Oh and while I was eating lunch - Frosty went back into the car - howl what? Because I couldn't supervise I didn't want the risk of her breaking something while I wasn't paying attention.
Sean a failed dog would be someone who didn't care and importantly, someone who didn't make any changes to keep their dog (and whoever else) safe. You're the opposite. Mojo is a big boy and it doesn't take much from dogs this size for the situation to become dangerous. Hell sometimes in the morning we invite Sammy onto the bed and he steps on my partner in the wrong place and you'd think the world was ending!
If it's only ever been the one kid, I'd say there's something about the kid Mojo doesn't like. Could be he's a bit nervous, maybe not even of the dog. But because in his mind it's ok to attack a person, you're doing the right thing in my opinion by keeping him contained. Don't judge yourself or your dog too harshly, he could have bitten the child but he didn't. You know from the sounds of it, it's almost like what I've seen dogs do when they dominate another dog. They don't bite them or hurt them badly, just make a lot of racket and try to get the other dog onto the ground. That might have been all he was trying to do, not that that's acceptable but there's just other possibilities for you to consider other than your dog wanting to hurt a child.
You're not a failed dog owner. Your dog loves you, no-one is hurt and you have a plan for moving forward.
You didn't fail - learn and move on
I think your plan to keep the dogs out of the way from now on. Is excellent responsible pet ownership.
You've had 2 warnings, youve listened.
Thanks guys. I appreciate the kind comments.
I just never thought it would be us in this situation. I've given people advice on here about their dogs and then my dog goes and does it !!
There is definently something about this one kid he doesn't like though. I guess it is what it is now.
Poor Bronxy had nothing to do with this at all ...but he's getting chucked in the same boat ...just to be sure.
Yeah, scary stuff Sean. A timely reminder for us all that it could happen to any of us. I agree with the others that your response has been entirely appropriate and is what a good, responsible pet owner does, not a failed pet owner. Deep breath....
I wish he was just playing mate but the noise he made was so full on its hard to explain it but i originally thought it was both dogs attacking each other. It was pretty savage stuff. Hard to believe he kept his teeth to himself but he did thank dog. He had the hackles up and all that too.
My daughter screaming didnt help matters either. It all happened so quickly mate.
When Mojo plays with Bronx or even me, he will growl to get attention but it wasnt like that at all.
There was a thing on facebook last week doing the rounds of a older Aussie bloke talking to channel 9 about a dog attack and he did a hilarious impersination of what the dogs sounded like .....well, he was nearly spot on with the noise Mojo made. Like this ...try not to laugh.
Last edited by Sean; 06-17-2014 at 07:26 AM.
LOL that video cracks me up every time i see it
On a more serious note, hearing that noise in real life is no fun at all....Koda sounds just like that the few times he's attacked Dodge over food or toys. Not a nice sound at all... Sadly he's not as good as Mojo is and he uses his teeth... Idiot dog. He is learning though, he doesn't attack Dodge over particular toys now, thank goodness!
Usually - that noise is still warning. They don't make the same noise when they're actually tearing someone or some dog apart. It's usually quieter then. But you have to act on the warning.
The one time Frosty did put a hole in another dog's head - there was no noise at all - she just went chomp. The other dog was attacking her and I was trying to defend her. She was between my legs and just sat up and chomped.
I admit your brain does go to mush in these situations. Not good.
I really hate the poodle x that scream when they're chasing other dogs or when other dogs approach. They're screaming like they've had their leg ripped off but no dog is anywhere near them. Or they're the ones doing the aggressive chase. It would be hard to explain to the dog ranger which dog was at fault when all the witnesses heard that dog screaming.
I was doing some reading on mastiffs etc yesterday and was noting how when they perceive a threat they're supposed to pin the person to the ground using their weight and hold them there until their owner arrives. A bit like playing stacks on.
Maybe Mojo perceived this kid as a threat to your daughter, could be something to do with the swinging racket.
We used to have a blue heeler growing up as kids that was great with other people and kids, but if myself or my sister let out a squeal (as kids do when they're playing) he'd go into defence mode thinking we were being hurt.
Other peoples kids couldn't run either as then you were something to be heeled!
Didn't mean he was a bad dog, he was a working dog and was protective of his family.He was watched when we had friends around and they were all told never to run.
These things can happen and all you can do is what you are doing now which is being aware of the situation and taking steps to ensure it never happens again.
Don't beat yourself up over it Sean.
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them. ~Phil Pastoret
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