A neighbor stopped by our yard with his dog, not on a leash, and our 5 year old golden male attacked the dog. I just found out the dog didn't make it. He has killed cats, squirrels, rabbits, fox, raccoons, birds, etc. But has never hurt another dog before! Is this normal??? He is SO loving with people.
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No, that is definitely not normal. The book Aggression In Dogs by Brenda Aloff is a good resource, but you need a good evaluation by a great trainer. Your dog should wear a basket muzzle anytime he may encounter other dogs.
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Goldens are usually not dog aggressive but it can happen.
Is he neutered?.If not,I would.
It will help but not stop the problem.
Knowing this,I would keep him,away from other dogs until you train him and even then,I would always be,careful.
Was the other dog,a male?.
He could just be gender aggressive,unless he goes,after females,as well.
Could you tell us more about yr dog: Age,history,etc.
He is exercised enough and could you tell us,more,about the attack?.
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So sorry! I think muzzle when outdoors is really your only option!
My yorkies & cats have killed mice and chimpunks- So I would never trust them with small animals.
Cat killing is a no-no in my book especially since I have cats.
I personally would not ever trust this dog with other animals with his history even before he injured the neighbors dog.
I hope you find the help you dog needs. Goldens should not be killers.
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I am sorry you went through such a horrific experience, especially sorry for the owner of the other dog. If there were any vet bills for their dog, have you offered to reimburse them?
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I think we need more information about the attack. Was your dog's intent to kill? Was it a fight? Was he in prey drive? Not that anything excuses the behavior, knowing what mindset he was in will help determine how he needs to be helped.
I agree that you can never trust this dog again but can work with him to lessen his aggression by working with a behaviorist.
My God-dog has killed all sorts of rodents, water-fowl and a fawn. I would not trust him around domesticated rodents, but he is fine with cats and although he can be a jerk with other dogs, he has never injured another dog.
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I can't image how you must be feeling. I'm so sorry!
Does your dog live in your backyard? Is that where he killed the animals he previously killed?
I wanted to also reiterate that a strong leash and a well-fitted muzzle that you have introduced properly (
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It was a short mixed breed heavy dog that was attacked. He was about 40 pounds. Our dog is extremely gentle with people and is always around children. He is five years old and has always had a female companion. Our female is a 5 month old puppy and he has been very gentle and nurturing with her since day one.
He lives in a partly fenced, entirely underground fenced yard that is about two acres. He was just barking at the dog until I came outside and then he attacked. ( I think he thought he was protecting me.) He has occasionally been around other dogs at the vets or park and has never had a problem.
I will not muzzle him as he is an outside dog.
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Can you put up a physical fence?
I know a lot of people that have great success with underground fences. I personally do not trust them as I feel that keeping things out of the yard is just as important to keeping my dogs safe as using the fence to keep them inside.
A few years ago a family member's dog attacked a child that was inside their fence at night. Scared me and I swore from that point I would always make sure to have a physical fence for my dogs.
I hope you get the help you need! It's a very scary situation to be in.