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    I am really sorry. Poor Ben! It does make me very cross owners who do not keep their dogs under control. I hope he is feeling a bit better. Gentle hugs to Ben
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    so sorry to hear about ben being attacked hope he gets better soooooooooooooooooon

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    Thank you all for your kind words and advice, it is appreciated. Today Ben has made an improvement in his physical and in his mental state. He still spent the majority of the day squeezed tight under the settee but came out for chicken and came out into the garden of his own accord but just stood staring. His is still obviously quite sore and looks much older in appearance, the bite hole on his back has scabbed over and looks clean, he is on an anti-biotic medication and has an follow up appointment with the vet tomorrow. This evening he has been up beside me on the settee and is at present lying in the middle of the living room floor which is an obvious improvement.

    The episode has made me assess meeting large dogs and from now on I will be avoiding them and/or picking him up as well as carrying a heavy stick. I also realise that he was lucky not to have been killed, He is a medium sized Cavalier, weighs 11Kg and I cannot believe how so easily he was picked up and violently swung from side to side like a rag doll, his neck could have been so easily broken.
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    Thanks for the update, I have been thinking about Ben non stop. I hope each day he improves, it must have been so scary for him.

    I think your story has shown us all something, and at times, we all need little reminders to keep our dogs safe. Sometimes it is easy to slip into "every dog is cute and safe like mine", but it is just not true. I am good at the dog park, asking people with big dogs approaching "is your dog okay?", but I am not good at all on walks. I figure, oh, Brooky is on a lead, we are fine....but you have shown us that is not always the case and I am grateful you shared your story, as hard as it is for you to have gone through.

    We will be thinking about Ben on his recovery!

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    I'm so glad Ben is feeling a little better.

    People also need to be aware that having the dog in your arms is sometimes no help if the other dog is large, I have known a Cavalier attacked by a Great Dane even though it was being held by the owner.
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    An absolutely ghastly, horrific experience for you both. Glad he is gradually getting some confidence again and healing.
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    I don't think I could hit a dog with a stick. There are pepper sprays meant to use on attacking dogs. I don't know which would be worse for the dog, although a stick could turn a large dog lethal.

    Perhaps others could comment on their opinions sticks v pepper spray, cruelty/defense, and effectiveness, or other alternatives to use in an emergency.

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    Thanks for the update on Ben and I hope you are feeling better too. Any news on the police?


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    I'm really sorry to hear about the attack on Ben, and I'm relieved that he appears to be on the way to recovery. I know a little about how it feels to have this happen as one of my young Cavaliers was attacked and mauled and tossed in the air by an Alsatian when out with my husband. He just missed having his lung punctured, and both he and my husband were very badly shocked. My husband knew who owned the dog and was eventually in contact with our local police officer. The owner firstly denied any knowledge or responsibility but was finally persuaded to pay the cost of our vets bills (in the region of 100) by the police.

    We had a couple of friends with large (and gentle) dogs who helped Rowan regain much of his confidence, but the experience actually changed his whole happy attitude to life, and this still makes me so angry 13 years on... It also affected how my husband reacted to strange dogs as well - and he still doesn't really trust them.

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    There was a very interesting article in dogs today magazine a couple of months back about what to do if a dog attacks your dog and it was a great read and very helpful.

    The main point was to stay calm (easier said than done!!!) and not panic!

    It describes how to get the dog to let go with out them turning on you in the process. I've not tried it but basically, rather than go in to break the dogs up, you get hold of the attacking dogs back legs and pull them up towards you- like a wheelbarrow.

    You know the game you used to play as kiids where one kid holds the others back legs whilest you walk with your hands????

    Then once you have hold of the legs you swing the dog in an outward circle away from the dog being attacked

    You know if you have a small kid and you swing them round like a helicopter whilest holding under there arms....well like that but swinging whilest holding the back legs.

    The dog cant reach you- as they can't twist while you're moving it- and the shock factor of what you are doing makes them release any grip they have on the dog being attacked.

    Of course this is all just theory and most dog attacks are over very quickly so therefor wouldnt get the chance but if it goes on for more than a few seconds and it doesn't seem to be stopping then the above is the way to go.

    I also read about carrying a very strong stick and placing it under the attacking dogs collar and twisting????

    Petcorrecter sprays are available but im certain that most behaviourists will say that they aren't much good once an attack is under way but can be usefull to warn off an incoming dog!


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