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Tips to Use if Your Dog is Attacked While Dog Walking
Nothing is more painful than waking up with your dog and going for a nice walk in the morning but only to be attacked by a stray dog or an unsecured dog. Most of the times these unprovoked dog attacks can lead to maiming of the animal or even death of the dog which is being attacked. Dog owners know well the horror of seeing their dogs being mauled by another dog and unable to do anything about it. In most of these dog attack cases, it is the large dogs who often attack the smaller dogs. Here are a few pointers I have gathered from my own experience, other peoples experience and just simple watching many videos of dog attacking dogs while being walked by their owners.
What To Do if Your Dog is Being Attacked
1. Scope the Walk Zone
I always tell people prevention is better than cure. Before you decide on walking your dog, scope out the community and neighborhood for about a week. Get to know the streets a little and see if there are stray animals roaming the streets. Ascertain who has dogs nearby and how these dogs are curtailed. Dog owners should have proper retention areas to prevent their dogs from jumping or breaking down weak fences to attack people or other dogs. You cannot predict all eventualities because a stray dog may pop up from nowhere or a owner did not leash his dog and left the gates open etc. But you can still mitigate against the odds by knowing the surroundings.
2. Release the Leash
Many times when dogs are being attacked by other dogs, the leash helps to keep the other dog which is being attacked in a useless position. The attacking dog is has free flow movement while the owner holds the leash with the dog being attacked to restrict natural defensive instincts. If your dog is being mauled, release the leash so your dog can either run away or have a fighting chance. Once you let go off the leash, you can assist your dog by doing anything possible for the attacking dog to back off.
3. Always have a dog whistle
A dog whistle can be the key to you saving your dog’s life against a dog attack or your dog being mailed to death by the attacking dog. Dogs can ear frequencies of a higher range which human ears are unable to. Dogs typically can detect sounds between 67-45,000 Hz, while humans can detect sounds between 64-23,000. In the upper frequencies of a dog's hearing range, the sounds can cause a dog irritation and discomfort. If your dog is being attacked and you have a high frequency dog whistle, chances are you can stop or break up this attack by blowing this whistle. You will cause some discomfort for your own dog, but you may have just saved your dog’s life.
4. Pick up Your Dog and Run to a Safe Area.
If you can see the danger approaching, meaning dog(s) running towards, and can react within a specific time as to not hurt yourself or your dog. You should pick up the dog before the impending danger reaches and secure yourself and your dog in a safe area such as a restaurant, a store or even in someone’s yard. I wouldn’t advise you to try and pick up the dog while it is being attacked if you fear for your own self being attacked by doing so.
5. Get Help
If your dog is being attacked by another dog, Shout for help and get as much person as possible to help you. If several persons who are not afraid of dogs form a tight circle around the animals. What this helps to do is limit the space for movement of the dog doing the attack. It may prevent the dog from flashing the small dog back and forth which does sometimes does way more damage than a bite. The back and forth flashing can rip internal organs and break a lot of bones in your small dog. If there is a collar on the dog which is doing the attack, grab the collar and restrain the dog’s head movement.
6. Hit the Darn Dog
Don’t be afraid to hit the other dog doing the attack, especially if you see that your dog is on the brink of dying because of a throat hold or anything else. Get whatever you can to hit the attacking dog until it releases your dog and runs away.
Take Your Dog To The Nearest Vet Immediately
After the melee, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian so the animal can be accessed for damages. There can be major injuries to the animal such as internal organ and tissue damage and broken limbs. Some dogs will require surgery to help correct injuries ascertained during the ordeal. After you rush your pet to the hospital, get in touch with the owner of the dog so that the right agreement will be made between both parties.
Mental State of Your Dog After Attack
I have seen where a small Shih-Tzu was mauled by another neighbors dog. They took the dog to the vet and passed all test as not being severely inured. Just a few bite marks and scrapes. But the dog however went into a depressive state after the attack and simply never came back to being the spunky happy little dog it was. The dog stopped eating, would lay around all day and simply was in no mood to do anything. They took the dog several times to the vet and other vets from outside the community and non found anything physically wrong with the animal. The dog later died from what dog psychiatrist call doggy depression. The dogs mind simply could not move pass the ordeal and it's mind began to shutdown it's body. leading to death. You should monitor your dog after all physical healing and ensure that your dog's mind has returned naturally.
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