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Caroline
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 8:48 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi all -

On the way to our new found cricket pitch walk we have to pass some cottages... living in the cottages are 2 rescue lerchers who appear to have taken a strong dislike to Mr Jangles (and i'm told a number of other dogs).

This morning the owner spotted us, put them on their leads, told them to sit and as we approached one twisted out of his collar and came after Bo (who I had now put on a lead too) - I now have a shaken and limping boy!

Previously, we were walking past and they somehow got out of their garden and came after him when none of them were on leads.

To her credit the lady has dropped a note through my door apologising and has asked me for advise as to how to stop the problem, as well as asking if i'd be willing to introduce them again and try to get them to make friends...

Anyone got any wise words as to how to proceed as the problem isn't going to go away and could get worse - however on the basis she is so sorry and they are rescue dogs i'm struggling to be too cross... even tho I really fed up about it and have plonked bo on the sofa with ted bear and a giant bonio for the day!

Thank you x
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 1:17 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

It sounds to me like the lurcher owner needs to take a bit more responsibility for her dogs. A good starting point might be collars that fit correctly, a dog proof garden fence, even muzzles if they are that bad.
It would seem that they need some serious socialisation with other dogs, so suggest she goes to a training class where they can meet other dogs. There is no quick fix for dogs like this.

If they were really nasty to Bo, then I wouldn't let them meet again unless the lurchers were muzzled, or had head collars on, so as the owner had proper control of them. It wouldn't be fair on Bo to let him get attacked gain - if he does, he will probably start getting agressive towards other dogs you meet that look similar - then you'll have a problem too.
If you had to visit the vets, ensure the lurcher owner pays the bill!
Unfortunatley, there is no magical fix.
Hope Bo is feeling better soon.

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Caroline
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PostPosted: Thu May 24, 2007 2:03 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Thank you Debs!

Bo is SUCH a gentle chap and wouldn't harm a fly - on our old walk there were loads and loads of dogs and he was always getting attacked and it's just horrid... seems to happen much less when my other half walks him funnily enough.

I think you are absolutley right about introducing them again. I will write back to her with your suggestion and see what she says - I really don't think I hold the answer for her somehow!

He's much better thanks - gave him a big brush and cuddle and he's munching on a giant bonio and walking fine again.

It's just such a pants start to the day - still, my friends lab was merrily strolling in the park the other day with them on a weekend break in devon when a dog came out of nowhere and attacked him - he got him right in the eye, and there they were in devon on a sunday trying to find a vet - they guys whos dog it was said he was 'guarding his ball' and he didn't know of a vets... grrrr.
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PostPosted: Sun May 27, 2007 8:53 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Hi Caroline

Just a couple of thoughts from me on this at 7 and 15 months my Bernard was attacked by 2 Border Collies who leap a 3ft garden wall to get him he wasn't hurt fortunately but this left him with a fear of Border Collies and infact anything with white markings on it's face and strong eye, he growls and barks and sounds aggressive but inside he just wants them to go away, now aged 9 he will tolerate such dogs provided we have distance between us and he doesn't feel trapped. The Lurchers would probably be better apart and for the owner to treat each one seperately as pack animals they back each other up and behave as a pack. She needs to get some help to establish which is the dominate one and train each dog first before putting them together after all she must think what could happen had Bo been a smaller dog or aggresive himself, and as Deb's says get the right fitting equipment. As for Bo personally I would not put him in danger again as this could spoil him as I found to my regret with Bernard unfortunately I could not get to the beach without passing were these dogs lived so we had to cross the road to pass and eventually the owner kept them in the back garden behind 6ft fence but not before they had attack a GSD and Ridgeback at which point she was told to keep her dogs under control.
Good Luck and keep safe
Brenda

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PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 7:02 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

my boy saxon was nearly attacked by a wandering bullmastiff lucky i was brave enough to jump in front of him and shout NO BAD which made him quickly change his mind it was the scariest thing in my whole life i just couldnt belive myself it was do or die as far as i could see i discovered i was attually very good under presure lol.
personally when these things happen u need to get in front of your dog coz the dogs dont want to hurt you and when the strange dog thinks your the boss he will chnge his mind i know this means you have to trust me but its the key

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