|08-13-2013 11:23 AM|
The hole's fixed, and I don't think the neighbor's dog plans on getting close to the fence...ever again.
Great info about grabbing them by their hind legs. I'll definitely remember that.
Also going to go back to class. Max has to understand that I'M THE BOSS!
|08-13-2013 10:31 AM|
BTW, I know you are going to fix the holes so the dogs can't interact any more.
But for future reference, the best way to break up a dog fight is to grab the back legs of the dog that's winning (your dog) and lift them up high in the air to pull swing him off the other dog. They can no longer get a purchase to keep pushing in and biting. Plus you are away from the teeth end of the bite.
Breaking Up a Dogfight | ASPCA
Though I will say, the fact he started the fight for no real reason then totally ignored you would be a concern. You may want to go back to dog classes for awhile just so he again learns you are his leader and he should be paying attention to you and not feel it's up to HIM to 'protect' and go nuts. If he knew you were in charge he wouldn't have started up something like this for no reason.
|08-13-2013 10:06 AM|
|Caitydid255||You're going to have to secure your fence to prevent the neighbor's dogs from visiting. After this attack, I personally wouldn't trust Max near the neighbor's dogs again. You don't know what triggered Max to attack, but for the safety of the other dog, and for Max's own safety, it's best to keep all parties separated from now on.|
|08-13-2013 09:02 AM|
|cliffson1||Your questions are based on people's reasoning, dogs don't reason like people. The dog may well have accepted the horse into the pack family and considered the neighbor dog a threat.....or there could have been other triggers. I would keep the other dog off your property and it will solve the issue.|
|08-13-2013 01:02 AM|
|nhstadt||My guess is because its a German SHEPHERD. Shepherds are dogs meant to herd and protect livestock (mainly sheep, but horses I guess too). My parents have horses and a donkey, the second my dog (Max, as well, BTW) gets out of my truck when I bring him over, he instantly runs over and starts circling the "herd",even though he has no training whatsoever.... that's my experience. Had an aussie shepherd growing up that naturally took to it as well, within a few months of trying, had her moving the animals around where we wanted via hand signals. Maybe you just have a natural herder on your hands and don't know it. I'd use it to your advantage when you need the horse moved to the barn and such if you can, it can be really helpful even with just a few animals.|
|08-13-2013 12:59 AM|
|llombardo||If it were me I wouldn't allow them to be near each other again. Sounds like his new friend is the horse and he has determined that he is the only one that can be by the horse.|
|08-13-2013 12:36 AM|
Help! My GSD attacked my neighbor's dog
I'm brand new to this forum...hunted it down, so I could try to find answers.
Max is 2 years old. He's always been playful with our neighbor's dogs. The 2 of them crawl under the fence, then run around and pee on all the trees with Max.
Yesterday, I got a horse. He's very gentle, and there weren't many issues with Max. This evening, I rode the horse with Max following...all went well. Then, my neighbor walked up to the fence, so I rode over, got off the horse and talked to him.
As always, his dogs slid under the fence and started sniffing around. When they started sniffing around the horse, Max went nuts and attacked one of them. It was the most horrible thing I've ever witnessed! He had him by the throat and wouldn't let go. Was shaking him and throwing him around. (This was a medium sized dog)
I couldn't get Max to stop. He ignored all commands and I even tried to pull him off. I ran to get the water hose, but somehow the neighbor had separated them by the time I got back. It was probably a good thing that I didn't see how he did this...
My question: Why? Max has known the neighbor's dogs since he was a puppy.
Why would he be so protective over a horse that just arrived on the scene a day ago?
Is there something I could have done to stop this?
Is this going to happen again?
Any advice would be welcome.