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My dog is a rescue dog and was never any bother when out walking. She could be on the lead or off the lead and she was good as gold, however a few years back we were walking back home when she was on the lead and out of no where another dog came racing towards us and attacked her. As she was on the lead she wasn't able to get away from the dog or defend herself and all I could do to stop it was put myself between them while my mum and dad helped to get the dog off her. After that on the walk home she was a bit cut and shaken but seemed ok after it.

The problem now is that when ever we are now out walking she becomes very anxious when she sees another dog and barks her head off and pulls and struggles to get off the lead which can be very embarrassing as this makes her look like a vicious dog even though she is the most loving dog and is just scared around other dogs.

She can be good around other dogs which is proven when we dog sit for a friend as we have done for many years and she doesn't bother about him whats so ever.

Can someone please help on how to relax her when out and around other dogs so I no longer have to hide behind cars and cross the road when I see other dogs coming. All I want to do is enjoy long walks with my dog where she doesn't become anxious around other dogs.
 

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can i ask what you have done on your walks since the attack to try and help. if as you say it was a few years ago then surely you have had asked someone for help before now so if we know what you have already tried then amybe someone iwll have some other advise of things you could try. its awful to see our little ones fearful
 

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Unfortunately no, I have spoken to the vet but she never gave me any help even though I explained my problem and it was obvious to her when waiting in the waiting room and other dogs appear.

We try to distract her when we are out with treats but she spits them out even though at home she wont leave a crumb.
We have been in the pet shop who have advised a spray that makes a sound that distracts them when they act out but she never hears it over her barking.

The only way I can get round it is by taking her routes that I think I won't see any other dogs or out at quieter times of the day and night.
 

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my girl was attacked a couple months ago.. by our neighbors dogs.. one of which was sadly euthanized.. but now the neighbor and her other dog are in classes and and we have had several successful playdates.. she was on the leash too when it happened and was pretty frightened after it happened.. i let her take her time going back to place where she was attacked but i eventually made her go there and she still looks over her shoulder when we are there but she gets along just fine.. try classes.. our neighbor is in the same obedience class that my dog was in and they do alot of leash training around other dogs.. confidence is a huge factor.. we are lucky our neighbor is so willing to help and make ammends for her neglecting to properly train and socialize her dogs.. it helps alot that the dogs know each other now
 

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Unfortunately no, I have spoken to the vet but she never gave me any help even though I explained my problem and it was obvious to her when waiting in the waiting room and other dogs appear.

We try to distract her when we are out with treats but she spits them out even though at home she wont leave a crumb.
We have been in the pet shop who have advised a spray that makes a sound that distracts them when they act out but she never hears it over her barking.

The only way I can get round it is by taking her routes that I think I won't see any other dogs or out at quieter times of the day and night.
a vet is not a behaviorist or a dog trainer.. she likely didnt have the answers.. try making your dog sit and wait while any people or dogs pass.. my girl just does it automatically now.. you can block her view of other dogs and just try to get her to focus on you.. it might take a while but it works for my girl..
 

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Thanks, I think I am going to look into classes. I just worry that now she is 8 it may be to late to get her out of this but I want to try for her!
 

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its never too late.. :) my neighbors dog is 5 and he is doing really well in classes.. since he's bitten and is a little dog aggressive they put a red bandana on him, but he has been making alot of improvement in just a couple months.. the classes taught me more than i taught my dog, honestly.. and it really helped our bond.. we both just love doing it.. the teacher taught me how to better understand my dog and why she does what she does and how to get her to understand me.. hopefully when the classes are over for my neighbor he wont be a red bandana dog anymore.. :)
 

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it will greatly benefit you both.. :) i hope you enjoy it.. my trainer taught us hand signals which my dog really responds to.. and little ways to get her to focus on me.. when she gets excited she it was hard to get her attention and to get her to focus on me but now i say watch me and point to my eyes and she will make eye contact everytime and wait there for her treat.. :) good luck with your training and the great thing about it is you can use what youve learned with future dogs you might own.. i learned to have more patience with her..
 

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My dog was also attacked once when we were almost home from a walk by a mean little scruffy terrier mix who was just out loose in his front yard. The owner, my neighbor, just stood there watching and didn't try to help me get his dog off of mine. He didn't even ask if we were okay. I was livid. Thankfully the perpetrator didn't do any serious damage to my dog, but it didn't help his already established apprehension around other dogs.

Irresponsible and inattentive owners make me angry. I'm glad your dog was okay and that you're now working through the trauma from the attack. Did you try to sue the owner of the other dog?
 

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My dog was also attacked once when we were almost home from a walk by a mean little scruffy terrier mix who was just out loose in his front yard. The owner, my neighbor, just stood there watching and didn't try to help me get his dog off of mine. He didn't even ask if we were okay. I was livid. Thankfully the perpetrator didn't do any serious damage to my dog, but it didn't help his already established apprehension around other dogs.

Irresponsible and inattentive owners make me angry. I'm glad your dog was okay and that you're now working through the trauma from the attack. Did you try to sue the owner of the other dog?
unfortunately in my case i called animal control and (2 dogs attacked us) one of the dogs had already bitten somebody so the owners agreed to have him euthanized.. it made me think twice about calling but the attack was severe enough i felt obligated to make the call.. i feel terrible that the dog paid with his life for something that could have been easily avoided.. i tell ppl to keep their dog on a leash and always keep an eye on them not only for the safety of others but for the safety of their own dogs.. in this case if the neighbor had just kept a better eye on her dogs or took them for a walk instead of just letting them both run through the neighborhood it would never have happened.. the dogs could have attacked somebodys child and they were very strong dogs (they drug my dog all the way across the street by her collar with me kicking and screaming on the other end of her leash) i couldnt protect her as i was on the ground in an instant being drug as well.. ill say ive never been that scared in my whole life, luckily my dog was fine and i just had a skinned knee but i do carry mace with us on every walk now..
 

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unfortunately we run into irresponsible dog owners every where and the dog always gets the blame. because of the breed of my dogs i am extra vigilant when we're out and make sure we never miss a training class purely for the socialisation and both mine are spayed and neutered because i know that oen day if it kicks off then my dogs will get the blame rgardless of who started it. we started taking our little one to the park as soon as he was vaccinated and he would play with the other dogs. the usual ones were 2 rotties, a lab and some others. The rotties would roll over and let him jump on them and they would tell him off when he needed it and basicaly taught him the doggy etiquette and how to play nice so he was well socialised with people and dogs. one day a woman came with her jack russel and just let it off the lead instead of introducing it first and it caused mayhem so i put mine back on his lead and said my goodbyes. When i was asked why i said that the jack russel was getting too boistrous and the others were getting fed up but i didnt want mine getting the blame so i was leaving before the jack got a proper telling off. the jacks owner then walked away shouting her dog and telling it that she wasnt allowing it to play with us snobs. stupid woman
 

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I had a similar experience with my dog a couple of years ago, he was on his lead with me when another dog (off lead) jumped out of a doorway and attacked Jed.
He behaved just like yours after, lunging, growling barking etc when he saw other dogs,
I taught him the watch me command, so he could concentrate on me ,when other dogs are around,
After the incident I started to take him to the local market ( about the only place to go where there are strange dogs around) there I would sit out of the way with him, but in a place where he could see what was going on, armed with treats and a squeaky toy ( which got his attention nicely if he was fixing on another dog)
He's not perfect even now, and we can still have some scenes, but they are generally less and less intense than they used to be, I am also only able to work on it at certain times of the year, so I reckon with more consistency you will get better results, a training class will be good too, put don't push your dog to hard though, it's only with work and consistency that you can get her over this.
Even now I do not let other dogs approach Jed when he's on lead, cos he will jump on them straightaway.
 

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Where I live is kind of on the edge of town, so we have to worry about stray and loose dogs as well as wild animals such as coyotes (though I rarely actually see them, they definitely roam the area). After the incident with the terrier and a couple other incidents where dogs ran at us but thankfully nothing happened, I carry a length of bright orange pvc pipe with me when we go for walks or hikes. I carry it mainly to wave wildly in the hopes of scaring off another animal that might cause us harm, but it makes an effective weapon if the need arises. Hopefully it never does, though :/
 
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