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Okay, I am quite obviously not a good owner :(

Ozzy was attacked by a neighbors much larger dog, which is allowed to run around their front AND back garden constantly, which means I can't let Oz out as when i do, the do is jumping over the fence growling, barking and generally going mad. SO i'm having to try and sneak him out quietly for his business, which is completely unfair.
It is totally the other owners fault as this dog is clearly not looked after.

Since then Ozzy's been terrified of going out anywhere, it takes forever to get him into a harness for walks, and once we're out he's scared of everyone and other dogs.

Last night while we were out there was a lovely woman with a gorgeous dachshund puppy that came over to talk to us. Ozzy was running away, thrashing around and dribbling pee everywhere and i didn't know how to deal with it :(

Anyone have any advice?
Feeling pretty low about this now.
 

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I just went through this last summer when my ChiChi was attacked out of nowhere by a huge GSD(which a mother was letting drag her kid around - go figure!)

He was TERRIFIED of people and dogs after that incident, and it's only taken until almost a year later that he's 98% back to normal.

Keep taking him for walks, don't make a big fuss or worry when you see another dog. If he acts ups, just stop, wait for him to relatively calm down and continue your walk.
Right now I would not try to shove him in another dogs face, as you want to try and build some confidence back through walking.

Try training him a little more inside and outside with distractions as well. Mental stimulation is tiring, and like walking, helps distinguish you as pack leader. Once you have his trust again, try taking him around calm submissive dogs you know a few times a week, if not for a little bit everyday to help bring him around.


Wishing the best for you two!
 

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I have the same problem! I often stay at my parents house, like 4 days a week and my chi loves being able to run arround off lead in the garden. A certain premiership footballer..I won't name names.... has a Rotweiler who is constantly comming int our garden and I'm affraid to let Feodore my chi into the garden. They have just put up a six foot fence but the dog jumps over it with absolute ease. The dogs bark at eachother and the rottweiler makes sudden movements and looks like he might snap at any time. It's becoming a real problem and the neighbours in question are italian who havent lived here long, and don't really understand when I try to explain that they have to keep their dog in their own garden. Aaaargh!
 

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Stacee, you are a great Chi Mom! It must be terrifying to have your little
Chi attacked. And, being the wonderful owner that you are, you want to
protect him from anything that threatens his safety or well-being. Try your
best to move beyond the bad experience and seek out safe places to take
Ozzy. If you relax and act confident, that will be communicated to Ozzy.
And, it may take some time for him to come back from this experience. If
there are any small dog play groups in your area, you may want to find one
for him. Just be sure it is well supervised. Ozzy needs to have some happy
experiences to put this all behind him. There are training methods as well.
Use a trainer if you can afford one. If not, there are tons of books, tv shows,
and advice here about helping Ozzy to regain his confidence. Good luck
with him and please keep us posted.
 

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Oh wow that must be so scary having a big dog barking and jumping around, and the worst thing is if the dog does not get into your garden there is nothing you can do about it.

I would stand in front of the fence where the big dog is so that it looks to Ozzy like you are protecting him. I dunno if this would help but its worth a try.

What are the neighbours like? Could you come to an arrangement where at a certain time they took their dog in so that Ozzy could go in his garden comfortably.
 

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Thankfully the other dog didn’t hurt him, (I had jumped in the middle) but he’s gotten such a fright the poor thing.
I’ve tried to just ignore any other dogs while walking, to show him that it isn’t a big deal, but the little dachshund yesterday was just sitting there and he was still frightened,
I didn’t know whether to ignore Ozzy being scared or not just because of the state he was in!
Then I was so worried about what I was doing I’m sure that the woman thought I was bonkers!


Thanks for the replies though, I suppose we've just got to keep on doing what we're doing!
 

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What are the neighbours like? Could you come to an arrangement where at a certain time they took their dog in so that Ozzy could go in his garden comfortably.

That's the worst part, when it happened she didn't do anything, I had to jump in between and haul her dog away and then take her round to her house!
She had saw everything that happened, and when she see's that Ozzy is out, she opens the door to let her dog out :confused:
I had a word and her answer was " X is a big softie, plus he's too stupid to know how to get over the fence" when cleary, he already had!
 

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Honestly, I would let her know that if it happens again AC will be called in to handle the situation since she clearly wants to take no responsibility for her dogs behavior
 

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I would speak to the owner once more and this time request she did not let her dog out when she knew you had Ozzy out unless she can stop her dog getting into your garden. The fact that the dog is getting into your garden is a big issue and not acceptable.

If she still does nothing I'd phone the authorities and say you feel threatened by the dog as it growls and barks.

Of course the last thing you want is a fall out with neighbours so hopefully she will see sense.
 

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well your neighbour needs to keep their dog under control. Don't know you but are you confident? I'd tell your neighbour they need to keep the dog in their garden and fence it in properly or you'll have to report them. If you're scared to do that get someone to do it for you.

I woudn't put up with having to sneak your dog out. How unfair. I have dogs on either side of me but I made sure my garden is all fenced in with high fences.

because he's been attacked he's now scared. Gradually introduce him to dogs you know to be gentle.
 

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I'd report her anyway.. its against the law for us not to control our dogs.. If she is puposely letting her dog out when yours is out then she's totally irresponsible if she knows that hers will scale a fence to get to yours!! I mean seriously!!! She is a mug.

Start again with him with socialising.. like you did when you first got him.. he'll get there eventually..

Im horrified by this woman btw
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone, unfortunately it looks like I'm going to have to take it further.

I had a quiet word again last night, but now she is blaming her children for leaving the door open.:foxes15:
We have a 6 foot fence already, and realistically, we can't put in a higher one to divide us ( I don't see why we should have to do all that to our expense anyway when we have a neighbor on the other side of us with a large dog who is completely fine!)

I sound like a right meanie, but I'm not blaming the dog at all, in fact I feel sorry for it.

Just hoping that Ozzy'll be fine after all this!
 

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Don't you have a local dog warden ? that could have a word with her and warn her ? It's a terrible thing for you to put up with.If not the council may help ?
 

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Thanks for the replies everyone, unfortunately it looks like I'm going to have to take it further.

I had a quiet word again last night, but now she is blaming her children for leaving the door open.:foxes15:
We have a 6 foot fence already, and realistically, we can't put in a higher one to divide us ( I don't see why we should have to do all that to our expense anyway when we have a neighbor on the other side of us with a large dog who is completely fine!)

I sound like a right meanie, but I'm not blaming the dog at all, in fact I feel sorry for it.

Just hoping that Ozzy'll be fine after all this!
I think you are right on for taking it further, if she won't control her dog then you need to find someone who will, in order to protect Ozzy and you are absolutely not a meanie!!!, you are being a responsible mommy.
 

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Poor Ozzy, thats terrible. My big dog was attahked by two yorkies once and backed her up three flights of stairs, ever since until the day she passed away she was terrified of little dogs. She weighed a good 60 pounds, but she was a love and very non confrontational. I hope every thing works out.
 

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Honestly, I would let her know that if it happens again AC will be called in to handle the situation since she clearly wants to take no responsibility for her dogs behavior
I couldn't agree more. I'm all for trying to keep the peace with the neighbors, but this is about the safety and mental well being of your chi. It's not acceptable for him to come into your yard uninvited. Period. I guess I would do as was already said and talk with her calmly but straight to the point. You will be getting animal control involved if she doesn't do something about it immediately.

As for the fear, I never baby my dog's when they are fearful. It can just reinforce the behavior. You have to be pack leader to Oz. It takes time and effort but your obviously a concerned little momma. You can do it!:)

Really though, I would have a fit if someone elses dog came into my yard and harrassed my dog's! You should not put up with it.
 
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