Patti Soldavini

Unicorn Sighting

In dogs, humor, lifestyle, pets, weimaraners, writing on 05/20/2012 at 7:52 pm

“WHAT the heck is THAT?”

I am very pleased with myself for accidently discovering a foolproof way to break up dog fights safely. And instantly. You can distract the dogs immediately and with such impact that they will forget what they were doing before this unique distraction. You can save your dog from being bitten or you from losing a finger or two by instinctively rushing to your dog’s aid and unwittingly becoming a third participant. You can also avoid the crippling fear and high-octane stress that comes with watching your dog getting attacked. And you can pre-empt a possible lawsuit if it’s your dog that’s being overly aggressive. How? It’s called an Air Horn. I now carry a pocket-sized air horn with me when Olive and I are around other dogs. I came across this trinket when I was cleaning my basement a few weeks ago. I vaguely recall buying it at a party goods store. Not sure why I bought it or how I intended to use it. Not sure what I’m going to do with it now, but apparently I still find it intriguing. I stuff it into the pocket of my hoodie and resume tidying up. The next day, I’m at the dog park and two dogs start to get into each other’s grille. The interaction is escalating quickly and it seems very, very close to turning ugly and dangerous. I reach into my pocket, pull out the air horn and give it a quick burst. The high pitched, skull-piercing sound instantly stills the dogs who now stare in my direction like they have just witnessed a unicorn streaking across the sky. Done. Fight over. They each go their own ways. Granted, I’m sure it’s not great for their ears, but a second or two of minor ear pain seems better than the excruciating pain of getting an ear torn off in a fight. And if you own a weimaraner, you have to be especially careful because large veins criss-cross their ears like a road map, and if punctured, these veins will start gushing blood like a geyser. “DON’T WORRY OLIVE. THERE’S NO WAY I’M EVER LETTING ANYTHING LIKE THAT HAPPEN TO YOU.”

  1. Great Idea!! But sometimes a Fight or an Attack can happen so Fast…re-action time is only Seconds. If you get a chance see my Post Woof, woof ( my Gus was Lucky…Best of Luck to Olive and you…Glenn

    • You are absolutely right. My only hope is that because I maintain such a close eye on Olive that I’d have a better chance of reacting quickly enough. I will be sure to take a look at your post!

  2. Thanks for providing the link. I have a little plastic bottle with quarters in the bottom that I shake, and it has the same effect on lots of dogs, but not all. I am interested in adding this air horn to the arsenal. Absolutely necessary to nip things in the bud before dogs get mad!

    • When Olive was in early training, the coins inside a metal container did absolutely nothing for her. She just looked at me like “Why are you making that noise?” and went right back to doing what she was doing. The spray bottle of water works well on Olive as a behavioral deterrent, but at training class, I saw it have zero effect on one dog. Olive shrinks away the minute she even sees me reach for the spray bottle!

      • Ha ha, my boy would bite at the spray with glee, but he looks absolutely mortified if I say “I will get the jug” (with the quarters).

  3. Great idea! Although I am sure it hurt some ears, it stopped what could have been a dog fight! Yea You!

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