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    The picture doesn't look very dramatic. But her lip being such a sensitive part of the body may well feel much worse than it looks? Is she generally a bit sooky? My dog doesn't deal with pain very well at all and even a minor scratch or discomfort results in him becoming the biggest sook seen, which is handy in a way because I'll always know if something is wrong. But it was also a bit of a learning curve for me to not go overboard when he is obviously not quite right as in 9.5 out of 10 cases it'll just go away....

    In any case I think it was very good that you stayed a little longer so she had a bit of a play afterwards. That way the last thing she has experienced in the dog park was someting positive. I'm sure that helps when you go back there
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    It wasnt bad at all, like it was a puncture but it didnt go right through her lip. She has had worse before and never acted like this. Thats why i think its so weird, why I also put the picture to show what the "injury" was.

    She is a lazy girl, typical bulldog, and the face just looks sooky haha This time it was more mopey Ok im sounding stupid but you know! Just different to her usual self.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goonerlady View Post
    Poor Ruby.I get a bit confused about if dogs remember the past as my dog a rescue dog seems to and from his actions I think he was badly treated.

    Though Ceaser Milan says dogs live in the now but sometimes he seems to say something that makes me think he does not always believe that.I do like how he says he treats dogs like other dogs do and I guess if with a pack of dogs they would not make a fuss of Ruby just carry on as normal.Which I would imagine is easier said than done if she is so upset.
    Dogs do live in the here and now as in they don't dwell or over think things like we do but they do learn from previous experiences, however they don't think "am I going to go to the park tomorrow and meet that horrible dog that bit me".

    But a dog can certainly link together chains or events like for example a dog that gets car sick may have a real aversion to getting in the car, particularly if for example the only time the dog is now forced in the car is to go to the vet, double bad experience and really ingrained in the dog.

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    yes dogs definitely remember instances like that. I have met many dogs who have had lasting effects from it. The best thing to do is be understanding like we would with other people. Don't overcrowd her but be there with her because she needs that. She needs to know that her pack are around her. I might not take her to the dog park for a little while, just to make sure that she is still ok with other dogs. But when you DO take her around other dogs and if you take her back to the park you have to remember to be calm and confidant at all times so she believes that you are in control of everything that is going on
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    Gee BL-you must be a very relaxed easy going person. if this kind of injury happened to mine, i will be mental.

    Yes my dogs seem to remember everything. My minis even remember a staff who pooped on his behind, since then he still growls at the staff and runs away. My dogs never got seriously bitten or had fights.

    BL do you remember smeagle's post on this matter and how dog attack changes her dog's personality? I think we need to be really serious about this

    Anyway, I wish for the fast recovery for Ruby....emotionally and physically .
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    Quote Originally Posted by hachna View Post
    Gee BL-you must be a very relaxed easy going person. if this kind of injury happened to mine, i will be mental.

    Yes my dogs seem to remember everything. My minis even remember a staff who pooped on his behind, since then he still growls at the staff and runs away. My dogs never got seriously bitten or had fights.

    BL do you remember smeagle's post on this matter and how dog attack changes her dog's personality? I think we need to be really serious about this

    Anyway, I wish for the fast recovery for Ruby....emotionally and physically .
    Thanks Hachna We were raised dogs will be dogs and let them be gos kind of family. I have a different mind set about many things relating to dogs then before but dogs are dogs not humans kind of stuck around.

    Kind of let them work it out attitude. lol

    Although some people may think dog parks are silly, stupid, selfish whatever I still think they are great for a dog. Hopefully I am still saying this in a few weeks time.

    I think Ruby may be coming on heat, she was a bit licky this morning so she will be grounded for a while.
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    Thanks BL
    Although some people may think dog parks are silly, stupid, selfish whatever I still think they are great for a dog. Hopefully I am still saying this in a few weeks time.
    I am not against off lead dog parks. To be true, off leash dog parks are great for my minis esp as my s/tzu is dog aggressive and I do not want my minis to become DA. Lately I go to the usual fenced one around certain time when other dog owners I become familiar with more likely come.
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    I think dogs do live in the now, but they also remember. My rescue newfie hates young guys in hoodies, even though we have tried to desensitise her. Women in hoodies are fine. young children in hoodies are fine. Old people in hoodies are fine. Young men in hoodies and she cringes. even though we have tried and tried again to have friendly young people treat and sound happy. She has this image imprinted. It is about the only thing I have not been able to get rid of. And we NEVER comfort her when we see them, We behave happy or do obedience. So I would say yes, something has happened that she remembers.
    But also I think it was impressed upon her somewhere in her past.
    I agree with MAC that how we behave can make an impression. That is why so many dogs are react. They are unintentionally rewarded by their owners in certain events.
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    If you comforted her while you were cleaning her it, you were probably reinforcing her sookiness. My dog reverse-sneezes and the first time it happened I was freaking out, so he was too xD

    Now when he does it I just ignore him and it doesn't effect him at all.

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    I definitely believe they remember if it is significant enough. My dog has a thing about males carrying something (an umbrella, a fishing rod or just a map). Having a friendly chat with the person in question usually calms him down pretty quickly. Me talking and smiling seems to signal 'no danger'.

    On the other hand if I'm tense myself for whatever reason he picks it up and barks his head off. Like the other day when a guy came to fix something on the house. There was something extremely unpleasant about him and I just wanted to get rid of him asap. My dog, sensing my resentment went mad.

    Amazing what they pick up if you think about it. I wasn't rude or anything yet my dog picked it up straight away. Not this guy ... he just would not leave...

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