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    Default My Dog Attacked Another Dog :(

    I'm posting this thread because I feel awful and wanted to get others thoughts and opinions!

    I have 3 dogs:
    Heeler Cross Kelpie that's female about 5yrs (Lucy)
    Purebred English Staffy that's male about 4yrs (Dex)
    Mini Foxy that's male and he's 8yrs (Turbo)

    The Heeler is a rescue dog and I have always had issues with her aggression towards other dogs, in particular white fluffy dogs. She is the dominate one out of the 3 dogs and quite often snaps and growls at the other 2 dogs to keep them in line but she has never attacked my other 2 dogs or any other dogs that regularly come to my house. She has never ever shown any aggression toward people and is very pleasant.

    The problem seems to be with dogs she has never met before and even then there are some dogs that she see's on our walks regularly and she still goes nuts when we walk past them. She has become so out of control over the past few months that I don't like walking her because I know there will be an incident - wether it's her getting out of her harness and running up to a fence barking at other dogs or her causing a scene when she see's another dog.

    Anyway today while we were walking I noticed a lady walking her dog which was a shih tzu or maltese so I stared to walk Lucy away so we could cross the road to avoid her going crazy when she saw the fluffy dog. As I went to cross the road she pulled so hard on the lead it friction burned my hand and I lost grip and she tore straight at the other dog and got it by the neck and shook it.

    It seemed like it went on forever because I was in shock but she probably only shook it for maybe 5 - 10 seconds. The dog was crying and yelping but it didn't appear to be injured as there was no blood but I understand that sometimes shaking can cause internal bleeding.

    I felt absolutely awful and felt so sorry for the dog that Lucy attacked. The dogs owner was in shock and stood cradling her dog screaming. I tired to make sure her and the dog were okay but she couldn't talk and just stood screaming. I wanted to give her my details so if she decided to take the dog to the vet I could pay etc but it was pointless as she continually screamed then told me to go away.

    I think that the best thing for me to do would be to take Lucy to get behavioural therapy and get a muzzle. Even though I know the other owner has every right to make a report it's stressing me out. Can a report be made if she doesn't know who I am or where I live etc?

    Can anyone recommend good dog behaviorists is Victoria? Sorry for the long winded thread - I'm just stressed out and can't stop thinking about it

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    Depending on where you are there are at least two behaviourists on this site, I'm sure they'll post on this thread when they log in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    Depending on where you are there are at least two behaviourists on this site, I'm sure they'll post on this thread when they log in.
    Thanks

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    Until you get professional help you should consider how you can ensure that your dog doesn't get the opportunity to attack again ... he may just pick the wrong dog next time and end up the loser. Also, think about how you will break up a fight if somehow it does happen again - having a well thought out plan ready leaves your instincts to do the work and means you won't be standing there panicking not sure what to do(something I think all dog owners should be prepared for)

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    Hey Ashi send me an email inline_k9 @ yahoo.com aggressive and reactive dogs are my specialty

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    My Australian Shepherd is also dog aggressive, i ended up seeking help from a behaviourist and its been great, definitely worth it! My boy (Koda) is no where near as bad as your dog, he's never actually got in a proper fight, he just lunges and growls etc, but i've often considered putting a muzzle on him just in case we encountered an off leash dog and he lashed out. So i'd definitely recommend investing in a muzzle for your dog (as well as seeking help from a behaviourist) If your dog is wearing a muzzle while you walk, even though people might judge your dog, you at least know that if she gets away, she can not bite!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mymatejack View Post
    Until you get professional help you should consider how you can ensure that your dog doesn't get the opportunity to attack again ... he may just pick the wrong dog next time and end up the loser. Also, think about how you will break up a fight if somehow it does happen again - having a well thought out plan ready leaves your instincts to do the work and means you won't be standing there panicking not sure what to do(something I think all dog owners should be prepared for)
    Until we get some help I'm going to walk her early in the morning when no one else is around with a muzzle! I'm also going to stay away from popular walking tracks where there are lots of other dogs!
    I've never thought of having a plan to break up a fight so that's a good idea so I'll work one out. Thanks for the advice

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    Lucy has always been dog aggressive but more like Koda.. Just lunging and growling so today was just a real shock. I never thought she would actually attack another dog. It wasn't like she approached the other dog and sniffed it or anything first.. She just charged at the poor little thing and grabbed it. It's good to hear that the help u got from a behaviourist worked, hopefully we get some results too!

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    Hopefully Nehkbet can help.

    I wouldn't be taking the heeler out without a muzzle on - until you can sort the problem. You need to train the dog to like being in the muzzle first. And you might want to invest in a sturdier lead that you can hold with a ballistic cattle dog on the end of it. And I use a front attach harness too for extra leverage. Though teaching dog to be calm around other (unfamiliar) dogs is best.

    I would also pay very close attention to how you deal with the situation and anything you might be doing that is unintentionally increasing it. I'm back to doing sits and drops with my dog when we see something that might be exciting. I've gotten her to be really good with cats now - she can look and remain calm - but she's back to going after cars. ARGH!. And it's hard to predict which car will offend her. most don't.

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