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    Poor Dexter he was strolling next to me on a lead when he was attacked by a little dog and a couple of days later he was attacked by another little dog that we had to push away.All he did was look puzzled and carry on walking!

    The thing is when we go out for walks there are a number of houses where dogs go mad leaping at fences and gates as we walk past and poor Dexter looks scared and even whines as if he is scared some dog will leap out and attack him again.

    That makes me so cross that thoughtless people can affect my dog.I guess I will just have to build up his confidence again and dog training will help when I go back as it has been to hot to go for the last two weeks.

    At least I feel better for getting it off my chest!

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    What breed is Dexter?
    Isn't it funny, if these dogs that attacked your boy were Bull breeds, it would be all over the news.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussiemyf7 View Post
    What breed is Dexter?
    Isn't it funny, if these dogs that attacked your boy were Bull breeds, it would be all over the news.
    It's funny you should say that Dexter is a staffy cross though we are not sure as he is a rescue dog.He is about the size of a lab.

    What worries me is if he had turned round and had a go at one of these dogs I expect the owners would have a go at him!I just want him to stay his usual sweet daft self as he loves everyone and everything.He is such a great family dog and likes nothing better than us all to be home with him.

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    Poor Dexter! Villain has a similar problem, dogs rushing up and snarling, lunging and occasionally biting him. He just stands there and looks at me in confusion and I worry about the impact it could have over time.

    I just hope by continuing to train him it balances his confidence levels out and I hope he knows that I as his leader and protector will do my best always to make sure he is safe.

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    I've been going through the same thing with my pup, I almost always have other dogs rush at him to check him out when I take him out for a walk. I mostly avoid the areas with really aggressive dogs that are allowed to roam the streets.

    As for the fear of dogs that are in fenced yards ( that I'm certain can't get out) I started making him sit and stay when we got close enough to the dog that was barking for him to be slightly stressed, then I gave him a food reward. Over a few days I moved in closer and closer until I was making him sit very close to the barking dog and then gave him a treat.
    Now when I walk past a yard with a barking aggressive dog he gives it a glance and then looks to me for a treat (which I don't use anymore for that purpose). All his fear and anxiety is gone for dogs that can't get to him.

    The dogs that approach him on the street are a bit different, so I try to read their body language as they approach and mostly they just want a sniff and to check things out so I try to stay relaxed and not project any fear onto my dog, but if they seem aggressive I'm quick to put myself between the dog and my pup. I won't hesitate to yell at an aggressive dog either but that's not for everyone.

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    Department of Local Government - Dogs in Public Places

    That's the interpretation of the WA law about wandering dogs that attack other dogs.

    It's illegal. Report it. It shouldn't matter if the dogs are SWF.

    Any chance you could carry a water pistol, that usually puts off SWF.

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    Just been able to get back on the computer after the terrible storm we had yesterday!Thank you for your replies which have been very interesting.

    I to worry about Dexter changing after being attacked and snapped at as I had a GSD puppy that was attacked for some reason by every breed going and he changed it was like he will get the first growl in.

    I am now worried about dogs in fenced yards as one of the attacks the dog got out from one and yesterday poor Dexter was attacked again by a staffy that is usually one of the dogs that just goes mad when you walk past.It was good luck that my husband was there with our other dog and he really shouted at it which did the trick though the other dog did not want to give up.

    I took them both out this morning one after the other armed with treats and a water pistol but I must say I did not feel very confident.I guess it is a matter of time before I feel more confident after this week!

    It is good to know the law as another of the dogs that attacked Dexter lives in a house overlooking the park and the owners send their children out with the dogs and they just hit a ball with a tennis racket across the whole length of the park.We tried to keep out of the way and were at the very edge of the park but it is difficult when the children stand one end and the dogs have the rest of the park.

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    It would be worth having a chat with your local council rangers about this. People do what they like with their dogs because they get away with it and they often couldn't care at all that they're causing problems.

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    I agree.
    Report them.

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    I have not seen the dogs in the park since so maybe the children do not want to take them out any more or are not allowed to.They children were very sorry and a bit shaken by what happened.I think I will wait and see if they are let out again before talking to the ranger.

    Dexter is still a bit worried and whines at the dogs barking as we walk past as there are so many of them but is still the same if we see a dog out he has a good look and wags his tail.Roxy my other dog is three and takes no notice and this morning we had five houses in a row where dogs just went mad as she walked past and she could not care less as she still loves everyone!

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