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  •  My dog has been attacked, and I do a lot (11+ / 0-)

    of training.  Don't make assumptions; you can't know what the circumstances were. There are just too many irresponsible dog owners out there. We were lucky - the attacks against my dog were not as serious as the ones that Starbuck experienced, but they could have been.  And maybe saving this sweet, troubled dog is exactly what windisnow needs.  We can't know.  Hopefully, windisnow can get good training advice from someone who can see the dog and make an informed assessment.

    •  Thank you! (7+ / 0-)

      We took a dog that had become virtually unplaceable due to a number factors and brought her into our pack. We have and will continue to seek help because we do not give up on animals or children in our pack. Thank you for understanding that we didn't provoke any of the attacks.

    •  any dog reacts to being attacked without warning. (8+ / 0-)

      what is really troubling now is how many people take their dogs off leash without having control.  this is a disaster in the making.  

      i'm so sorry starbuck had to go through this - perhaps a bit of slow doggie socialization with a very gentle dog would help bring her confidence back.  she needs to know that not all dogs are a threat.

      as for those military noisemakers, well - i flinch, too, when i'm surprised by them.

      years ago, when i got tee, he was terrified of thunder and fireworks.  i couldn't stop the thunder - but for the fireworks, i took him to several "shows" in the bay area, enveloped his body with mine and turned his face toward the "pretty colored lights" and quietly explained how these were "people" playthings - and weren't they pretty!  it took some time, but he eventually identified the colors with the booms and stopped trying to desperately flee - he actually settled down in my arms.  he didn't like it, but he understood where the noise was coming from.

      why do that?  because dogs who are terrified of fireworks will sometimes bolt and run away - putting them in greater danger than having to endure a display.  most of my dogs ignored the shows - a few would bury their heads in the nearest lap and "ignore" them.  but none of my kids would try to "bolt" after the first few exposures.

      patience and love is the key - making her feel safe in your presence is what will bring her confidence out.  

      EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

      by edrie on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 03:42:26 PM PDT

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