|(c) courtesy Barbara K.|
Even the Sweetest Dog
Can be Protective or Aggressive
While walking my two dogs today we were attacked out of nowhere by a vicious little Yorkie. My 60 pound setter is quite submissive and the attack was focused on her, while my Pomeranian mix just barked at them both to "stop it".
There was no contest between the two in the fight and my Irish girl was backing away and just defending herself, thank goodness. My question involves how to best manage two dogs when one is being attacked. I couldn't let go of the little one's leash or he would have gotten into it. It was tough to keep him separated from the other two.
Finally, the owner ran outside and scooped up her little terrier. She explained that her dog had been attacked as a puppy by a large dog and is now very aggressive toward any dog that is bigger than her. She called it 'little dog syndrome'.
She apologized and there was no harm done, but I hope you can give me with some tips on dealing with this whenever it happens again. That little terrier attacked completely without warning; we did not see her in advance. I did not have a chance to intervene and send her away. That has worked for me in the past but I did not get a chance to do it this time. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks to Barbara K. for providing the picture of Buddy, our cover model for today. Isn't he adorable? Barbara's hobby is taking photos of Buddy in various poses and costumes, but thank goodness he's not a terror.
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