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    Hi Julie,

    It is quite frightening.

    You have had a lot happening lately on your dog so you must be really upset about it even more. I think this incident happens most of us and you handled well that is why your dog did not get hurt that much and the owners was informed and apology made to you. I think you keep walking your dog as well as your hubby does, and your dog will hopefully gradually recover from this incident.
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    Hi Julie,

    I tend to agree with the general opinion here that although the incident was upsetting for you and your dog and the owners of the other dog should be made aware of the situation, the other dog isn't necessarily deserving of a dangerous dog label.

    A few months ago, a neighbours' GSD came out of their yard and ran down the street off the lead and went for our standard poodle pup, who was taking one of his very first round the block walks with our toy poodle. Both dogs screamed like there was no tomorrow, I grabbed them both up somehow, fended the dog off and stood in front of my ten year old daughter. I absolutely ripped shreds off the owners, who were not all that apologetic and made lame excuses for their dog's appalling lack of social skills. I posted it all on here and after much patient discussion from others, I got some distance from the trauma and realised that had the GSD really intended to hurt my two dogs or us, it would have been successful and me yelling at it and blocking it would have not put it off. I actually called the police out, who then passed on a report to the ranger. I also chased the ranger up through council, but never heard back.

    Having seen lots of poorly socialised dogs through going to dog parks and having five dogs ourselves now, I realise that although these situations are terrifying at the time, dogs get over it quicker than we do. Our toy poodle was attacked and bitten by a small dog at our dog park recently (the owner was very apologetic and offered to pay any vet bills and came back again a few days later to see if all was well). The next few times, the dog would sit by the gate and want to go after the first five minutes, but we just carried on as normal and she came round pretty quick.

    We have three puppies - four and five months old and they all will scream if they feel overwhelmed by another dog's advances. Don't forget, dogs yelp when playing to let the other dog know "that's too rough" and it sounds like the dog that had it's mouth on Pixel had pretty good bite inhibition if Pixel was covered in saliva, but not bitten.

    I agree that kids should not be walking any dog unsupervised that they do not have absolute control and confidence with (which rules out most kids and most dogs, lol).

    I definately avoid walking any of my dogs past the GSD's house. I walk another neighbour's dog who lives across the street and she has seen the same GSD get out and rush two other dogs being walked past. Is it badly behaved? yes. Does it have potential to do harm? yes. But in the eyes of the law, it is not classed as dangerous.

    I avoid it like the plague, but I have come to feel sorry for it - the owners never walk it and presumably don't provide it with any clue as to how to behave.

    Good luck with your neighbours' dog and hugs to you and Pixel,

    Cathy.

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    Hi Julie,

    As a SWF owner I can totally empathise with your situation. As I wasn't there (and no one on this forum was!) I think it's difficult to provide you with accurate advice on what to do.

    If you felt this big dog was being aggressive enough to cause to a danger not only to other dogs but to people too it might be worth reporting. I guess maybe the best advice (as someone here already posted) might be to visit the family with this dog again and make a judgement. At least that way any decision you make will not be based solely on a 'heat of the moment' decision.

    Good luck with whatever you decide and I hope both you and Pixel stay safe

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    I would find it hard to declare a dog dangerous just for being dominant, which from what your describing sounds like the case. Surely it would have been alot worse had the dog had been genuinely dangerous. No one was injured, however i do question whether the owner of the big dog is dangerous or not.

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    Dogs have scuffles now and again, they don't always like one another. If a dog that size was serious, your dog would be seriously injured or dead.

    I agree it would have been very frightening for you but hopefully now you've informed the dad about it they will be more careful.

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    The thing is, I have witnessed many many many small dogs attacking larger dogs, and the larger dog literally has rolled over and let the dog 'attack'.(When the JRT attacked the Lab in the waiting room comes to mind) and there is no way that JRT would have been reported, cause its obviously not going to do major damage (it did draw blood however!)
    Im sick of small dogs getting 'let off' simply because their jaws are too small to do any 'real' damage.
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    My dog has been attacked by a small dog for no reason.. Did I report it no..
    My is a blue heeler and weighs about 40kgs and the dog that attacked him so only 10kgs..
    The reason why I didn't report it, is that Boss attacked back.

    I don't trust small dogs at all

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    My Rottweiler was bailed up by a Chihuahua one time and didn't know what to do. I agree about the small dog thing, but as with all dogs, it's not about the dog, it's about the general attitude of small dog owners who don't treat their dog like a dog.

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    Yes,

    My Chookie Not Yet Cookie is one of those dogs which verbally and physically is dog aggressive. Then if another dog does not react, he calms himself down straight away (Chookie had a good time with country dogs while camping ). I swear he is completely two faced.

    Having said that there are owners who are not totally aware of what their dogs' ability. We went to Sculpture by the sea with Chookie on his second day, he got attacked by two staffies which were off leash at Bondi. Chookie did not hurt very much but I didn't think it was right not on lead especially at Bondi with people every where. Despite of Chookie's behaviour he was on leash but those owners advised me to mind my dog, chookie and that really angered me. I did not report those dogs though wishing the best for those dogs......
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    She keeps yelping when we touch her, even when they are only really light touches. Like last night I went to take her collar off. I didn't think I had even touched her, but she yelped. She yelped again when hubby reached down to pat her back, and again in the middle of the night when she jumped up on the bed (which she never normally does because she's not allowed) and I reached out to put her down on her own bed.

    She has seemed fine all day today, until just now when she did a drop and I bent down to pat her, and barely touched her sides and she jumped up and yelped and looked at me as if I had deliberately hurt her. When I called her over she was all submissive and almost scared of me.

    So I am thinking most likely bruising, but possibly a broken rib, so I will call the vet in the morning. We have an appointment on Tuesday anyway, so I will just move that.

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