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What should I have done when my dog was jumped on?

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Hoolit Sat 30-Mar-13 14:20:12

I'll give you the full scenario.
In park today, no-one about so let dog off the lead.
He is fab with dogs and people but recall a bit hit and miss, it's a work in progress.
He was happily going about his own business, other dogs arrived he said hello and off he went again all good so far.
All other dogs off lead.
Another dog appeared again off the lead and the two stood about 50 yards apart stock still. Obviously doing the male dominance thing checking each other out. Mine was tail up, ears down kept looking back at me, I called him and he didn't move. He eventually approched the other whilst they had a bit sniff then mine went off to play.
Mine then just wandererd off on his own .
The other owner then passed and said 'don't know whats going on there' and walked away.
Then I put mine on the lead ready to go and was stood tslking to another dog owner , hers also on the lead. No problems then I'm aware the other dog has come over and is stood right next to my leg with mine on my other side looking away.
I said ' I don't think I want to be between these two' and went to take a step forward then the fucker pounced!
The lead was pulled from my hand as my poor dog took a few steps sideways as he fell to the floor with this bloody animal round his neck.
I just made sure my dd was out the way before just looking on.
My dog was on the ground on his back trying to get up whilst the other dog stood over him going at his neck.
I did not look for owner I was horrified, when he did appear I told him to get hold of it and get him off! Which he did then walked away.
Mine came over so sad looking, was given a treat off other owner and we came home. Me speechless and crying poor dog just flat.
We've only had him a couple of months I feel like I let him down sad

Hoolit Sat 30-Mar-13 14:21:56

I have reported it to the police via 101.

TheEasterQODdy Sat 30-Mar-13 14:24:19

I like to think I would have kicked the other dog to get it off. I'm sure that's not the right thing to do though

Hoolit Sat 30-Mar-13 14:31:22

That's what I always thought I'd do, I was pathetic really. I think the other owner would have been as shaken as me and that's why he walked away.

thegriffon Sat 30-Mar-13 14:43:00

It happens, not your fault. 3 months ago my lab was roughed up by 2 german shepherds. They spotted him from a distance, ran away from their owner and forced him onto back, mouths at his throat and made him yelp. The owner called them off when he caught up.
I'd read on another forum that it's best best not to show any reaction and carry on as usual. My dog went off and played with another dog straight away and was fine.
The same thing happened a week later, with the same dogs angry owner v apologetic, I asked for his address and said I'd be reporting him to police for having out of control dogs if it happened again. So far so good, and my dog doesn't seem to have any residual problems. We've seen other GSD's and he's fine with them.

Floralnomad Sat 30-Mar-13 14:47:17

Is your dog actually injured or just shocked IYSWIM ? I don't think the police are very interested in dog on dog attacks and you're better off telling the local dog warden as he will be able to see if there are other complaints about a similar dog . I would have kicked it or hit it to get it off personally .

thegriffon Sat 30-Mar-13 14:57:21

I'd be scared of hitting or kicking an unknown dog (or in my case 2 huge GSDs) in case they turned on me. Have heard that lifting up the attacking dog's back legs works as puts them off balance, but then there's the dilemma of when to let go of them as dog likely to be very pissed off at having its back legs held.
Luckily most dog on dog attacks, although they sound really vicious, don't result in actual injury.

Hoolit Sat 30-Mar-13 14:57:34

He's not injured just shocked I think.
The police are notifying the warden and local neighbourhood team just as you say, in case been anything else with same dog.
I think I will have to get him back out there tonight for both our sakes.
You're right all of you I think this does happen from time to time I will just be prepared in future.
The Griffon- is your dog still fine with other dogs? Not more timid or agressive?
Mine has always been great, he was submissive to this one but made no difference.
Also, he's not had his bits done, would this make s difference to future rumbles?

Hoolit Sat 30-Mar-13 15:00:20

Yeah, I was not wanting to be on end of this dog he is very stocky and had shaved patches on his back so not sure if had 'form'!!!
That sounds funny, if I'd of looked he might of had an earring and tattoo!

Floralnomad Sat 30-Mar-13 15:02:36

You should get him neutered anyway ,just as a responsible dog owner . I'm in no way saying you should intervene in a dog fight ,I'm just saying I would because if my dog was seriously injured I'd never forgive myself if I'd just stood and watched . That is a personal opinion though .

Hoolit Sat 30-Mar-13 15:07:38

We want him done but as he is 7 we were still weighing it up. But I think it's necessary and will try to get him in this week.

Floralnomad Sat 30-Mar-13 15:11:55

Unless there is a medical reason not to neuter its probably best to do it ,especially if his recall is a bit iffy ,if he gets whiff of a bitch in season he will be off !

thegriffon Sat 30-Mar-13 15:11:56

Hoolit - yes my dog is absolutely fine with other dogs. I had him neutered 6 weeks ago (he's 2.5 yrs old). Nothing to do with being attacked, as I explained on another thread he suddenly discovered girls and got very stressed over a local female in season so he swiftly got the chop.
No idea whether other dogs are more likely to be aggressive towards entire dogs, but I did wonder if this is why the GSDs went for him. Perhaps they saw him as a threat to their authority, although we never had problems before.

Hoolit Sat 30-Mar-13 15:16:32

Thanks for all replies and advice.
I will def get him done. Hopefully I will have no need to post like this again.
He is a pleasure so hope this hasn't put him off stride, I just felt so helpless. Also my 12 yr old ds likes to take him out , this has made me question this.

RedwingWinter Sat 30-Mar-13 15:54:07

What a horrid thing to happen. I'm glad he is not injured and hope he gets over the shock soon. It is worth feeling him over carefully to double-check if he is a very hairy dog.

A lot of dog fights are like this, a lot of noise and jaw action but no actual blood. Shouting can break up a lot of dog fights and also has the advantage of attracting attention if other people are about. So always shout at the dogs to stop.

With lifting the back legs, I've never had to do it but it is really important to get the dog that is the aggressor (otherwise the attack will just continue and you'll be holding the victim in a compromised position). Lift the legs up, not back, so the dog loses its balance, otherwise the head will probably come round and bite you. My DH got bit (not badly) whilst breaking up a dog fight.

I hope you are not in too much shock yourself, it's awful when another dog attacks.

Hoolit Sat 30-Mar-13 16:06:54

Thanks redwing- I've had a feel and he does seem fine which I really surprised at the way the other dog was on I was expecting blood.
I was so shaken, him too but once dh gets in we will be off out or I will be put off if I leave it.
Just hope we don't bump into the same dog.

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