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What to do if your Hav is attacked?

Lincoln and Scout's mini-Australian shepherd friend Shinobi was attacked tonight.

(Photos of them with their friend from a previous thread:

My friends were walking Shinobi. There was a lady across the street walking two dogs, and one of them broke loose when he saw Shinobi, ran towards him and started attacking. The lady screamed, "Pick him up!" to my friend, but it was too late. He and the lady were able to separate the dogs eventually, but Shinobi was bleeding, bitten and bruised. They took him to the vet and he will be okay. The attacking dog had a gentle leader on which helped to limit his ability to bite, otherwise who knows what would have happened.

I cannot imagine watching this happen to either of my babies. What is the best thing to do in a case like this? Do you grab the attacking dog? The victimized dog? Kick the attacker? There is never a hose in sight (you always read about spraying the dogs with water) when you need one.

I'd like to think through what I'd do if this happened since it would be hard to think clearly in a crisis.

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Oh, Jane, how awful! Poor Shinobi!! That woman shouldn' have her dogs out if she can't control them or they are aggressive!

There was a thread on here a couple weeks ago about this, and I think it was Meeko (or Meeka) that had some very interesting insight from herself, as she was raised in Alaska around sled dogs and some wild dogs.

I'm glad Shinobi will be okay physically, but bet he is nervous now around dogs like the one that attacked him. How sad!

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Jane, that's terrible and so sad. I'm glad the dog will be okay. I remember a thread, http://havaneseforum.com/showthread....ghlight=attack, where Meeka commented in post #18 about what to do if a dog attacks yours. She went into detail about how to pick up the attacking dog by one of the hind legs to get it to let go of the victim. I hope others have advice as well. What a scary thought!

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What a sad story - I am so glad that he will be ok, but I am sure he wont be too fond of other dogs for a while.
That really is something we all should sit down and practice in our heads as it could happen to any of us at any time! It would be interesting to see what one of our dogs dones, when they are rough housing with each other, if we pick up their hind leg. I may try it when the time is right and see what the dogs do.
Tell your friend that we are thinking of Shinobi and that he heals quickly!

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What a sad post. I'm glad that with some time Shinobi will heal, but may never be the same dog. I think just like humans being attacked, there is some fear that lingers. We had this happen years ago and I can tell you there was no way to get close enough to grab that vicious dog by the leg...and take a chance on getting attacked ourselves. It is something I think about and usually carry a small air horn in my pocket with the hope that it will startle a dog enough to turn away. I think it is better to have a plan...water gun..something that you can use because even good dogs can attack.

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Jane I'm glad to hear Shinobi is going to be physically OK.
I also know Oliver still hates the dog up the street that attacked him 4 years ago. I don't trust that dog or it's owner.That dog has attacked other dogs since and the owner always blames the other dog??????
I make sure they are now where around when we go out. I carry a small air horn when we walk

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I only had the one incident and my first thought would probably be to pick them up to get away but I do understand why that would be wrong. I had all 3 of mine on a walk and that dog charged out and I hit it the face. It just stunned him and he backed off. It was one of those things I didnt think about it, I just wanted to protect my babies and I couldn't pick up all 3.

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That is just awful Jane. I am so glad to hear Shinobi will be all right. I haven't taken Mochi out for a walk yet, but it's a good thing you are preparing yourself JIC. There are a lot of dogs my the neighborhood and I never even considered that one of them may attack. Thank you.

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Oh Jane, I'm so sorry to hear about Shinobi. I'm glad he will be okay. I can't imagine the fear that your friend went through.
I'll admit my heart pounded a bit when I saw the title of your thread and the fact that it was from you. I was scared to open it for fear something had happened to Lincoln or Scout.
It is just sad that we fear taking our dogs for walks these days. I know I never walk mine together anymore unless Steve is with me.


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Oh, that story really scared me. I wouldn't be able to pick my two up in the event of an attack.
Where could I buy a small air horn?

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