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Ddog nipped a cyclist today...

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EasyToEatTiger Mon 28-Mar-16 17:37:54

The woman already was recovering from some injury, though I did not see blood. I apologised profusely and asked if there was anything I could do. She just said she knows where we live and will probably need a tetanus jab. Then she left on her bike. I feel very ashamed. I didn't see exactly what happened as my dog was behind me. Said dog has been assessed by professional behaviourists, as we have had ishoos with other dogs, nipping not being one of them. He is a collie.

Springermum1350 Mon 28-Mar-16 17:43:58

Moving objects is a huge problem with mine. But he is scared of them so he goes on the offence. I now don't let him off the lead when I know runners, bikes, scooters etc are around. It's not fair on him as he gets scared and it's not fair on people who who get scared.

I would look into some training around this particular subject. I have tried it and failed with it badly. But yours is a collie so should pick it up better than my springer ( who is daft )

I always think that my mistake could lead to him being pts. And that is an awful thing to think of so I just don't take chances.

EasyToEatTiger Mon 28-Mar-16 19:20:25

The woman's husband came round to post their phone number through the door. He was quite aggressive. I apologised profusely and heard him out. She was there and I apologised again to her. They said there would be no further action. Phew. Today was slightly different as I had a bitch on heat on a lead, tugging like a train. Normally, when people pass, I gather the dogs together and they lie down. Then they race off across the fields. The woman's doc thought my dog had a fright. The husband thought collies were peaceful friendly dogs. Ho hum. They are undoubtably peaceful and usually friendly but unless they nipped, they would be pretty rubbish as sheepdogs. The bitch will be spayed in due course, and I take things like this very seriously. I absolutely recognise that people need to feel safe around dogs, and as a dog owner I am responsible for the behaviour of my dogs.

Springermum1350 Mon 28-Mar-16 19:30:12

That is good to hear. It's hard isn't it. The need to let a dog run free and do dog things and the need to keep everyone safe.

Mine is nervous and therefore unpredictable. I doubt I will ever be happy to let him off the lead where people are. And no amount of training with him will make me ever trust him off the lead. He has never bitten or hurt anyone but I will never put him in that position as when he is scared all bets are off.

I am really pleased they are taken no further action. Xxx

Greyhorses Mon 28-Mar-16 19:30:41

I have a dog that would do the same if given half the chance, or at the very least she would bark at whatever is passing. I never let her off lead around people, am always watching her (ie full attention not group walking where I have too much going on) and also muzzle if there's a chance she could nip.

You have been lucky this time that they took no further action but I wouldn't risk there ever being a second.

EasyToEatTiger Mon 28-Mar-16 19:46:21

I have no plans to have a 2nd incident! He is muzzle trained; my trainer thinks dogs should be muzzle trained in case of usually vet things. He has had so many adverse life things to overcome to learn how to be a dog. Things like barking and laughing and running around that he is the least trained of our lot. He is in now in a much better position to take on some proper (treat induced) bribery. Please believe me, I take the welfare of my dogs very seriously.

Springermum1350 Mon 28-Mar-16 20:21:15

Sorry if my post came across as me having a go. It didn't mean to be. I am so sorry if you felt it was. I was shocked when mine did it for the first time as well. I know exactly how u feel. If you do well with the training can you post it on here. I am sure there are others not just me that it could benefit.

My dog is so nervous that most of the time I can't get him to do simple training like sit outside the house. But again a work in progress.

EasyToEatTiger Tue 29-Mar-16 13:14:54

No offence taken Springer. It is shocking when a dog nips a passer by. The woman was recovering from a previous injury where the nip happened. Her husband became very defensive when I mentioned it and hoped she got better soon. I am really looking forward to when 13 kgs of pulling power is allowed off the lead again!

MrsJayy Tue 29-Mar-16 14:09:16

My collie cant be off lead he bolts and chases and would probably nip a joggers heels or something its hard but we need to keep them and others safe let him off where there is no cyclists

Springermum1350 Tue 29-Mar-16 14:26:59

If I let him off I go into the woods. So everyone else is on the paths but we are in the thick of the forest. He prefers it in there. .... Me not so much as I always fall over trees etc

MsAdorabelleDearheartVonLipwig Tue 29-Mar-16 14:39:06

Oh Tiger what a worry, hope you're ok.

kelda Wed 30-Mar-16 08:00:22

My son, aged 7, on a bike, was bitten by a dog yesterday. I opened this thread wondering if it was the same incident.

I say bitten rather then nipped because his skin was punctured in two places. Entirely unprovoked sad DS has epilepsy and after the initial screaming, went very quiet. I was so worried he would fit (seizures can be brought on by emotion).

Spent three hours at the walk in clinic. They told us to report the dog but we don't know the owners, although we do know friends of the owners.

Having read this thread, I will speak to the friends and suggest a muzzle and behavioural training for moving objects.

georgedawes Wed 30-Mar-16 08:08:08

I disagree Kelda, I'd report a puncture wound like that to both the dog warden and the police. How do you know it hasn't happened before? Let the authorities deal with it. What did the owners say?

MrsJayy Wed 30-Mar-16 08:12:37

Yes I agrwego to the police or dog warden they have more clout than you do did the owners apologise or take responsibility for their dog biting? I hope your son is ok

AddictedtoGreys Wed 30-Mar-16 08:27:29

I have a collie who hates anything with wheels! Especially our wheelie bin hmm so I always keep him on a lead in public places incase of bikes/scooters etc

MrsJayy Wed 30-Mar-16 08:30:39

Jaydog was chasing from behindour fence 2 kids on scooters the other day <sigh> it is hard to get them to stop

kelda Wed 30-Mar-16 08:38:42

Apparently they were mortified and shocked, and very apologetic. I didn't see it, I will speak to the family member who was with him and try and get more details to report to the police.

We only spend a couple of weeks a year in England but it's always in England where dogs jump up and bark at us. In the country we live in, dogs officially have to be kept on leads in all public places, and we have never once had a problem with a dog.

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