Hi, I've got a 9yro male staffie who I adopted from a rescue group when he was 5. About 9 months after I adopted him he was attacked by another dog while out walking (on his lead). Since then he will attempt to attack other male dogs when we are out for a walk. Before he was attacked he got on well with all other dogs and we regularly went to the dog park for exercise.
He is a bit of an escape artist so is regularly getting out of our yard, but I don't think he has bothered to attack any dogs when he's out on his own - I think I would have been contacted by someone if he had. It seems to be when he's out with me and our other staffie (female), and it doesn't seem to be any different if he's on a lead or not.
We always keep him on a lead (harness) now when we are out of the backyard because we can't take the risk with him. But because other people don't always have their dogs on a lead this can pose a problem when the other dog comes running over to him, but only if that dog is male??? I'm thinking of purchasing a muzzle to put on him everytime we go out of the yard so I can be certain he won't hurt other dogs - can anyone recommend one? I've tried the soft mesh ones but he seems to get them off to easily.
He is so friendly towards people, especially kids and he's also really good with female dogs. Can anyone offer any advice or suggestions on what I can do to try and stop him from attacking other dogs? I wish I could have the dog back that I originally adopted.