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Thread: The Day My Heart Stopped in My Chest. Interested in Your Opinions.

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    You did everything a responsible dog owner would do in that situation and then some

    Glad he's ok.

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    Personally I think people misinterpret prey drive as aggression as they don't have any understanding of the differences between them. I'll put my hand up to say that I am fairly ignorant of the difference too, although I do recognise there is a difference.

    I have Pugs though, Pugs show very litle prey drive and or aggression.

    I vote that someone with knowledge creates a thread about this subject so we can all learn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Jarrah~ View Post
    Yep she is fine now...........that night she slept on my bed and I hardly slept because I was listening for her breathing all night, It was like having a new born all over again. I have medical training so I kept a really close eye on her for the week after it happened. She is back to normal now except for the hole digging.
    I am glad she is back to normal! This guy beating her with a cricket bat is simply unbelieveable, no matter what she did!

    And for killing chickens I agree with what was said before. She is a dog! If we wouldn't stop Ziggy in the park she would chase every bird. I can understand how shocked you must have been though. Before we installed the doggy door we left the door to our backyard open while we were at work and one day a pigeon flew in. When I got home there were feathers everywhere and a dead bird lying in the kitchen. I was shocked because Ziggy had killed a bird. But I would guess almost every other dog would have done the same thing, particularly if they are not used to birds. For her it probably was the best "toy" she had But it is definitely no sign of aggression!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Occy View Post
    What you see as friendly some people see an intimidating.

    BTW it's total BS that an aggressive dog would tear a chicken to pieces. My old shep - the one before Cappy - got to their neighbours chooks. Well - they got into our yard. He tore them apart - nothing left but feathers and a cluck! He wasn't an aggro dog - EVER - it was simply the fun of the chase

    Sandy and Cappy tag teamed a possum once - and she tore it to shreds before we even got to the yard. Sandy was never aggro - it was just instinct

    The bloke sounds like a douche
    hahahahahhahhaah thats funny.

    Ok, i hope i dont get killed for this, but before I had Lady, and a fence on the property, i came home from a walk and as I came to my house, a husky ran over from out of no where, I growled at the dog 'go home!' but it ran away and turned into my house, I ran after it so see it squeeze through my chicken gate and kill 4 of my chickens and a duck. It got them in a corner and was just trying to grab them, I was trying to pull it off by its collar but it was too strong, I did have to resort to hitting the dog with a broom as hard I could but it ignored the bashing untill it had killed every thing it could.
    It finished and just stood wagging its tail looking at me, I grabbed it by the scruff of the neck and dragged it to the road and it ran off.
    Never saw it again.
    I should have had a fence, but this dog was wandering around, came onto my land and killed my animals.
    I had every right to hit that animal.
    I belive that man had every right to hit your dog, but I am glad that she is ok now.

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    I'm glad Jarrah is OK (beautiful looking dog BTW) and that everything worked out with the council. My dogs only exhibit this type of behavior with Hyde park rats ... But that's a very specific trait that was bred into them.

    It sounds like you have done all the right things by apologising, fortifying your back yard and replacing the chickens. I hope the whole stress of the situation fades into the background and happier Jarrah memories come to the foreground!

    As far as the neighbor goes, I'm not sure it's healthy for him to be preemptively threatening to kill your dog and announcing it to other people. He could be feeling a little "vulnerable" or "violated" in the sense that his home security was breached and his "property" damaged ... He's just expressing his frustration and anger, unfortunately not constructively.

    Who knows ... the guy might have loved his chickens as much as we love our own dogs or maybe his family relies on the eggs those chickens produce. Hopefully he didn't hit Jarrah after she stood down from the attack.

    Personally, if an unknown larger dog physically attacked my smaller dog and I could see that my dog was in mortal and immediate danger then I would have no problem in exercising any amount of physical trauma to halt the attack.

    The exception to this would be if I knew the attacking dog, especially if I knew it to be of reasonably good nature. In which case nobody likes to hurt the people they know ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Personally I think people misinterpret prey drive as aggression as they don't have any understanding of the differences between them. I'll put my hand up to say that I am fairly ignorant of the difference too, although I do recognise there is a difference.

    I have Pugs though, Pugs show very litle prey drive and or aggression.

    I vote that someone with knowledge creates a thread about this subject so we can all learn.
    I had a thread about dog aggression that even though is slightly off topic to here is good to read (until the end where it got nasty and locked) to see everyones opinions on the matter.

    http://www.dogforum.com.au/general-d...ggressive.html

    Kimba has a high prey drive and no aggression towards dogs and people.
    I know a few others on here have problems with their dogs prey drive.

    ETA*forgot What I was originally going to write..lol*
    Kimba killed a possum in our back yard, gutted it and hid it in my wardrobe. I thought it was one of the kids toys until I picked it up.
    Not once did she had a speck of blood, fur or anything on her. She sleeps in my bed so I would definately notice anything on her..

    I think because Jarrah is such a big dog it is immediately intimidating to someone who isn't used to them and im sure after seeing the chickens they would assume your dog is aggressive. Hopefully you can sort it out without too much more trouble.
    Last edited by Sharoo; 06-21-2009 at 05:42 PM.

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    I have seven big sighthounds at home right now....

    I has lots of prey drive here....

    Which Mr Possum discovered as he became dinner... and the local wild rabbits are on high alert....

    Very little if ever any dog aggression though, even in a mixed pack of males females, desexed and not.


    Edit to add - Sharoo, your possum must have smelled better than the one my lot caught - I couldn't go near them for a day!! Yikes!!

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    I should add the guy told me he hunts, and has had dogs all his life, so he "knew" she was going to be a dangerous dog now, so I doubt he was intimidated by her. He told me he hunts with pitbulls
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v604/Jenelle66/sigs/puss_jarrah-siggy-3.jpg

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    Gotta love an expert!

    Don't worry too much about his opinions. I saw two jack russells once tear up over ten sheep and their lambs - absolute carnage! But they weren't aggressive dogs, just being excitable terriers. Dogs are hunting animals, that's why people like your neighbour use them for it - - so of course they're capable of killing! Otherwise we'd have pet sheep.

    It's just a matter of managing instinct, obviously different breeds need that to different extents. Jarrah is a pup, they slip up in their training all the time. It doesn't mean that they have started down a path they never come back from - that's just ridiculously dramatic.

    Perhaps your big tough neighbour was indeed scared at the time - which is very much ok! But didn't want to admit to it so has to make out that the attack was the worst thing in the world. If he comes out and tells you he hunts with pittbulls he seems to have some macho issues going on.

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