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    G'day All,

    was out walking gypsy this arvo and noticed in the distance (was quite a way away) a bloke struggling with his dog (a large bull type bread, although breed has nothing to do with it), i didn't take much notice and kept walking untill i heard him screaming his dogs name at the top of his lungs i turned around to see this dog charging at us, hackles up and teeth out etc... it charged fair into gypsy and got stuck into her.

    Now gypsy can look after herself and managed to put up some sort of a fight, which was lucky because both the dog's owner and i got bitten by this dog in the process of getting it away from gypsy. After he managed to recover his dog and we were on our way home i hear the name again, turn around and sure enough here we go again.
    After giving the owner some quite harsh words we made it back home.

    One of my concerns is that there are a lot of kids and old people with small dog's that walk around here and this guy obviously can not control his dog.

    my main questions is, that gypsy has a memory like an elephant and will no doubt have hesitations towards similar looking dog's in the future, if this is the case, how do i get this out of her? and re-assure her ?

    Thanks all,
    Ty
    "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion" Author Unknown

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    A dog once attacked Hooch at a dog park. I was ready to take him home as poor Hooch was hiding behind me.
    A woman came to me and said, not a good idea to take him home now as dogs remember where they left. So we took him away from the area but made sure to come back before we went home so he is in a calm mode and happy when we go home.
    I dont know if its true or not but it has stuck with me her advice.
    Sorry you were attacked

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    What type of "large bull type breed" was it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    What type of "large bull type breed" was it?
    just a crossbreed
    "He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion" Author Unknown

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ven View Post
    just a crossbreed
    Do you know what cross breed? (Bull arab, rotty?) Sorry to hear you got attacked... i think i would have exploded to the owner of the dog especially with the fact that the dog came back twice!! I'd be contacting the authorities...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny-girl View Post
    A dog once attacked Hooch at a dog park. I was ready to take him home as poor Hooch was hiding behind me.
    A woman came to me and said, not a good idea to take him home now as dogs remember where they left. So we took him away from the area but made sure to come back before we went home so he is in a calm mode and happy when we go home.
    I dont know if its true or not but it has stuck with me her advice.
    Sorry you were attacked
    This is very good advice. Sammy was attacked as a 10 week old puppy by a very large bull breed cross that the owner later confessed had a habit of killing puppies. The owner had like 7 dogs, all off-lead but we didn't see them until they were virtually upon us because they came around a corner. The dog had Sammy by the neck, there was blood everywhere and I will never forget the way he screamed. I reached down (because they were at my feet) and just grabbed Sammy by the collar and hoisted him up onto my shoulder. It was stupid, I could have been very badly hurt but Sammy would probably be dead today if I hadn't. Fortunately, true to bully breed standard, the offending dog was entirely non-human aggressive, it just wanted my dog and so despite the woman having absolutely no control over this tank of a dog, I was able to keep Sammy safe until she finally got a lead on him. I was very shaken and Sammy had expelled his anal glands. He was bleeding but fortunately all his wounds seemed relatively superficial. I burned off some steam telling the owner exactly what I thought of her but as my head cooled, I started to worry about the long-term effects this would have on him. I made her hold the bully male on the lead away from the rest of her pack. The rest were mostly older females who had obviously had puppies, and they seemed fine. They hadn't shown any interest in getting involved earlier either. Sammy initially started screaming again when I tried to put him down, but I persevered and within a minute, he was keen to meet the other dogs again.

    They were all lovely to him and he seemed to forget all about what had happened. I did not - I reported her to the Council.

    Today Sammy is not dog aggressive, despite having been attacked 3 times by bully breeds because although I'm very shaken, I always make sure that we hang around and don't leave until we're in a better state of mind. That is what your dog will remember. I think they also learn that fighting doesn't solve anything - it won't make them or the other dog go away. That said, these days if I see an off-lead bully type dog, I don't take the chance. We go somewhere else.

    Any breed can be aggressive, but the damage they can do depends on the breed. As a dobe x rottweiler, Sammy stands a fairly good chance in any fight he should get into. But not against bully breeds. In addition to that, if you want a breed that will kill, rather than just chase, herd, retrieve etc, you get a terrier. And that instinct comes out when they fight - they want to finish it.

    Sorry to hear what happened to you and your dog, it is a horrible experience. But remember, although dogs learn, they will return to a situation with the same attitude as the one they left it with so if you can, always try and make that a good one.

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    Well done 99.
    It has only happened to us once and it was a off lead Maltese that bit Snoopy on the leg.
    The be-aich owner praised her dog for biting and then took him inside her house across the road.
    Maltese yapped its head off for half an hour as I would not leave the area, just calmed Snoopy down and
    we walked around so he could pee on every bush,tree, blade of grass etc.
    A nice Lab came out to comfort us so we had a bit of happy time before walking home to play hose games.

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    How on earth did the dog get away from it's owner twice?

    Could she not hold the lead, did it slip it's collar?

    I tell dog owners, if there is a fight with another dog, try not to remove the dogs from the environment. Once you are in control of them do a couple of easy obedience exercises, like sit and loose lead walking, to refocus their brains (this also helps calm them), and then I find it best to walk them together for a moment to get a positive experience from each other. I do this to ensure BOTH dogs get the positive experience, as sometimes the offending dog is attacking out of fear and it needs to learn that the dog it attacked is not a threat.

    Obviously this can be hard if the other owner is a twit, but it is the best way. I suppose, if that dog had left and similar looking dog came about, you could meet it or walk with it and the owner to get a similar positive experience. Haven't tried that one though :P

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    Great advice here. When Hooch got attack the owner who in my opinion should be put in jail was sitting looking on at what was happening while his unleashed dog (big german shep) was going for Hooch over and over again. He did nothing. So we had to remove Hooch but came back when the dog and his !@%$^ owner left. Some people should be banned from having dogs.
    It is good to know though!

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    Some dog owners just amaze me!!

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