Well today was a very scary day. As some of you know I recently finished my fence. It is five feet high and has electric current running along the top and bottom of it. Well we have this dog next door who is just a mixed breed that took up over there. It is a female dog that the people next door have named "Boy". Well boy likes to come over into my yard and I used to tell the owner all the time that something bad was going to happen and he needed to keep "Boy" in his own yard. He has a fence and just leaves it open during the day when he is there. He runs a small engine repair buniness and has people coming in and out all day. Well we finished the fence and "Boy" clears it. She jumps right over it like it isn't even there. I got home from work today and let my dogs out and "Boy" came running over and leaped over the fence. This dog will not let me touch her. None of my dogs usually bother her but today "Ruby" (APBT) just snapped and went after her. "Boy" tried to run and make it back over the fence but "Ruby" caught her. I was screaming and all of my other dogs were hiding up on the porch because they thought they were in trouble. I ran back to were "Ruby" was and when I got up to her I screamed at her and she let go right away. Which was a good thing. I picked "Boy" up and ran next door with her. She was tore up pretty bad. I told the neighbor what happened and he said he would take her to the vet and apoligized to me for what happened. I came back home and just sat down on the porch to try and gather myself. "Ruby" came up wagging her tail like nothing at happened. I was so mad at her. She has the cutest little face and looked at me with them big expressive eyes of hers. I just ignored her because I didn't want her to feel how upset I was. Later tonight I let the dogs out again and everyone was playing. "Ruby" got alittle rough with "Heidi" (mutt). "Heidi" got really mad and growled very deeplyat her. "Ruby" submitted right away and rolled on her back. It is like she knows her place within our pack but doesn't tolerate an outsider. My ex-husband came down this past weekend with his dog and she was fine with him. I am thinking maybe she is okay as long as they are brought into the yard by us but not if they invade her yard. I am not really sure what caused the attack today but it does concern me quite a bit.
It sounds as if she was protecting what she views as her property as well as "her pack." I can imagine how scary that must have been for you. I worry all the time when I am in public with one of my dogs and a strange dogs approaches off leash. I have also had a neighbors dog come into my yard and attack my Pekingese and in turn attack me when I tried to get my little dog away. I live in the country on several acres of fenced land but I still have to worry about other peoples dogs coming onto my property! Grrrrrrr! Good Luck with Ruby. Bluebelle~APBT http://www.dogster.com/?75640 Punkin~APBT http://www.dogster.com/?75639 Fancy~Pekingese http://www.dogster.com/?75637 Pinky~APBT http://www.dogster.com/?75636 Molly~Kitty Cat http://www.catster.com/?78238
Scary! I had a neighbor whose dog would run into my yard and attack my dog while she was with me on a leash. This dog was much smaller than mine, and I was always afraid somebody was going to get hurt. I bought a cable and tied their dog to a tree in their yard. They had a fence but had a wooden playground right up against it so he just hopped right out. I told them that I couldn't walk my dog in my yard on a leash because of him and that I would do my best to avoid trouble but that if they did not want their dog hurt, they would keep him in their yard. They told me it was okay because they were taking him to the pound next week anyway; they were moving and the new house had white carpets and no fence. (this dog was kept outside at all times and barked incessantly.)
Both of my dogs (APBT) are the same way.Tigger and Piper don't mind dogs they know being on their property,but stange dogs ,they would do the same thing,go right after a strange dog. The dogs are being territorial. That dog doesn't live there,your nieghbor should keep a better eye on his dog.
that is pretty scary. i have been fortunae enough to have never experienced an encounter like that with any of mine or strange dogs. i think you are correct in assuming that if someone she knows brings a dog over she deems it okay. but not strangedogs coming over on their own. i am glad that everything turned out okay for the most part. and its really a good thing that your other dogs didn't join in. because that could have very easily have been the case.
As I said earlier, my son had a pit bull and she was the sweetest dog. She would let children come in our yard all day long, and I had other dogs that she played with. The only problem we ever had with her was one day a strange dog came into our yard. She was all over that dog. She was under a year old at the time. She did stop when my son told her "step back." That was what he would say to her when he wanted her to drop what she had.