i have a one year mix hound/rhodesian ridgeback who loves to run and play with other dogs in the park. today he was running with another large male dog and was nipped in the side while they were running together. the "nip" turned out to be a big gouge out of his side which required surgery to stitch up. i didn't think the other dog was acting very aggressive but wonder if he is prone to being to rough. i showed his owner the wound on my dog but would like to give her advice if her dog may becoming too aggressive. ANY THOUGHTS/ADVICE on whether this is an accident that sometimes happens or if maybe her dog should be trained to be less aggressive when playing. the vet said sometimes a tooth gets snagged when their playing but this was a pretty nasty rip of flesh. any suggestions would be appreciated. really don't want to take away my dogs playtime becasue he loves it. but i don't want to risk him getting injured like this again. any suggestions for me as to how to teach my dog to avoid aggressive dogs. thanks
Dogs will be dogs and it is so very hard to understand them sometimes. What it looks like to me is that the other dog was trying to be "ALPHA", and was trying to set your dog in its place. I don't think there is a way to teach your dogs to be wary of agressive dogs...but there is a way to teach agressive dogs to be respectful...and that's through a behavior specialist (canine), followed by obedience training. Maybe you should suggest this person take her dog to be evaluated before allowing them to play together again. In the meantime... is it possible, for the safety of your pet, to temporarily find a different place for him to play? All the best,
What kind of dog was the other dog involved in this? My dog was once bitten on the back by another dog that was trying to chase him down and bowl him over in a dominance, he left a hole in my dog's back. I also think this is dominance related.