Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Pierre, South Dakota
Timeframe for the AC officer to show up. Well, based on my experience - the incident happened on Monday, the sheriff called me the next morning. Of course - the little dog's owner had filed a complaint. In your case,if the owners haven't filed a complaint and no humans were attacked (see - it could have been much worse), maybe they won't. But what was suggested to me by a co-worker when my Husky (of all dogs ) got a complaint for barking and I was worried, was to call or go down to the AC office as I did have a right to see the complaint and know the status. So rather than worry and picture the worse, you may want to do the same. You may be told it is a civil matter and no crime was committed but the AC have to investigate if there is a complaint. It don't know how it would work in your state.
On to retraining, since I've been there, I suggest you hold off on the prong collar and rethink your walking strategy. You and your dog are both under stress (which he is picking up from you - he probably can't understand why you are upset, but still senses that you are, and that upsets him). Take him in quiet places, even if you have to get up extra early. Hold the leash as Lilie suggested. Keep your distance from other dogs. Have him concentrate on you. I decided to try the harness first but with a training method which keeps you dog focused on you.(dogwalkinsync.com - there's a video on the website that explains the training method). When your dog is focused on you, he can't get into such unpleasant situations. When you see another dog, sharply turn, curve, go in different directions, with the leash held properly - he will have no choice but to follow and concentrate on you. Reward him for following you. Think positive - walking together side by side. And be sure to leave time for tug - I use 2 tugs attached to leashes. My dog waits on the down/stay while I go out about 20 ft. (in my fenced in backyard) -when I lower my hand - he dashes out to attack the tug I have scooted on the ground - he grabs it - I tug, then I drop it and scoot the other one (you'll find it's a great release for your stress and you dog's) - have a good game - then you give up - slink away like you're defeated - turn and praise him for being the winner. When he brings the tugs to you - reward and praise him. You're letting him satisfy his prey drive in a safe manner.
Sting Chance von Gaard AKC GSD 2/8/2006