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    This is horrendus, poor little man!! I hope he is feeling better today!

    I would advise anyone with a suseptable breed like the Cavalier to get a really good book on canine body languadge.

    I read these sorts of books all the time and look out for all sorts of different signs from strange dogs to assess whether they will be friendly or not, aggression and too playful etc etc.

    There are a few that I have found tremendously helpful and I have managed on a few occasions to scoop my two out of danger and "touch wood" haven't been in a situation where they have been badly hurt-

    Mental scars are a whole other story and you need to do everything you can now so as not to have this affect him in to his future.

    You will probably find he will be very nervous around bigger dogs now for life.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_...+body+language

    The above book is expensive but a life long investment!!!

    I can spot an aggressive dog 9 times out of 10 with in seconds of seeing them these days and I also spot the over the top dogs that aren't a good play mate for such little and fragile doggies too!!!

    Ruby has very good "doggie language" and is forever sending signals to dogs when out and about but Charlie on the other hand has barely any!!

    Some dogs are great talkers and others aren't and its the ones that aren't that are the worry!

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    I have been wondering all day how Ben is coming along. Of course I am so sorry for what has happened to him.

    I am a hardliner about uncontrolled dogs I'm afraid. I would welcome a law which only allows trained obedience/Good Citizen Dogs to be off leash in any public place whatsoever. Anyone found in breach of this should be fined at least a thousand pounds or made to give up their dog. I don't believe there are many bad dogs, but bad owners are everywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ByFloSin View Post
    I have been wondering all day how Ben is coming along. Of course I am so sorry for what has happened to him.

    I am a hardliner about uncontrolled dogs I'm afraid. I would welcome a law which only allows trained obedience/Good Citizen Dogs to be off leash in any public place whatsoever. Anyone found in breach of this should be fined at least a thousand pounds or made to give up their dog. I don't believe there are many bad dogs, but bad owners are everywhere.
    I couldn't have said it better. It's not bad dogs, but bad owners. And I am in total agreement, that 98%of dogs need to be leashed......and if you can't control your dog, DON'T HAVE A DOG!

    When walking down the street I always put myself between Claire and a dog being walked. I know that Claire being a fairly fragile dog would be seriously injured by a medium sized dog. I on the other hand can SUE a stupid owner if I am bit or injured. Sounds tough, but I can't stand irresponsible pet owners.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mommytoClaire View Post
    I couldn't have said it better. It's not bad dogs, but bad owners. And I am in total agreement, that 98%of dogs need to be leashed......and if you can't control your dog, DON'T HAVE A DOG!

    When walking down the street I always put myself between Claire and a dog being walked. I know that Claire being a fairly fragile dog would be seriously injured by a medium sized dog. I on the other hand can SUE a stupid owner if I am bit or injured. Sounds tough, but I can't stand irresponsible pet owners.
    Agreed! I would much rather take the bite because at least I have a voice!

    I hope Ben is feeling better today! Both physically & mentally!
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    I agree with the above two posters. Jack has been bitten (emergency room 5 stiches bitten) by a supposedly friendly daschshund. Likewise, he has had little schitzus and other dogs growl at him for no reason other than walking by on a leash. Sometimes I think he is lacking the doggy languange or other times I wonder if it's because he is on so many meds for his CM/SM, maybe the other dogs sense something is off with him. Not sure but now no matter how friendly an owner says their dog is, unless I really know the dog, I always keep myself as a buffer between the two dogs. I figure I can have a lot more legal leg to stand on if I am injured and will less likely be seriously injured than if Jack is bitten.
    Owners also need to be more aware and in control of their dogs.I always blame the owners, never the dogs. I live in NYC and everyone walks their dog since nobody has yards. Many owners walk them on long retractable leashed completely disregarding that there dog is 10 feet ahead of them on a crowded sidewalk while their busy chatting away on their cell phone. Can you tell this is a huge pet peeve of mine?, LOL

    ANyway, I am glad Ben made it out ok and is eating/drinking some. Poor baby, he will need lots of TLC for a while.
    Cavies are such a sweet and sensitive breed.
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    TBH I think it's the other dogs. While sometimes a pack of 'friendly' dogs in a home have been known to attack a dog with SM --though have rarely heard of this with cavaliers; more common with breeds like Yorkies -- a dog meeting another dog in a friendly situation should not be attacking in that way! A lot of owners think they have 'friendly' dogs when actually they are not very pleasant or well socialised at all. Often they are termed 'friendly' because they are friendly with a circle of dogs they already know but this is not proper socialisation or general dog friendliness -- just friendliness within a small group.
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    I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope Ben is doing much better today.

    Sadly it seems as though this is somewhat of a common occurence.

    It happened to Benji when he was about 8 or 9 months old and he is now absolutely terrified of all other dogs, which makes walking him a little difficult. Not only did it scare him, he walked all the way home right next to me which he never does, but it scared me too. I now spend the majority of my time walking him looking out for other dogs because it means i have to put Benji on a short lead and coax him to keep walking otherwise he just stands there frozen to the spot.
    Proud momma of Benji. Born 15-8-10!!

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    Oh no! Poor Ben! I hope he's doing ok and feeling a better.

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    I hope Ben is feeling a bit better today. What an awful experience for you both
    Sue

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    I must agree with this Flo, it's a hard line to take, but people who have their dogs off-lead should be 'licensed' to do so. Really, if they have them off lead, they should be able to produce a license from their pockets saying they and their dog have been trained and the dog is a good citizen, etc. etc. But then, how would it be enforced and would it be abused? Best thing is to always be VIGILANT and always be prepared. As one other poster said, I would put myself between my dogs and another, because I would have more legal standing on getting hurt... and... most likely to survive (please God). I'm an overprotective mother anyway!

    We are all wondering about Ben, looking forward to an update soon.
    Desrae, guardian of two tri-coloured cavaliers, Belle 3 years old and Bobby 1 year/8 months.

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