I have a Shih tzu and a 6mnth Spitz puppy. We were at the local off leash park, its always been fantastic and friendly however today these two larger dogs charged at pup and pinned him by his neck and the other dog was on his other end. I felt the meaning of fear when they charged. The owner was yelling at them and they were just on my pup. He was screeeming. I freaked and just dove kinda plunged at this Weimaraner-like dog to push him off his neck. Pup got up and I yelled at this dog and he backed off. 2nd dog went at pup again - Pup ran for the hills. No blood or anything I can see physically thank gosh. it was so quick.
I had seen other dogs earlier in the park and were not cause for concern. They just seemed to turn in an instant like I'm sure they just thought fluff ball pup was a rabbit or something haha.
Anyway that is what happened. I was-am quite shaken up.. What can I do to avoid this, we love the park? And really I cant be diving in dogs faces that are the size of me.
Pup also growled and barked at everyone and thing on the way home. He socializing has been coming along great he is a very gentle n quite guy however he already needs to build more confidence with dogs.
Is it simply just to risky with bigger and little dogs? Should I leash them when there are big dogs I dont know? (we <3 all dogs btw)
But then that seems kinda unfair.
What is protocol in off leash parks?
What do I do with pup tomorrow to make sure he is okay and happy to be out. Do I just stay at home for a bit?