Renny got attacked too! (long)
I had to respond to this post because, I, too, would like to know what to do.
Last Friday I was walking Renny, on leash, towards home on the sidewalk on one side of the street. I see a young woman with a Rottie mix (on the smaller side, but strong) on the other side of the street.
Renny lets out one of his "I see you!" barks, and immediately the Rottie mix gets SUPER excited AND aggressive. He pulled the leash out of the girl's hand and makes a beeline to Renny. This all happened within 2 seconds.
The 2 of them started fighting, then the Rottie mix got a hold of Renny's ear. Renny was literally screaming. It was awful. The girl was finally able to open her dog's mouth while I pulled up on his choke collar. I had let go of Renny's leash, and he was able to walk away.
I had never had Renny off leash on the street before (have only had him a couple of months), so was concerned that he'd run. Thank god he didn't. He just stood there watching me and the girl get a handle on her dog.
The girl was in a bit of shock, and I was certainly shaken, but I managed to explain to her to wrap her dogs leash around her hand, because she just wasn't getting a firm hold of him.
Then, while she was about 10 feet away, and getting her wits about her, I told her to call my trainer and get lessons in how to train her dog.
I also took her name & number. She volunteered to pay for any vet bills.
I didn't see any blood on Renny, but I rushed him to the vet anyway. Luckily only a couple of scrapes on his ear skin, and he was running a slight fever. Vet gave him a week's worth of antibiotic & anti-inflammatory. And, I'm adding turmeric to his food.
Anyway, I called the girl back. She was in tears. Again volunteered to pay the vet bill, but I declined saying the best way to thank me is to please call the trainer. And, she said she did! Oh, she also "explained" that they had rescued him back in June.
She said her boyfriend jogs with the dog every day. When she said that I realized I've seen her BF jogging with the dog, and the dog has always seemed fine.
I also explained to her to please stop feeling guilty and sorry for the dog being a rescue. Yes, this fight happened, but let it go, get yourself a trainer and work with your dog to make sure this doesn't happen again.
Meanwhile, I'm calling my trainer and asking him what I should do when I see a dog charging towards me and Renny. I know I froze. It all just happened so fast!
I'm also wondering if using a Zaplight on an attacking dog, if the charge goes thru the dog and is felt by your own dog. Does anyone know??
ETA: I just googled "what to do when a dog attacks your dog", and found this: "You want to grab things that are as far away from the toothy ends as possible, so you don't get bit (by the dog you're grabbing or the other dog). The conventional wisdom among the dog crowd is to grab one or more back legs or the base of the tail, and lift up and back."
Wendy Maxi, my beautiful girl. Gotcha day 6/5/2014. Birthdate 9/16/2008. Her "new Daddy day" 2/7/2016.
Last edited by Wendy427; 12-31-2012 at 11:54 AM.