On another forum, I saw a post where a dog was approaching somebody else's dog and growling. The poster, and many of the people replying talked about how they would hit or kick a dog who was coming after theirs in an aggressive way. I just got a really uneasy feeling about this. I can't think of any situations where it would be necessary to hit or kick a dog. If a dog would ever come after one of my dogs, my first move would be to put myself between my dog and the oncoming dog and just yell a good, firm "NO!" Any time a dog has come up towards my dogs and me during a walk, and I've yelled no, or go home, they've just stopped, and at the very least just stood there looking confused, or turned to go home. Heck, one time, Gordy was on his leash, and another dog was having a stare down with him, and I didn't catch on in time, and Gordy went to lunge after the other dog. The other dog's owner yelled NO and held her hand out, and Gordy came back to a heel position. If she would have hit or kicked Gordy to stop him, I would have been beyond mad. Even when breaking up a fight, you don't hit a dog. I just can't think of a situation where I would feel that I needed to hit somebody's dog... yet this group of people all thought it was a totally viable option. Am I missing something? Would you ever hit somebody else's dog?