summerep

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Hi guys,
I’m just looking for some advice really…
So last night I was out for a walk with my dog at our local field, out of nowhere a dog (French Bulldog) runs at Bear and attacks him. He grabbed him by his cheek and pinned him to the floor. I was with my dad who has grown up with dogs and almost confident that if a dog ever attacked Bear he could get him off of them. That wasn’t the case the dogs jaw locked and my poor boy was pinned to the ground screaming, my dad immediately shoved his fingers in this dogs mouth trying to open it and it wouldn’t budge. After what felt like forever of him being pinned I decided I needed to do something as my dad couldn’t get his mouth open so I shoved my fingers into this dogs mouth and dug my nails in to the roof of his mouth and it worked he got off of him. I know that I didn’t deal with it correctly but I’ve never been in that position before and to be honest I froze at first and didn’t know what to do. My dad is currently having an operation as we speak to have metal put in his finger as his finger is ruined. I have also been x-rayed as my finger has an incision and hurts quite bad it turns out my ligaments are damaged. Bears face was really swollen so we took him to the vets and turns out his wound is infected so he’s now on anti inflammatries and antibiotics.
Now the question is… if this happens again what do I do???
I couldn’t sleep last night literally kept replaying what happened in my head I’m devastated so I want to do anything possible to stop this from happening again.

Picture attached just to spread his cuteness lol.

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Manydogs

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The first thing you need to do is find the owner of the dog that attacked. Also call the police and make a report, as to what happened and description of the dog-breed and color. You also have to find the owner because you need to know if said dog had rabies shot. Owner of dog should pay all bills related to this attack. Find out if there are leash laws where you live. I am sorry this happened to all of you, That is so traumatic for everyone. Since that happened, you need to carry a "weapon". A stick that will not break, a skinny bat, even a tazer.
You need something to protect you and your dog, and anyone else who is along with you. Prayers for all of you. *Bea'rs cuteness is awesome!
 
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summerep

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The first thing you need to do is find the owner of the dog that attacked. Also call the police and make a report, as to what happened and description of the dog-breed and color. You also have to find the owner because you need to know if said dog had rabies shot. Owner of dog should pay all bills related to this attack. Find out if there are leash laws where you live. I am sorry this happened to all of you, That is so traumatic for everyone. Since that happened, you need to carry a "weapon". A stick that will not break, a skinny bat, even a tazer.
You need something to protect you and your dog, and anyone else who is along with you. Prayers for all of you. *Bea'rs cuteness is awesome!

Thank you so much for your advice! I will definitely take this all on board I can’t let this happen to my boy again! :’( the dog was off leash the person who I think was the owner stayed back and once their dog was off of him they both were no where to be seen. Sadly there was no cameras where we were :(
 

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The first thing you need to do is find the owner of the dog that attacked. Also call the police and make a report, as to what happened and description of the dog-breed and color. You also have to find the owner because you need to know if said dog had rabies shot. Owner of dog should pay all bills related to this attack. Find out if there are leash laws where you live. I am sorry this happened to all of you, That is so traumatic for everyone. Since that happened, you need to carry a "weapon". A stick that will not break, a skinny bat, even a tazer.
You need something to protect you and your dog, and anyone else who is along with you. Prayers for all of you. *Bea'rs cuteness is awesome!

Agree with all of the above. The owner of that dog should be held responsible. The good thing (if any), no rabies in the UK.
 

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Oh my… that is a horrible! I’m sending prayers to you and Dad, hoping you both heal up quickly.

It is very difficult to break up this type of attack, usually throwing water on them will help, but you’d need to be near hose or have a bucket. Walking, I’d do as Lynn suggested, carry a stick or tazer
I hate that you would need to do that, but it is for all your safety .


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Agree with all above… Find them owners asap. Start carrying a choker chain. Leave it in length wise in your pocket. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again but if it does, take the chain wrap it around that dogs neck, crisscross your hands n start choking that dog. Dog will have to let go to breathe. Btw, I never go to any dog parks. Years ago my German Shepherd got attacked as a pup 2x n I quit. A lot of owners can’t be bothered to keep an eye on their dogs. As my dog hit 2-3yrs old, he wanted to rip every dog he saw n he was a fully well trained GS. Older he got worse it went. It was just too scared in his head. Just simply avoid them places. Now that he got attacked, you’re going to need to socialize him so he doesn’t get afraid or attacks other dogs for no reason. Bring him to family and friends who has dogs n children… :yes:
 
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summerep

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Agree with all above… Find them owners asap. Start carrying a choker chain. Leave it in length wise in your pocket. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again but if it does, take the chain wrap it around that dogs neck, crisscross your hands n start choking that dog. Dog will have to let go to breathe. Btw, I never go to any dog parks. Years ago my German Shepherd got attacked as a pup 2x n I quit. A lot of owners can’t be bothered to keep an eye on their dogs. As my dog hit 2-3yrs old, he wanted to rip every dog he saw n he was a fully well trained GS. Older he got worse it went. It was just too scared in his head. Just simply avoid them places. Now that he got attacked, you’re going to need to socialize him so he doesn’t get afraid or attacks other dogs for no reason. Bring him to family and friends who has dogs n children… :yes:

Aw bless him that’s so sad! :( I took him out yesterday cos I wanted him to socialise again straight away as he’s only 6 months old and don’t want him to be afraid of other dogs. As funny as this may sound he’s such a sweet gentle boy and loves people and dogs I would have been quite shocked if he was to be scared of a dog. Although I know you can’t predict anything. Luckily he saw a dog yesterday and he was so excited to say hello and was absolutely fine with the dog so just going to carry on taking him out and socialising as usual with other dogs. Thanks for the tips :)
 

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Hi so glad to hear Bear is doing ok and not lost his love of dogs! :) and hope your father is ok!

We know exactly how terrible an experience this is, it happened with our first bulldog Dudley he was attacked while out with a dog walker by an American bulldog in a similar way.

It grabbed Dudley by the ear and would not let go, it took his owner all his strength to prise them apart while all the time Dudley was screaming.

As it happened we new the dog owner and he did pay for Dudleys vet treatment.

Its hard to think straight at the time but i have since watched Youtube videos of how to break them up, you grab the attacking dog by its collar and twist which chokes the dog making him let go!

The hardest part now is for you to try not to be nervous if other dogs approach Bear, i would do this with Dudley he would pick up on it and then go into defensive mode just making the whole thing worse! :fie:
 

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Good to hear your boy is ok, and hopefully you and your dad too. It is really scary to see your dog being attacked like that, but as others have said, report to the police and if the other dog's owner si to be found, make sure they (or their insurance company) pays for any costs you have.
 

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I'm so very sorry about what happened to you... I agree that finding the owner would be a good start.

My dog trainer told me to break up a dog fight grab the back legs of the aggressive dog, and pull them away from the other dog. I have never had to do this, but at least it will reduce your chances of getting bit.
 

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I am so very, very sorry for what you, your Dad, and especially Bear have gone through. I am with everyone else, find this owner and make he or she pay for ALL MEDICAL EXPENSES. So very irresponsible of the dogs owner. I offer prayers for a speedy and complete recovery for you all !!!

Sue and Joey
 

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Aw bless him that’s so sad! :( I took him out yesterday cos I wanted him to socialise again straight away as he’s only 6 months old and don’t want him to be afraid of other dogs. As funny as this may sound he’s such a sweet gentle boy and loves people and dogs I would have been quite shocked if he was to be scared of a dog. Although I know you can’t predict anything. Luckily he saw a dog yesterday and he was so excited to say hello and was absolutely fine with the dog so just going to carry on taking him out and socialising as usual with other dogs. Thanks for the tips :)

Good to hear. But do carry something with you. Sometimes the other dog don’t necessarily have a collar for you to grab, pull, twist so they can let go. I’ve done the grab back leg trick once like mentioned which usually works well, but that dog twisted his body n snapped at me. Putting your hands in a dog fight is risky. Dog owners will still get into a dog fight to save their dogs. It’s a normal reaction. Hope your dad is doing better :)
 

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A cousin who used to breed show dogs told me to always carry pepper with me and give a good shake on the nose as best you can. They can't fight if they are sneezing!

I have never tried this method so cannot say if it works or not. Just thought I would throw it out there!
 

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I am SO sorry this happened !!! I hope your sweet Bear, you, and your Dad will heal
well without any problems or severe pain !!! That must have been so terrifying !!!
Please tell that my doggies and I think he's adora-bull, and we're sending gentle (( hugs ))

Happened once with us at a dog park...horrifying to see an extra large doc with
half of our Meaty's face in his jaws! My hubbs was able to free our poor guy, but it
was so scary, and hubbs close to being badly injured himself.
 

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My only thought is grab the dog by the skin flaps in the top front of the thighs. Dogs hate that. You do risk them turning on you but you are in a good position to turn them on their back and make them submit. Hope I never have to try that one.
 

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