Hi everyone, I only signed up today so this is my first post. I already mentioned it in the title but my one and a half year old beaglier (Lulu) was attacked yesterday. I'm still very very upset. It would be great if I could hear your opinions or advices.
Before I start talking about yesterday's incident, I would like to mention that this is the SECOND time that Lulu has been attacked. Please don't say that I'm an irresponsible owner or something along that line because these attacks happened very suddenly and there was nothing I could do to prevent it. Please read the full story before you judge. Thank you.
The first attack occurred when Lulu was just few months old so she was about the size of a full grown maltese (now she's nearly the size of a beagle). My mum and my younger sister were walking Lulu (to the shops then back). She was obviously on a leash when a small white dog ran out of a house and bit her. This happened suddenly and even my mum and younger sister were dumbfounded. But what angered us wasn't the fact that the owner of the dog allowed their dog to roam freely around the street. I understand that dogs can sometimes jump out of the house before the owners can stop them. However, what angered us was their attitude. They clearly knew that their dog attacked Lulu yet they ran to their dog and asked if it was ok. They completely ignored us and our dog too busy asking their own dog "Are you ok? You didn't get bitten?" Then they walked back inside their house without a word of apology.
Due to this incident, Lulu became very timid around other dogs. I took her to a park where she would meet few dogs but she cringed away in fear. Luckily, we were able to meet a cavalier and Lulu gradually became used to being other dogs. However, one day I met an infamous man (at the same park) who owned a jack russell. And he is unbelievable. He lets his dog roam around off leash when the dog is clearly aggressive. When his dog chased Lulu around the park (Lulu was thankfully off leash) he would just watch while I ran around frantically trying to stop his dog. I even heard him saying "Good boy" after chasing my dog. Last time, he even hit a golden retriever (NOT HIS OWN DOG) as it got a bit aggressive as the jack russell tried to steal its ball. Anyway, meeting him and his dog didn't do any good for Lulu.
The second attack occurred yesterday when my sister and I were walking Lulu to the park where a doggy outing was organised. On our way to the park, a black and white dog around the size of a full grown kelpie appeared behind us out of nowhere. That dog was unleashed and the owners were nowhere to be seen. Lulu was clearly afraid as she had her tail down and started backing way. Then all of a sudden, the unknown dog pounced at Lulu barking and growling trying to bite her. Hearing Lulu's scream (yes she screamed) I stupidly jumped into the fight trying to pick Lulu up. A very stupid move as I too could have been injured. Luckily the dog did not attack me as it was too busy attacking my dog. All I could hear that moment was Lulu screaming and shrieking and hearing the dog's owner calling for his dog. The dog briefly stopped attacking (maybe because it heard its owner? I don't know) and my sister and I fled from the scene. I should have waited there and said few words with the owner but I guess I was too scared. I'm angry at myself for being so helpless. I thought I was an independent adult but I guess I'm still a teenager. Anyway, even when we arrived at the park Lulu was just too scared to even let the other dogs sniff her so we had no choice but to go back home.
Thankfully Lulu wasn't injured but I can still vividly see the dog attacking my dog even when I tried to interfere. I've been a dog lover all my life but I've never felt so afraid of a dog. I'm sorry for blabbering on I didn't plan to write this much. But right now I'm just really angry at how irresponsible some dog owners can be. From this experience I have few questions:
Is there any way for Lulu to be less fearful of other dogs? How can I help her? She is fine at home and at an empty park and she's fine with people. She is good as long as there aren't any dogs around the same size as her or bigger.
What should I do if Lulu/I'm being attacked by another dog?
How should I deal with the owners?
Thank you very much for reading my post.