Hand Combat When Someone Kicks Your Dog

When I read the story about the soldier who’s service dog was kicked twice by airline employees, I was stunned.  I couldn’t believe that anyone could be so cruel to an animal.  How can you look at someone who put their life on the line for you and kick their dog?  Twice?

Then I wondered what I would do if someone kicked my dog.  I didn’t have to ponder long.  I remembered a moment when a man pulled his leg back in preparation of kicking Sydney (yes, Princess Pretty Paws) and I flipped out.  I’m a college educated, professional black woman who will switch on the ghetto when my dogs are in danger.  I think I shocked more than frightened the man as I called him every name in the book, threatened to bury him under the jail, as I shared that my boyfriend is a cop.

His wife apologized.

What to Do When Someone Kicks Your Dog…

First, don’t call the police.

Second, ask yourself if your dog is hurt.  I know you’re pissed, but is your dog really injured.

Richard C. Kelleher, a public relations expert, reminds us that someone kicking a dog shouldn’t be lumped into the same bucket as animal cruelty.  But “if someone is in the dog park just kicking dogs, it’s a bully situation. Men should stand up to them and women should learn how to use pepper spray.”

If you believe your dog was injured…

Dr Vadim Chelom B.V.Sc., a Veterinarian with 5 years of experience working at RSPCA, shared the following steps: www.doctor-pets.com

  1. Collect information, as much as possible: name of person, time, take contact details of witnesses if possible.
  2. Get the dog examined by a Veterinarian – take a copy of the written report.
  3. Don’t contact the Police – they wouldn’t be interested. Contact animal control.

Are you sure we shouldn’t call the police?

If this is a criminal situation where someone is bullying dogs and dog owners, then of course you should dial 911.  I would recommend saying “non-emergency” when the dispatcher comes on the line, explain the situation, and s/he will explain what you can do.

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  1. If someone kicked my dog I would follow all the steps you recommended. After I broke his neck.
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    • LOL, Robert

      Yep, it’s pretty much how I feel too.
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  2. Another good reason why I shouldn’t be allowed to have a gun…. I’ve never run into this, but I’d go ballistic. Just saying.
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    • LOL – Theresa – I so agree.

      I got lots of looks that day after my flip out. Other dog owners were pleased and this guy was shocked. My boyfriend (a cop) was glad that he wasn’t there that day. I told him he was there in spirit, because I threatened this guy with the entire force.

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  3. I can’t even imagine what I’d do if someone kicked the poodle. She’s such a sensitive, sweet baby it’d probably scar her for life. Hell, I get rowdy enough when someone insults her hairdo.

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    • I couldn’t imagine someone touching your sweet poodle. She’s so wonderful and friendly. But the idea of you getting rowdy – I would insult her hair to see that, but I’m a little afraid :)

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  4. Unfortunately I didn’t really see an answer of what to do. I can’t imagine an a-hole that kicks a dog give you their info. My dog was kicked once, while she was pooping on the grass near a sidewalk, as I was getting out my poop bag. The guy appeared to be a transient/homeless type – toothless, mangy hair, dirty, etc. His kicking my dog took me totally by surprise and he then started yelling at me to not let my dog sh&t there (or something to that effect) and going off on who knows what. The guy was definitely not all there and I don’t know if there would have been anything I could have done to help the situation. Wish I had an answer but not sure there is an answer. My dog was fine, but my gawd! my dog didn’t deserve that and I don’t want my dog to be afraid to do her thing when she needs to.

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    • Hi Carolyn – in your situation, if you felt threatened then I think the best course of action would be to remove yourself from the situation while calling the police. I’m surprised to read that you didn’t feel that this post shared an answer of what to do, but not every post is for every one. I tried to share a list of ideas of what to do that have worked for people I know, but every situation is different, of course.

      Sorry it wasn’t helpful to you, but I hope there was no permenant damage to your dog and that she’s not afraid of strangers. I also appreciate the comment and wish you a great weekend.

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    • LOL, Jana
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  5. Great advice. And I have to say your ghetto remark had me spewing coffee this morning!

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    • Thanks, Jaye
      I don’t get angry often, but threaten my dogs (or cats)and I morph into Black Justice, a sexy, stylish super hero with a foul mouth and a Louisville Slugger :)

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  6. I hate when kids aren’t taught how to handle animals. My nephew who is 3 decided that hitting Dagny would be a good idea and I almost threw him across the room. Oops. I know kids don’t know better, but parents really need to show their kids what is and is not acceptable. Adults should know better and I wouldn’t hesitate to get physical with an adult (ok not smart I know), but a kid? What do you do there?

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    • That’s such a difficult situation. I’ve come across so many children who are afraid of dogs and they’re in areas where dogs are common (like the dog park). I always watch the body language of the kids and go in the opposite direction if they don’t seem comfortable or if they are too aggressive. I’m stunned by how many parents don’t know that kids staring dogs in the eye or approaching them too quickly is dangerous. A man came to our house to pick up a tractor part and his kid jumped the fence into our dogs yard and started chasing them – what if we had aggressive dogs? The guy didn’t seem upset at all and was confused and offended when we asked him to make his son wait in their truck.

      It’s so important to teach children about dogs; but if someone visits us and has kids, we leave our dogs outside OR we ask them to leave the kids at home (if they’re rough).

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    • LOL – I hear ya!
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  7. Your passion shows a lot through your writing. This post is really great, because I do see this sometimes and it’s really not nice, considering I have a dog myself. Bullying when it comes to animals is something I’ve never thought of though. Great post and BTW, I love your front page. You are too funny!

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    • Thanks so much, Lexie!!!
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  8. hey Kimberly, I saw your comment on pro-blogger and wanted to check out your blog. Very interesting blog, I enjoyed this post and will be sharing it with my friends with dogs, thanks.

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  9. Oh, you are awesome and I love your website. I’m not sure I would be able to keep my composure if someone were to kick my dog. I would feel the urge to kick back, to be honest.

    Your blog is great and I’m glad I stopped in today~saw your featured post at SITS. Loved it!
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    • Hi Charlotte! Thanks for stopping by! I’m only able to keep my composure, because my boyfriend is a cop. If it weren’t for that, I’d lose it too. There’s some comfort in knowing that if the police show up, they’ll either know me or have heard of me and know my boyfriend. I came close to losing it with that guy who acted like he was going to kick Sydney. I don’t know if he believed me or not about my boyfriend being a cop, but he figured he shouldn’t test the theory. When I told my boyfriend, he blew his stack. :)
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