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    The problem here is also the chid's parents. Now they may be ignorant, or they may have appeared stupid in their actions, but the bottom line is they are human and your dog is just that - a dog. And that is how the law will see it should anything happen in the future.

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    I would advise not to leave her tethered on her own anymore even for a quick second. Along similar lines, think of those who leave their children alone in the car for a quick second and someone steals their car. No-one ever thinks the worst could happen to them, but it does.

    It is fraught with dangers. Only take her when you know you will not need to leave her.

    I don't think what she did was out of the ordinary. It sounds like normal dog beaviour. The problem is, normal dog behaviour these days can put you and your dog at risk of problems...and an order to euthanase your dog at worst.

    Don't risk her life. You can control what you do with her and what situations you allow her to be exposed to, but you can't control the actions of others around you.
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    I agree with the comments posted above by Anomad. It takes the risk factor away completely.

    i wouldn't go so far myself as to assume the child was a brat. To be honest older kids around the streets without parents supervising them can be a far greater threat to your dog than a little kid.

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    Its probly not a good idea to take her away from her puppies either.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleasanta View Post
    How do you know what she would chose as to flight or fight??? You can never know with a cornered dog!

    The thing is...no matter WHY the incident might have happen...if she had bitten the boy...you would be in a lot of trouble and even more so Bailey.

    You have a problem now, because she has shown she can get "nasty".

    Here is what I would do if I was you:

    1. I would muzzle if I went out in the public. She is a prescribed breed and I wouldn't take my chances anymore...just not worth it

    2. I would not leave her unattended!

    3. If you are concerned...consult a dog behaviourist

    The thing is...these people might not have known the law, but that doesn't mean the next lot won't either. They might be fully aware of the "Prescribed Breed" Law and it could end you, Bailey, your mummy bitch and your new pups in a lot of sh*t.

    I am not saying the Mum had a right to let her son go to a dog they don't know. It was complete stupidity to do so and I hope she learnt from that! They should have waited and asked you...period!

    I want to ask you though...is Bailey in close contact with the puppies?

    Ok sorry I made that sound wrong! What i meant was from watching her reactions with different situations, she has always chose to run away rather than fight when being confronted.

    Im not concerned as I personally think that this is general dog behavior (warning growl) when in this situation.

    Bailey is not in close contact with the puppies no. Mully is being a lot more protective than last time and wont let her near them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    Its probly not a good idea to take her away from her puppies either.
    Mully is the one with the pups lol

    and no I don't take her away from her pups

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomad View Post
    I wouldnt take the chance by putting her in a situation where some harm could be come by. If you really wanted to keep taking her for a walk to the shops where you tie her up outside, take the muzzle with you, when you go in put it on, and take off for the walk home, it would put your mind at ease.
    Its a tuffy, as it might only be a 1 in a 100 occurrence that some brat with irresponsible parents might come up to her and she reacts, but thats all it takes.
    Thanks Anomad I think this is what I will be doing from now on!

    She hates the muzzle which I understand and I would prefer not to walk her with it on.

    She has a great temperament....good with kids (she prefers they are older or has to know them well) as brad has two daughters 2 and 4yo's.........good with women.......wary of men until she gets to know them.........loves all animals! (including the boss of the house, our kitten).

    The only time I have ever seen her show any sign of aggression is when another dog jumps on her (especially males) and then she just nips and hides behind me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    I would advise not to leave her tethered on her own anymore even for a quick second. Along similar lines, think of those who leave their children alone in the car for a quick second and someone steals their car. No-one ever thinks the worst could happen to them, but it does.

    It is fraught with dangers. Only take her when you know you will not need to leave her.

    I don't think what she did was out of the ordinary. It sounds like normal dog beaviour. The problem is, normal dog behaviour these days can put you and your dog at risk of problems...and an order to euthanase your dog at worst.

    Don't risk her life. You can control what you do with her and what situations you allow her to be exposed to, but you can't control the actions of others around you.
    I completely agree with you Anne and I shall not be taking her anywhere I have to leave her unattended.

    I will be taking the muzzle with me from now on ....Just IN CASE a situation I cant control arises.

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    I think you are making the right decision in every way, Judge. Better to be safe than sorry later when we can't turn back the clock.

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    The only problem I see with the muzzle is that you are then allowing her to be labelled as vicious. This in itself may not be a big thing and it may never amount to anything...but I wouldn't want to label my dogs in such a way.
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