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Fifis25StottieCakes Sat 18-Jun-11 15:27:42

On Thursday my lovely staffy was attacked by 2 dogs. It was a long attack with 5 people trying to rescue her. The kids dad and one of the neighboours were bitten by the dogs attacking her. She has a ripped ear and puncture marks around her neck and leg area. She is so soft she seen them coming for her and lay down. I am really worried about her as she is really shaken. She has been to the vet, had painkillers and her wounds sorted out. She has never so much as growled at anyone but she threw a massive wobbler in the vets. I tried to muzzle her 3 times but she wouldnt let me as when she was being attacked the 2 dogs had a hold of either side of her face and i think she was frightened.

I have tried to get her in the garden with my other dog but she wont go out. She wont go in the kitchen if the other dog is in the cage. What can i do to show her she doesnt have to be scared of other dogs or will this just carry on.

I would be grateful for any advice anyone has.

Bast Sat 18-Jun-11 15:52:57

It's awful when a dog's attacked sad so sorry to hear of it happening to yours.

How does she react if you let your other dog into the garden when she's already in it? Similarly, how does she react if she's in the room first?

Fifis25StottieCakes Sat 18-Jun-11 16:08:18

I put her in the garden 1st yesterday and then let the other one out. She put her head down and sat in the corner of the garden crying with her head down. The other one is still a bit of a pup and she started to jump on her so i went out and the staff ran to me. I left them out but i was worried she was gettiing stressed so i let her in as she was crying and her breating has been funny. When the other dog is in the cage she refuses to go into the kitchen. She was in shock on Thursday, her breating was laboured and she was constantly crying. Her breathing has gone back to normal but she is still crying.

Ive never had a chance yet to let them both out in the house. Ive got the 3 kids here and the 2 year old witnessed the attack and is a bit shakey with the dogs so i havent risked it. I think the staff is still in shock and my other dog seems to be stressing her. She has gone to stay with the kids dad tonight to have a bit peace and quiet to recouporate and she has some stitches in her leg. The vet says shes her muscles will probably ache for a few days from the other dogs shakeing her.

Fifis25StottieCakes Sat 18-Jun-11 16:12:23

Im also worried about going back to the vets as she was very aggressive when we tried to hold her or muzzle her. I am going to put the muzzle on before getting into the vets as she let me do it last night although she went mad once it was on. She has previously been fine when at the vets.

TheDogsAintTheProblem Sat 18-Jun-11 16:31:22

Poor, poor little mite. sad

Just my thoughts here, I'm no expert but can only speak from past experience - wrt the muzzle, try normalising it. Frequently pick it up within Staffie's sight, toy with it in your hands and then put it down and carry on with whatever you were doing. Leave it on the floor/by her bed (assuming she doesn't chew!) - let her get used to it. See if you can put it on her once she's calmer, then take it off immediately and reward her with lots of praise and a treat... in anotherwords make her view it positively, not just with pain, fear and the vet's surgery.

In the garden, can you take her out there on a training lead, close by you at first for comfort and extending the lead length as she feels more secure?

These are strategies that I have used and which have worked but not in identical circumstances; as I said, I'm just going on personal experience.

Crosshair Sat 18-Jun-11 16:44:14

How awful sad

I hope she gets her confidence back soon. Trying to normalise the muzzle sounds like a great idea.

Fifis25StottieCakes Sat 18-Jun-11 17:04:18

Thanks - i will try all of the above. I think she thinks once the muzzle is on she has no control of the situation. She has always been a very submissive dog and has never in nearly 6 years been attacked or had a fight. I dont think until now she thought other dogs were capable of doing what they did to her. She lay down as soon as the other dogs ran at her and did not fight back. One of the neighbours was crying and said she has never seen anything like it. I knew she didnt fight with other dogs but was shocked at the lack of aggretion she showed when being attacked. Is this normal especially with a staffy to let the dogs maul her. We had her free twice, at one point the kids dad had her in his arms with the 2 dogs still attached to her whilst i was trying to grab the back of their necks. One of the neighbours i hardly know over the road ended up lying on the staff as she was being ripped apart whilst the kids dad ripped the other 2 off her. They have both been to hospital with bite to their hands.

My main worry now is that she may be aggressive with other dogs and her temprement will change. I feel like i have put years of hard into her and it has all been ruined sad

Fifis25StottieCakes Sat 18-Jun-11 17:05:26

*hard work

silentcatastrophe Sat 18-Jun-11 18:25:37

How awful for all of you. I hope you all recover well. I think there is probably no reason to fear that she will become generally aggressive. She may show signs of fear with the breeds of dog that attacked her. She sounds as though she is in great hands with you, and I expect you know that if you are afraid of the dogs who hurt your dog, the feeling will go to her. So, it's really important for you to lead the way. Be brave and if you see a dog who she is showing signs of fear with, I would start a game with a ball and treats, and move in the other direction. HOpefully she will learn that games are better than being afraid. With the muzzle I second TheDogs... With lots of treats

Fifis25StottieCakes Sat 18-Jun-11 18:38:37

Thanks Silent - Its was actually 2 patterdales who attacked her, mother and daughter. My other dog is a patterdale x but tbh she looks nothing like one she is brown and shorthaired and much taller than a patterdale. She hasnt been for a proper walk yet so i might take her out tomorrow with the kids dad and my other dog, see how she goes outside and try to get back to normality.

chickchickchicken Sat 18-Jun-11 19:46:17

this is awful. i feel so sorry for you all having to go through this. my dog was bitten by a lab years ago and was scared of them for ages afterwards. she is now friends with a lab but it took a long time for her to get over it.

however your attack sounds a lot more vicious. do you know who the other dogs belong to?

it is really tricky not to do this but try not to reinforce her anxieties. it is natural to want to cuddle them when they are scared. still be kind and calm and reassuring. <hypocrite alert> as all i did was scoop my dog up in my arms and i slept downstairs with her until her staples were taken out

chickchickchicken Sat 18-Jun-11 19:48:32

should add that dog usually sleeps upstairs with me but had to avoid stairs and jumping up on bed as her wound was along her tummy. i couldnt leave her downstairs on her own so took a mattress downstairs to sleep next to her

silentcatastrophe Sat 18-Jun-11 19:49:04

Bitches fighting can be worse than dogs. (Think of the girls fighting outside nightclubs....). She may take a while to regain her confidence. It's so important at these times to remember that it is a dog you're dealing with and not a person. It's such a shock for you, but as her guardian and leader, I'm sure you will do all you can to encourage her that life can be fun again.

TheDogsAintTheProblem Sat 18-Jun-11 19:54:42

Been there, done that, chick. <<rolls eyes at own softiness>>

Fifi, I know that your main concern is for your poor little Staffie but have you thought about taking action upon the owner of the other dogs? I must say that if another bit one of my dogs I would threaten legal action and take it if I felt that the attacking dogs' owner wasn't going to behave more responsibly even though I wouldn't take action if I were harmed by a dog. IMHO the owner needs to be made to ensure that this never happens again - a less sturdy dog than your poor Staffie girl may well not have survived.

Please give your poor girl a big hug from me.

Fifis25StottieCakes Sat 18-Jun-11 20:24:44

I dont want to out myself incase anyones reading. Apparently the dogs are under some sort of dog asbo through the council. They have bit 2 people and killed cats. No ones done anything for fear of the owners.

My friend witnessed the attack and she has a chow. She said hers would have been killed on the 1st bite.

They have been told they have to be keep them on a lead at all times. The kids dad was walking her and said he seen her go in the flat with them on leaders. Her friend knocked, opened door and they ran out straight for mine.

TDATP - i am convinced thats how she was ok. She has got a huge neck and is probably carrying more weight than what she should be.

TheDogsAintTheProblem Sat 18-Jun-11 20:34:25

They'll be under a Dog Control Order from what you're saying there. In that case you may like to consider contacting the council and telling them that the order has been breached and ask them to intervene.

There's probably no rush, you have witnesses and vet reports so nothing needs to be decided immediately.

I'd like to think that the owner was immediately on their knees with apology, is paying your vet bills, has made regular enquiry to see how little Staffie girl is and is demonstrating to you that they have been and ARE abiding by the Dog Control Order and that the incident was a sheer accident caused by a moment of negligence.

I get the idea I'd be wrong though... sad

Elibean Sat 18-Jun-11 20:39:16

Dreadful for all of you, nearly in tears reading about your poor girl sad and angry on her, your, and your childrens' behalf.
I have no experience to offer with dogs, but I can tell you that if that was a child that had been attacked by another child, it would be completely normal for her to have a period of shock, fear, and major reaction for a while afterwards. It wouldn't necessarily mean that fear and/or aggression would continue, but the shock has to come out somehow....its almost a physical reaction.
No idea if its the same, but just wanted to add that thought that her fear and shock levels will, hopefully, diminish with time and love.
I hope all the humans hurt and shocked from witnessing the attack are on the mend too xxx

Fifis25StottieCakes Sat 18-Jun-11 20:43:58

Yes your wrong. Her friend was more apologetic who had let them out and i havent clapped eyes on them. A few of the neighbours have said they are ringing the council as not happy about them. Ive got insurance i just have to pay £40 excess. I wont have a hope in hell of getting that back. Luckily she just needed some stitches in hind leg, antibiotics, puncture marks cleaned and a painkiller injection. Shes got lacerations inside her ears but vet said they will heal. She keep rolling her head apparently its her ear making her do that.

maddiemostmerry Sat 18-Jun-11 22:01:37

I'm really sorry that this has happened. My dog was attacked and has taken a long time to get over it.

My vet recommended dog massage and lots of praise and rewarding behaviour.

My dog is now lead defensive and does not like particular breeds, was attacked by a Vzisla but is wary of boxers and Alsations as well.

I imagine you are all very shocked, so take it as easy as you can.

Fifis25StottieCakes Sat 18-Jun-11 22:17:45

I think we will go on a family walk tommorrow if the weathers nice and try and get her confidence back with my other dog first then build it up over the week. Quite a few of my friends have lovely dogs who are friendly with the staff so i will gradually get her together with these.

Thanks for the advice and well wishes everyone.

Elibean Sun 19-Jun-11 17:03:00

How is she today, Fifi?

Fifis25StottieCakes Sun 19-Jun-11 17:10:06

Shes ok, i was going to take her for a big walk with the other dog but she had one look at the rain and done a u turn. She hates the rain. Shes at the kids dads now, she is coming back later on. Thanks for asking smile

Elibean Mon 20-Jun-11 13:05:42

Ah yes, I have a dh who behaves like that with rain grin

Hope she has a good day today.

Fifis25StottieCakes Mon 20-Jun-11 22:55:31

Shes fine today, she came home last night and has been playing with the rope in the garden with the other one. The other ones knocked me off my feet when we ended up in long grass, she was tearing around like a maniac and the next think i knew i was on my bum sitting in the grass. I had to limp home grin

Elibean Tue 21-Jun-11 10:35:29

Hurrah! Well done, too. Here's to ongoing recovery smile

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