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    When Ruby was about 15-16 weeks old she was attacked by my neighbours dog after it got into our yard. It was very quick as OH was right next to her.

    She ended up with a few facial punctures and a bit of a tear on the inside of her lip but nothing major. It took hours to calm her, and she refused to go out the back for about two weeks.

    Yesterday at the dog park Ruby was attacked again. I say attacked but it was more of a dog fight not started by her and she was bitten. Once in the face, she has a bit of a split lip.

    She has had worse injurys in her lifetime but she seams to be taking it very hard. She is still a bit shaky and very sooky, she was very twitchy last night in her sleep and woke me up a few times with her wimpering.

    Do you think that she remembers what happened when she was a puppy?

    With the picture you can see a little red mark, that was the cut all cleaned up.
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    In a word - yes.

    Will it have affected her negatively - it seems it might have.
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    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    My dog has never been to a dog park when there are other dogs around.

    Frankly I feel it would be dangerous, selfish, irresponsible and reckless to take him to play with dogs I've never met. There is no point to it at all IMO.

    We do training, play games, he has my housemates dogs to play with, my friends dogs to play with and that is more than enough to him.

    What is the point of taking your dog to a dog park? They get all they need from us, so where is the benefit in taking them to play with strange dogs that are more likely to attack than play anyway? Not to mention the ignorant owners who cause more trouble than they solve...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngelanBatty View Post
    My dog has never been to a dog park when there are other dogs around.

    Frankly I feel it would be dangerous, selfish, irresponsible and reckless to take him to play with dogs I've never met. There is no point to it at all IMO.

    We do training, play games, he has my housemates dogs to play with, my friends dogs to play with and that is more than enough to him.

    What is the point of taking your dog to a dog park? They get all they need from us, so where is the benefit in taking them to play with strange dogs that are more likely to attack than play anyway? Not to mention the ignorant owners who cause more trouble than they solve...
    So do you think that dogs remember?
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    Yes.

    It obviously had a big effect on her so she does remember.

    The other thing for us to remember is how we conduct ourselves during and immediately after things like this have happened.

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    Even the soothing feel of our hands on the dog while we check for wounds can reinforce their current fear, or racing them out of the dog park, though of course this is what we need to do to keep them safe; but not doing so until they have relaxed would be the best way to ensure the incident didn't have lasting effects.

    Hope that all made sense.

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    Well when it happened, i didnt actually know she had been bitten as it was so quick.

    We just walked off to the other end of the park which I then noticed the blood. I went and let the owner know that she had been bitten and he was was very sorry (I have met him a couple of times) and he took his dog and left. We started to leave and then Ruby's best friend the de borduex showed up, we stayed another couple of mins while I spoke to the owner then left.

    It wasnt till we got home after i cleaned it up she started getting a bit sooky. I just put it down to having a long day but you just know when your dog isnt being themselves. Plus with the wimpering that night, which usually the only noise she makes when she sleeps is terrible snoring!
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    Perhaps the bite is more serious than previously thought, damaged down to the tissue or bruising??? though from the pic it does look very minor.

    The other day friends were having a discussion on wishing they had of learned another language when they were younger, I told them I'd pay mega bucks to be able to speak dog .

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    I think you would be PAID mega bucks to speak dog lol
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    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.

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