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How do I deal with this? Dog attacked mine twice.

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Sandinmytoes Fri 04-Mar-16 10:11:08

Puppy is 6.5 months.
On his very first week out he was attacked by a much smaller dog and it really shook him up, the dog was hanging off his neck. I had to work very hard on socialising with other dogs. I was very shaken too!

I have also avoided this park since as I know this dog is walked there every day.

This park is the nicest by far, and the best for practicing off lead.
Took puppy there yesterday, best walk ever, he played nicely with every other dog, came when he was called, and the same today. Even better actually.
Until the little dog attacked him again. My puppy yelping.

My problem is the owners attitude, he just about mumbles sorry and then thinks it's all a big joke trying to chase down his dog. He recognised me this morning he said" is it the same one" so he knows it's the second time his dog has attacked mine.
I've seen other walkers put their leads back on their dogs when his comes over.
And a few walkers knew exactly who I was talking about when I said my dog had been attacked - small dog breed quite rare.

He seems to be part of a group of walkers, who seem to just stand around, not actually walking and I feel like they're all on his side.

I don't want to stop going to this park, I can't tell you how much this fantastic walk lifts my spirits. ( recently widowed)

I just want the owner to apologise properly and keep his dog under control.

Do I try and make friends with the dog, or ask the owner to put him on the lead if he sees my dog coming, or just ignore the whole thing?

SecretSpy Fri 04-Mar-16 10:16:38

Go at a different time? I have one of these at my local park, lots of other owners have had their dogs attacked/chased by the same dog.

I head to the other part or other park if they are there. But I mostly manage to miss them now.

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Fri 04-Mar-16 10:22:28

Report to the dog warden. Ideally with a photo of the dog and owner but at least a good description. It's against the dangerous dogs act to have a dog out of control like this so he's actually breaking the law.

Sandinmytoes Fri 04-Mar-16 10:22:46

I go straight after school drop off, it's on the way back from school.

It's so convenient.
If I went at a different time it'd take me 15 mins to get there.

Floralnomad Fri 04-Mar-16 10:25:29

You can't ask him to put his dog on a lead if yours if off lead , is it an actual attack or is the little dog just playing too roughly ie has your dog got puncture wounds and needed the vet ?

Sandinmytoes Fri 04-Mar-16 10:34:55

I would call it an attack, my dog yelping and cowering. He runs straight at him and goes for his neck.
Mine can play fight with the best of them, he fights with his sister, but this is purposeful.

I don't think I'm being precious, I know how dogs interact.

I will put mine of the lead when I see his.
It's not all around the park, just the bit where they stand around, unfortunately I can't go any other way.

The dog seems ok with the other couple of dogs in the group, I assume because he's used to them

Indantherene Fri 04-Mar-16 11:20:35

Second reporting him, especially if you know what time he is likely to be there. It is against the law to have a dog out of control like that.

Godstopper Fri 04-Mar-16 12:04:07

I'd report.

I have a fear aggressive BT, and I'm under no illusions that she could act like this dog. For that reason, she is never off-lead when other dogs are around (think big fields with view from all directions), and I forewarn if a dog does approach.

Certainly v. irresponsible to let your dog roam about if known to display aggressive traits. That is exactly how other dogs become aggressive (it's how it happened to us, and we're only just undoing it two years later); it's also stressful for the aggressive dog. You have to be a special kind of idiot to allow it.

pigsDOfly Sat 05-Mar-16 14:00:52

Another one here agreeing, report to dog warden.

I think this can be a real problem with small dogs. So many owners of small dog seem to assume that their aggression, dog's, not owner's, is not real aggression somehow because the dog is small and 'cute'. This might not be the case in your situation obviously, the owner might just be an idiot of the 'dogs will be dogs' variety, rather than an idiot of the my dog can't do any harm variety.

Your dog is suffering and this could leave him with long lasting fears, the other dog is out of control and the owner needs to be pulled up on it. The dog must be kept under control.

I've seen some really nasty aggression from small dogs, my dog was charge by three very aggressive pugs on one occasion and it really shook her up. Fortunately, they were on the lead.

And I speak as the owner of a small dog (non-aggressive variety).

Cheerfulmarybrown Sat 05-Mar-16 16:29:30

Report but I doubt anything will change. Although unfair it is our responsibility to keep our dogs safe so I would not be walking in that park (however difficult it is for me) if I knew that particular dog would be there. there.

I drive past a very beautiful dog walking area twice a day as it is so popular and full of dog owning numpties, on mobile phones, dogs will no recall, he is just playing brigade to a safer quieter location. It is not worth the risk.

happygardening Sat 05-Mar-16 17:51:59

We're rural, with a local allocated village police officer, my dog was attacked twice by the same dog, the first time incurring a vet bill, both times mine was on the lead.
By luck (I asked at the local pet shop) I found out the owners full name and where she lived in terms of it was the was the next village but nothing more. I reported it to my local police officer who asked me what I wanted done and then using the electrol role tracked her down and went round and spoke to her and warned that if it happens (to any dog) again action will be taken against her under the dangerous dog act. This is what I wanted in the first instance I didn't want anything further done.

Dieu Sat 05-Mar-16 18:00:42

It's often small dogs that are annoying wee fuckers. In my experience anyway. I'll lend you my mother's huge Staffie and see how the other dog feels about taking her on grin wink

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