So, I was walking Max around the block as usual. My neighbors that are around 6 houses down have a female boxer, and a female chi. The boxer is large, and often off leash. She is very intimidating, and struts toward you. I've never come across her that close because her owner normally controls her. NOT TODAY.
I walked past the house, and it was around 7pm, so it was getting dark. The woman was on the phone with the chi and boxer on her stoop with her, and I got freaked out because there was her boxer charging. As I went to pick up Max, the dog was in there, sniffing him. Roxy the boxer was growling, and then max yelped. I was too much of a coward to stick my hand in and grab him, it all happened so fast.
Max broke free from his collar, and leash. And ran, down the whole street. My heart was literally in my throat, he doesn't listen offleash, but I'm working on it. I was chasing him in tears yelling "Max come back", you have no idea how fast my heart was beating. He kept looking back but he was too scared to come to me, he was running lopsided from where the dog bit him. He ran into a bush, ran back out, and ended up on my front stoop. I am so glad he knew where "home" was. I was so afraid he would keep going, and a car would get him. I picked him up kissing and crying, it was so frightening for the both of us. I'm so surprised he ran home.
I told my mom and she started crying too, and the dog's owner came in apologizing, crying and gave me a big hug. She says her dog is friendly and a gentle giant and blah blah. I'm sure she's right, but the dog freaked out on Max, and there is such a size difference..
I think maybe the boxer was protecting the chi and the property, but leash your dogs! Just thought I would share, keep an eye on your pets. I don't want anyone to feel the pain in their hearts that I felt today. I was more scared than max.
And, Max is fine. He was in mild shock, but no cuts, I think the boxer just nipped him, but still. So glad I didn't lose my baby!
Sienna, not reaching in there to get your dog doesn't make you a coward. You aren't supposed to reach down into the middle of a dog fight, it could have ended up a lot worse! Good thing you DIDN'T reach down there, you could have had to get stitches or worse.
***Edited By: laredos_mom on 9/8/2006 9:17:21 PM*** Reason: x
OMG! Sienna.......I am beyond happy that Max is OK! Thank God! I would have been beyond scared as well. I am so glad he is OK, that poor little guy! I know this means lots of love from Momma tonight! Glad he is doing good........you did well in this frightening situation!
So glad you and Max are ok. Wonderful news that Max knew where home was and headed there.
Our trainers says to always make sure when you are training him to come when called that you use different volumes of your voice (ie: happy cute, scared half to death screaming). He needs to know that regardless of what your voice sounds like it is better to come back to you.
A lot of people train using a happy cute voice and most often when you need recall is when something, just like what happened to you today, occurs.
Give him some extra hugs tonight! I think you need some too!
Sienna, happy ut worked out well and that once loose from you and off leash, Max made it home safely.
Just a bit confused though, you said the boxer was sniffing Max, which ALL dogs do and that Max ran.
Later you say the Boxer nipped him and that he had a few scratches from the bushes. Are you certain that the Boxer did more than sniff him?
Maybe it was simply your fear of the boxer that Max felt through the leash causing him to break free and run?
If the boxer is in fact gentle and friendly (as most are), perhaps you can go down and get to know the dog so you're no longer afraid and Max will not feed off of your fear and uncertainity with the bigger dog?
Remember, there are LOTS of big dogs out there, most of them friendly and/or well controlled by their owners.
It will not be a happy experience if you both are wary of running into something bigger than Max (not hard to find since he's a toy breed) everytime you open the door to set out on a walk.
I mean, you don't live near Shiggs, so odds are very few of the dogs you run into will be dog on dog aggressive.
***Edited By: pyrmom on 9/9/2006 9:54:32 AM*** Reason: *
The dog came up to Max, and sniffed him. Then Max tried to run away because he was frightened, and then he picked up Max and nipped him, throwing him to the ground. He ripped his collar and that's when Max ran into the bush, then home.
Wow thats crazy. befor i read your last post I was thinking maby the sniff made him yelp. Sometimes when rocky (my boston) is being sniffed he will yelp out of the blue, and sometimes when he sniffs dogs they will yelp witch causes him to jump back (kinda funny hes such a baby) funnest thing is if hes sleeping you can pet him and all that but if yo udrop something very light (like paper) on him he will jump and start to cry like a rock had hit him in the face or something.
Im sorry to hear about your doggy problems. I glad your baby is ok and im happy she said sorry. I would have been a bit upset if she had not said anything at all.
I'm sorry you and the little man had such a scary experience. I honestly think it might be a really good idea for you to become aquainted with the Boxer though, so you, at least, are a bit more comfortable the next time you happen to cross paths.
Once again, glad there was no serious damage done!
Actually, it is against the law for her to have her dog unrestrained. The boxer was able to leave her property and she could not stop it. That means she did not have control of her dog. Simply having the dog in her yard is not controlling it. She does not need a leash (according to most leash laws) in her own yard but she does need to have control over her animals. If that were not the case then anyone of the irresponsible dog owners that simply opens their front door to let their dog out in the morning and roam the neighborhood can claim they were legally within their rights because they let the dog out in their own yards. I'm glad Max is ok and I hope there are no lingering memories to spoil his future walks.
Glad to hear Max is okay. Having small dogs, I know what you mean. You will probably need to avoid that area or get the Boxer acquainted to your dog. That may prove difficult though because I am sure Max wants no part of that dog.
We had a similar experience with a Weimaraner running down the sidewalk off lead and my husband got bit instead of our dog.
We also know of a house with a Rottweiler that is out front off lead every once in a while. We always look before going that way. One time, we did not see it and it ran across the street at us. Seemed to be friendly but we picked up our dogs just in case.
I carry Direct Stop which is a citronella spray. Have not used it yet so I am not sure how it works.
So glad Max is okay and knew to run home. For now, I would walk somewhere else and avoid the house.
arachyd, don't misunderstand me. I am NOT advocating this woman allow her dog to roam freely or anyone else for that matter.
I am merely trying to point out that there will be large dogs encountered on their walks and it might make Sienna, and thereby Max, more comfortable to have a bit of reassurance if she's more at ease with larger dogs.