My 5 yr old lab cooper was attacked by an unattended Japanese Akita yesterday, My Coop was on alead hes no malice in him ,never fought or shown aggression to another dog, he goes to a dog minder while I'm at work mixing with other dogs and they love him, I'm worried what this may do to him long term, hes now scared to go out, I dont want him to develop fear aggression, any advice please
No advice to give, but I am sorry this happened. The Akita's owners weren't around? Did you call animal control?
Dio (Best Bud since July 18th, 2009)
Kaity (Sweetheart since April 29th, 2012)
I hope you reported the dog to authorities! My nephew got off the school bus at about 8 yrs old. His neighbor had an akita that he was well acquainted with and had played with many times. The dog was on a leash in front of the neighbor's house. My nephew was heading home from the bus stop, stopped to pet the akita and it attacked him! The dog had his whole head in his mouth! He would have killed my nephew had he not rolled out of reach of the dog's lead. Other kids saw this, and ran and got my sister. She rushed him to the doctor and it took 20+ stiches to suture his head! I heard on the news shortly after that an Akita had attacked and killed a child somewhere else. So be sure to report the incident. I don't think the one incident will make your dog fearful, especially if he is used to being around other dogs. Take him to visit a dog he knows, see how he reacts.
Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo
Sophie 15 months, with Skye
Definitely don't baby him, (pot calling the kettle black here!), try to keep everything as normal as possible. As Pam said above, if you have a friend or family member with a dog Cooper is used to playing with, get them together ASAP in a calm, stress free setting and see how things go. If he shows fear, runs away, won't play, etc it would be a good idea to consult a dog behaviorist right away before the fear is really ingrained in him. I really hope that you called Animal Control right away before something really bad happens. Good luck.
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I am so sorry that this happened to your Cooper! Don't coddle him, and make sure he has fast interaction with dogs he knows and trusts and if you can arrange him to meet a new dog that you can verify is friendly and that will help him to not be wary of dogs he does not know.
If you know who owns that dog, I would contact animal control. A dog that is aggressive should not be allowed to roam free, unattended.
And I really hope this doesn't turn into an Akita bashing thread. Yes, they can be aggressive, if raised that way. Akita's are wonderful, smart, loyal and yes, friendly dogs when raised in a proper environment. I used to dogsit one.
For the record, one of the other dogs I used to take care of was a Rottweiler who was attacked by a Golden Retriever -- yes, the breed everyone thinks is the epitome of the perfect, friendly, docile family dog.
All dogs have the potential to become aggressive.
I agree with all of the above. When Bentley was attacked by a Pomeranian/spaniel mix, the next day I got him around a few other little dogs(a Cocker spaniel and two mix breeds) and also two pit bulls of my cousins to make sure he wasn't traumatized. he was fine but a little shy at first. I didn't coddle him but acted normal and encouraged him to meet them and praised him a lot when he was sniffing them and starting to play. So I would get him with a dog you know is good/calm with other dogs and see how he acts.
~It doesn't matter how smart the dog is,it matters how smart the owner is.
I agree with the other ladies. They read your emotions really clearly and they will sense your fear and that will not be benificial. Be confident when you take him out. Make sure that other dog has been dealt with. They can be very agressive. Have you had Cooper checked out by a vet or does he look fine. Jack was attacked a year ago by a 140 lb bull mastiff. It came running from out of nowhere and just attacked. Poor Jack is a lover not a fighter. It is too bad that this happens to nice dogs. He will be fine.
Judy and Jack
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