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Old 12-01-2012, 04:49 PM
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Question Puppy with severe anxiety after attack [long post]

Hi, all. I'm a long-time lurker, second time poster here. I apologize in advanced because this is a really long post, but I want you guys to know the background story so you can give me the best advice possible.

About three weeks ago, I was walking my chi's [Fergie and Gracie] in the front yard. My neighbors have two dogs [a really unfriendly daschund, and a large boston terrier mix] that sit in their driveway and front side-yard unleashed. We've never had any problems with the dogs before until this incident. I was walking my girls in the front yard on their leashes around 5:30pm like I usually do, when I noticed the bigger dog was in the yard, but he was pretty far away and his owners were in their garage, so I didn't really think much about it.

Anyway, a few minutes later, I noticed he was a lot closer than he was before and started getting nervous so I turned around to go back inside. However, when I turned around, Gracie also saw him and barked at him, and that's when he ran over latched onto her. She let out the worst scream / cry I have ever heard in my life, and I thought he had bit her in the stomach or the ribs, and I immediately started screaming at him to let go. When he didn't, I kicked him in the face and grabbed Grace. The second I got her in my arms, he started jumping on me, trying to get her while I was holding her. Fergie was still on the ground barking, and I was afraid he would step on her or focus on her instead, but since he wouldn't get off of me, I had to kick him yet again in the ribs this time, and yank Fergie up by her harness.

By this time it had seemed like an eternity had passed; both girls were barking and crying, and I thought for sure they had been fatally injured because I could feel moisture on Grace's side which I thought was blood. Right after I got Fergie up in my arms, my mom, sister, several neighbors, and the neighbors that owned the dog had all run over to help. One of the guys put his arms around me so the dog wouldn't scratch me anymore, and the other guy restrained the dog. The second he let go of me I ran over to my sister and handed her Gracie since she's the "dog expert" of the family and we went inside right away. Thank GOD both girls were ok. It turns out Gracie only had one bite to her tail [the moisture was just slobber], which we cleaned and disinfected, and Fergie was just sore under her "arm pit" area where I yanked her up. I had several scratches on my arms but they didn't hurt at all.

Needless to say this was one of my worst fears, and probably a concern for every chi owner / parent out there. The outcome could have been so much worse. I've read and seen many a story on court shows in which the outcome was fatal, so I am very thankful it ended with "just" a bite to the tail. I will never walk them in the front yard again, nor will I take them out in the stroller alone [my Dad has agreed to come with me when they go out in the stroller.] The next day, my parents helped me set up a walking area in our fenced back yard with some wood barriers and mulch. Unfortunately, they only have a very small area to walk in now. It's literally 20% of the size of the yard they're used to walking in, but it's safer.

Basically, I would like advice because Gracie is now TERRIFIED of everything! She has severe anxiety, mostly relating to other dogs barking, and walking / being outside. She is fine on car rides and stroller rides providing her "grandparents" and I are there with her, but she often wakes up between 3am-6am because she hears a dog barking and will start barking back and crying. If she goes outside, she is constantly looking behind her back and barking / crying. She can't relax. I've tried to slowly readjust her to going outside. For example, I'd take her onto the pool deck and sit down with her in my arms. Then I'd let her walk a little bit on her leash [still on the pool-deck.] Then we'd go to the driveway. She eventually was able to walk in the backyard again when the SAME DOG that bit her was left outside in their backyard and ran into the chain-link fence, trying to "play" with her again and yet again terrified her. He couldn't get to her thanks to the fence, but now she doesn't feel safe back there, either.

At this point, nothing seems to be relieving her anxiety. She walks right beside me at all times and just wants me to hold her 24/7. I feel so guilty that she is so scared of everything now. Even when I carry her outside she starts barking and crying.

Do you guys have any suggestions on how to calm or relieve her anxiety? I'm open to all suggestions. She is only a year old; I don't want this to affect her for the rest of her life. Thank you in advanced, and sorry again about how long this post was!
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:29 PM
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First of all I am sorry you had to go through this.

Personally I would talk to the neighbors about putting their dogs on a lead so it can't happen again.

Jaxx was attacked last Christmas and acted like this at first. I came here and got the best advice. First of all you have to adjust your feelings. She is probably picking up on your feelings and it is making her more upset. You have to make sure she is safe and okay but don't baby her or she will keep acting this way for attention, they are very smart that way. Stick with your regular routine so that it doesn't stress her by routine upset. At first I thought this advice was crazy but it was spot on. Jaxx was scared to death of going into the area he was attacked for a while but eventually he figured it was okay.
It is great that you have found a way for them to be safe in the back yard.

I would also find other dogs that you know aren't aggressive to show her all dogs aren't mean.
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It makes me upset that people let their dogs loose in the unfenced yard. I'm so sorry this happened to you.

Do you know anyone with a small and gentle dog that could be a confidence booster for her? Start by perhaps walking past on a leash when it's a good distance away. Reward her when she is calm, then gradually decrease the distance. When she's calm enough to interact with this dog, maybe have play date. If you can, find a few other dogs that can help with this process.

And above all, be patient - it'll certainly take time. Good luck to you.
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I have had my share of attacks on my dogs, or dogs that were in my care. There were 3 that were the worst though.
The first, we had a foster that was VERY obese when she was temperament, to the point it impaired her movement. When she lost some weight her real personality came out, she growled at people at the adopt-a-thons, and just started acting dominant, and scary, but she would listen to me so I just kept working with her. One day I heard a scream coming from the dog room(They have their own bedroom.), she had attacked my little corgi, had her pinned down, blood everywhere! Kiki(mine) had her throat punctured 9 times and had to have shunts put in to drain, and her paw was completely ripped open. The rescue made the decision to put the foster down. Kiki recovered, and did have issues with other dogs for a while. Understandably. I made sure that I was always calm, confident, and assertive when we would interact with other dogs, and she followed my lead.
The second. I had Kiki and our sweet but terrified of life foster(Pitt lab hound mix, found under a car when she was 4 weeks old), at a local dog park. A large male poodle was sitting next to a tennis ball. When our foster walked by he attacked her, grabbed her by her side, bit her face, and bit her several other times around the body, with her crying, running, and screaming the whole way across the park. Kiki launched across the park, grabbed the poodle by the face, threw him on the ground, and beat the snot out of him. Ripped his ear pretty good. I called both dogs and they immediately came running(Kiki had to let go first. lol). The owner apologized and said her dog guards toys. She also paid the minor vet bills for any bites. Our foster never totally got over that, she started barking and lunging at dogs that made her nervous. It was a lot of work but we found walking her with our calm, sweet, bomb proof Rottweiler made her calm. She needed us to be calm and assertive, have a predictable schedule, clear boundaries and rules, and a large calm male to feel comfortable. She was adopted by a family with a male Bernese mountain dog, and is doing great.
The third. I had our Rotty, and a foster(A huge beautiful chocolate Pit bull) at a very nice, huge, non fenced, off leash dog park. A German shepherd popped out of the bushes and ripped a hole the size of my fist out of our fosters side, my Rotty tried to get in the way, and the shepherd bit him in the face. The owner dragged her dog off and paid for all of the very expensive vet bills. It was pretty bad. Both dogs needed stitches and it took months for our foster to heal. My Rottweiler was fine, he is very confident, and not afraid to protect himself or others, but only when in direct and absolute danger. He always reacts appropriately. The foster wanted to attack any dog bigger than him after that, and did break his leash and attacked a husky about a month and a 1/2 after he got attacked. Didn't hurt the dog thank god. We did a lot of training, and he went back to the rescue(Strictly pit bull rescue.) for more training, which helped him to get out of the fear mind set. He found a home in the country with 2 Boston terriers who love him very much.
The most important thing is your attitude. You need to be calm, assertive, calm, firm, and calm. That means controlling your fear, and not giving in to theirs by carrying and babying them when they are in a state of fear. All you will be doing is reinforcing that there is indeed a reason for them to be afraid.
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Also the neighbor needs to leash, or contain their pets. Legally dogs can't run around unleashed. Mine do in my yard, and all my neighbors do too, but then no one has ever complained or had a reason to. If there was a problem I would definitely start containing mine, and would expect my neighbors to do the same.
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It makes me upset that people let their dogs loose in the unfenced yard. I'm so sorry this happened to you.

Do you know anyone with a small and gentle dog that could be a confidence booster for her? Start by perhaps walking past on a leash when it's a good distance away. Reward her when she is calm, then gradually decrease the distance. When she's calm enough to interact with this dog, maybe have play date. If you can, find a few other dogs that can help with this process.

And above all, be patient - it'll certainly take time. Good luck to you.
Thank you for replying. I don't really know too many people with small dogs-- they're mostly larger dogs [over thirty lbs.] However, I do have another neighbor that has a shih tzu mix [maybe fifteen lbs] that might be a good fit to try. I'll ask her next time I see her. Gracie also loves cats -- my mom has four, and I have one who's almost thirteen-- so she is confident around other animals that are bigger than her, so hopefully she'll feel good around smaller dogs.
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First of all I am sorry you had to go through this.

Personally I would talk to the neighbors about putting their dogs on a lead so it can't happen again.

Jaxx was attacked last Christmas and acted like this at first. I came here and got the best advice. First of all you have to adjust your feelings. She is probably picking up on your feelings and it is making her more upset. You have to make sure she is safe and okay but don't baby her or she will keep acting this way for attention, they are very smart that way. Stick with your regular routine so that it doesn't stress her by routine upset. At first I thought this advice was crazy but it was spot on. Jaxx was scared to death of going into the area he was attacked for a while but eventually he figured it was okay.
It is great that you have found a way for them to be safe in the back yard.

I would also find other dogs that you know aren't aggressive to show her all dogs aren't mean.
Thanks for replying. I agree, and I know that this is an amazing forum. I've been lurking on here for a few years but I just recently started posting.
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Also the neighbor needs to leash, or contain their pets. Legally dogs can't run around unleashed. Mine do in my yard, and all my neighbors do too, but then no one has ever complained or had a reason to. If there was a problem I would definitely start containing mine, and would expect my neighbors to do the same.
Thanks for the reply. I've talked to both the neighbors and the "king of the neighborhood" [the guy that knows everyone on the block] about this situation. Actually, one of the other neighbors who witnessed it came over the next day and spoke to my mom and told me that her cat had been bitten and she suspected it was their dog, but she had no proof.

However, they still let him out in their yard unleashed. I've seen him at least six times since then. What I don't understand is that their backyard is fenced completely, where as the front yard has no fence, so why do they let him out front when he can run unleashed out back safetly?! Anyway, I've written a letter to the owners of the house [they rent] but have no heard a reply yet. He's [the dog] also been locked in the backyard for over an hour crying, barking, and scratching at various hours of the morning since this incident.

I will most likely call animal control if I see him out there again since my young nieces also live here and play in the front yard. Thank you again for your advice.
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