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    Hi everyone,

    A few months back our Ollie was attacked very badly at the park by another dog, once he’d recovered we got him out and socialised him again and he was fine. However the attack affected my partner quite badly and she will now only walk Ollie on lead, she is the one who generally walks Ollie and his passion in life is to run and my partner’s passion was to watch him run.

    Does anyone have any ideas on how I can help them enjoy their walks again?

    Thanks in advance

    Andy

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    is there a place that she can take Ollie where no other dogs will be? that might help if she knows there will be no other dogs around so she wont be mentally thinking what if she can just enjoy.

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    I would go together. You will distract her from her worried thoughts, she can relax, ergo the dog can relax.
    A few non eventful walks will restore confidence. But the longer she avoids for, the more reinforced the avoidance becomes.

    So get in there fast, and take her to safe zones where you are unlikely to meet off leash dogs.

    This happened to me roughly 2 months ago. It shook me rigid! I was nervous, didnt want to walk my dogs. But pushed through it as my dogs are high octane, and have to run free daily. As well as train. Even now, when i see a husky (the dog that attacked us) im edgy.

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    Wouldn't it be more dangerous for Ollie to be on a lead if he was attacked again? The first thing I'd do if my dog was attacked is drop the lead, it inhibits their ability to defend themselves.

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    Thanks guys for you advice, very helpful.... We will try and find some off leash areas that are quiet and remote and see how we go. Will let you know the outcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mosh View Post
    Wouldn't it be more dangerous for Ollie to be on a lead if he was attacked again? The first thing I'd do if my dog was attacked is drop the lead, it inhibits their ability to defend themselves.
    Maybe so , in an enclosed area anyway. But quite often the dog being attacked will try to run from the fight,raising the attack and excitement levels of the attacking dog.

    I agree to trying to walk with your partner. Slowly losing the angst until walks become enjoyable again.
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    Hi Everyone,
    Thanks again for everyones advice, the missus has just come back after taking Ollie for a run in the park good time was had by all, good to see she's back on track again and Ollies getting the physical stimulation that he needs

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    When walking your dog on a lead I would be carrying a large stick with you, just in case.
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