Stray attack = suddenly aggressive corgi

5/22/12 A couple of weeks ago (right after we got Dante), Pippa and Dante got attacked by a stray dog on one of our walks. Dante was so scared that he couldn't move, and even peed himself. Pippa seemed to think she was protecting both me and Dante. Ever since then, Pippa has been very confrontational with other dogs. Even when trying to play, she is overly rough and bites/growls more than she used to. During our last walk before bedtime last night, another dog came running straight for us, and Pippa ended up being the first one to try and bite! Dante just panics and tries to run away, but Pippa drags him right into the middle of things now. My husband ended up having to drag the dog off of ours, and took it back to it's house while I had to fight just to keep Pippa from chasing after him. Luckily, nobody got hurt, but Pippa does have a slight bald patch now :/

She very much acts like she thinks she's an Alpha when she's around other dogs, and is pretty rude as far as dogs go, lol. She is bad about jumping and barks at everything. She has one of those bone-rattling barks, too. Dante is the complete opposite, thank goodness!We are starting to work on her "manners", and trying to get this aggression in line. My neighbor's dog has a similar attitude, so we've been going to the playground, and slowly getting the dogs closer to each other each visit.  I really want to take her to play with other dogs, but we have to get her 'tude under control first :( That, and find a new dog walking route, apparently...

6/8/12 UPDATE: last night, she completely ignored the loose dogs!! No growling, snapping, barking, or even pulling! It looks like ive finally found something that works! Dante didnt do as well, so im going to start working with him now.

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Comment by Rachael McClanahan on May 23, 2012 at 11:32pm

We had a little bit of progress today!! A dog came up to our fence earlier, and I did notice a distinct stare down. As soon as she did it, I told her to play nice, in a happy tone. When she started to bark, I gave her calm down command and she backed off just enough-she was still barking like crazy, but it looked so much more playful! It was just a "hey, hey, hey! Come play with me" bark, no growling at all :) Maybe we will get there sooner!

Comment by Bev Levy on May 23, 2012 at 8:07am

Loose dogs make this so difficult! It sounds like walks in your neighborhood aren't safe. Classes may help but once the attack has happened it becomes very difficult to change this. Hope the trainer can help you! I use treats when I see another dog coming at us since our doberman is very reactive to other dogs when leashed . I also only use an 8 foot leash on her instead of  the kind that gets longer. I would definitely not attach your two dogs together because the one that is afraid is in the most danger.

Comment by Ellen Andersen on May 22, 2012 at 9:12pm

Rachael, I have the same issue with one of mine and I've been going to a trainer.  We've had three sessions so far and it's been a HUGE help.  Good luck with Pippa!

Comment by Rachael McClanahan on May 22, 2012 at 8:11pm

One of our friends is actually a dog trainer, and I'm working on getting her enrolled soon. I have a feeling that part of the problem is all the loose dogs in the area. In a 5 block radius, only 2 other homes actually keep their dogs inside or in a fence. The rest are unrestrained and are extremely confrontational :( I hope finding a new walking route will reduce that daily exposure to aggression as well (if that makes sense?). Thanks for the tip on the "stare". I will definitely watch for it!

Comment by Jane Christensen on May 22, 2012 at 7:39pm

Classes are great and also "look" for the signs...many dogs will start with a "stare' before they attack...that will be a sign that you need to get her to "look at me" or walk her the other directio.

Comment by Chris, Kadi & Brodie on May 22, 2012 at 5:29pm

Definitely suggest a class. It will also put her in a group of other dogs to help her learn they don't all attack.

Comment by Chris West on May 22, 2012 at 3:48pm

Have you taken Pippa to any obedience classes?  They are not just for teaching dogs things, they can be very helpful in teaching you how to deal with your dog's behavior.  The instructors usually have a lot of useful information about things you can do to help change your dog's attitude.

Comment by Natalie, Lance &Tucker on May 22, 2012 at 3:06pm

So sorry to hear this happened to you!!! This is one of my biggest fears when walking lance and tucker!! 

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