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Hi chi lovers!

I am a new chi mom to little 5 pound male August.
He is a sweetheart, a bit scared of other people, but very happy to meet other dogs.
I want him to meet new dogs and let him sniff other dogs (on leash of course) if they seemed friendly, thinking it would help him socialize.
Unfortunately, this morning, we were out going for a walk and I let him sniff a nice looking Beagle (also leashed).
A few seconds later the Beagle had bitten August, throwing him through the air. August screamed. Oh my, I thought he was dead, or badly injured. I checked him immediately; thank God, he´s not really hurt. It was just a bad shock. He is fine now.
It was also a big warning and WAKE UP signal for me as a chi mom; I guess I will only let him smell other dogs when they are of similar size or the owner says that their dog is absolutely calm.
Just thought I´d share this, as I was not as aware of this problem before.
Have you made any similar experiences?
How do you approach other dogs with your Chi?
I want him to meet other dogs, but I certainly don´t want this to happen again!
Have a nice day, everyone!
Carina
 

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I have both hounds and chis and I have never had this issue. My hounds protect my chis even when they were tiny pups. Mine have never had an issue with other dogs but I always ask the owner if they are ok with other dogs before mine get too close.

Glad he is ok!
 

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I have this problem with Rio, except Rio is normally the one being nasty. He's so much worse on lead aswell. He also doesn't do it if theres more then one dog because he knows he won't win. It's really embarrassing especially since he has been socialised since he was 3 months old. I got told by someone to just let him get on with it but I worry because I would hate for something like what happened to your dog to happen to Rio.
 

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I know beagles are usually very wonderful, patient and loving dogs; that´s why I didn´t expect anything to happen...I guess we´ll stay away from male dogs...
 

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I know beagles are usually very wonderful, patient and loving dogs; that´s why I didn´t expect anything to happen...I guess we´ll stay away from male dogs...
I don't think it has anything to do with male vs female or even breed. Just the dog itself.

Being a hound dog (Beagle or Basset etc) they are hunting dogs so he could have been trained in something or thought your little guy was a toy. It doesn't sound like he was being aggressive as he would have grabbed and shook but almost playful and didn't understand how small your guy was.

Also how did his owner's react?
 

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I don't let my Chis interact with big dogs they don't know. They have each other, their Chi friends, my big dogs, and that is enough. I feel that it's up to me to protect them, and I won't risk an injury. And I also don't trust the owners, no matter how well meaning they are.
 

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its not ALL big dogs , they are friendly if they are brought up to be , tillie lives with my mums boarder collie and she is the worlds most soppiest dog! they are best friends and cuddle and kiss all the time! , its not the size/look of the dog its they way the owner has taught them ect.
 

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It is often the owners fault not the dogs. On another forum i'm on her dog went to say hello to a staffie and the owner shouted at the staffie to kill her dog. Thankfully her dog got away unharmed. It's people like these idiots that give some dogs a bad name.
 

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I think most of the time it is the training of the dogs or the lack of training of the dogs by the owners.

Jaxx and I were out for a walk one night and a woman in our apartment complex had her two dogs outside. Both dogs were larger than Jaxx. Before I knew what was happening she lost control of both dogs and they were both attacking Jaxx. Luckily I had a harness and leash on him and I grabbed him up fast but the dogs kept trying to get at him. The owner acted like it was my fault but did mention that her dogs did not like other animals. Personally if I had 2 animals that I could not control I would not take them both out at one time, which she still does.

Luckily Jaxx was not hurt but it did make socializing him with other dogs difficult for a while.

Anytime we see her now we go the other direction if Jaxx is with me.
 

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I try to stay clear of other dogs when walking my little ones. If i dont know the dogs personally then i just walk on by. A lot of people say there dogs are friendly because they play well with the other dogs they own, but dont necessarily know with dogs they have never met. You can usually tell by the why the owner is holding the dog or by the way the dog is acting. If the owner looks like the are just guessing that the dog is friendly, thats a sign to keep moving. If they are holding the leash tightly as if preparing for anything, then thats also a sign to keep moving. If the dog is jumping, barking, acting wild, and out of control, that means the dog has had no training and you should just walk on by. Dogs in a hyper tense state of mind can be a bit unpredictable when be introduced to a new dog.
These are just some of the things i look for.

Hope this helps some :)


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Other dog owners may not keep up on their dogs shots like you do. I never let me chi get close to other dogs & if it happens, I pull her away & continue walking. You can usually tell when & if a dog is going to become agressive, but sometimes it's difficult.
 

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I just try and avoid anything bigger than a minature poodle size and build when i'm at the dog park. Chloe got knocked over and scared by a overly friendly staffy so its just not worth it to me. I know some big dogs are fine but would rather not take the chance. My guys do have supervised play with family members' big dogs but it gives me anxiety the whole time.
 
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