My dog just got attacked – WWYD?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
15016 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You should report this to the authorities immediately. You’ll need to see the other dogs shot records too, if the dog cut the skin. This person is an idiot and shouldn’t own dogs if he has his dogs out like that. Uncontrolled is dangerous. Period.

Post # 3
512 posts
Busy bee

I wouldn’t report it yet.  I also wouldn’t avoid the area.  You have every right to be there.  I would just mention in a nice way next time you’re by there, that you would appreciate if he would keep his dogs on a leash when they’re in the front yard. 

Don’t get angry, that will just make matters worse.  Keep a calm head, and try to talk to him, and express your concerns about his dogs.


Post # 4
24457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

You need to report this dog.  This is a case of owners who are not able to control their dog, not a specific breed.  It is troubling that the dogs run outside and the owners have to chase them in every time that you pass by their house.

Post # 5
1131 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Report the dog. Suppose the next thing that sets off this unpredictable, aggressive dog of neglectful owners is a kid on a bike, or a lady pushing her baby in a stroller, or a jogger.

Post # 6
11 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

I’m so sorry this happened to your dog! This is a natural thing – even the best of dogs can just snap and have an issue sometimes. Especially dogs when you don’t know their history and the terrible things they may have been through. I would make sure you talk to the neighbor to make sure that his dog is up to date on all his vaccinations and also take your dog to the vet to assess for any injuries that you may not have noticed.

I’ve learned from personal experience that it is very important to learn how to read dogs body language. A lot of us who are dog people think they have this talent down, but dogs are more complex than most people realize and they are a lot DIFFERENT than people are in terms of the way they socialize. There are so many different things that can set a dog off: some are territorial, some are resource guarders, and you just never know. This is a really great article if you want to read more about this:

When my dog was attacked (by a family friend’s dog who she had played with a million times and always got along very well with, by the way) I was quick to blame the other dog. But I’ve realized since then that it really is no one’s “fault” necessarily and there are steps that every dog owner can take to help prevent it.

Also on another related note: if you are ever trying to get your dog out of a dog fight, do not put your hands in there to grab his/her collar. Grab both the dogs back legs and just keep backing away from the other dog(s). Hopefully the other dogs owner is also there to facilitate this with their own dog. This way you avoid getting bitten yourself.

I hope this helps! 🙂

Post # 7
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

if you own a dog, it should be constrained to its own yard. the fact that this dog bit another being (dog, child, adult) should be reported.

Post # 8
42135 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

As per the pp, it may not be anyone’s fault, (although I disagree- it’s the owner’s fault) but it still needs to be reported. Most municipalities have bylaws that dogs must not be loose on public property. The owner may need a reminder and it will be more effective coming from the city or the pound rather than from a neighbour.

God forbid the next time those dogs get out of the yard and decide to attack a small child walking with their parent.


Post # 9
2455 posts
Buzzing bee

You should report it because if your dog is bit and/or ends up having expensive vet bills from an infection or something the other dog owner will have to cover it.


I had something very similar happen with my little dog and he was bit by a loose German shephard. I was so worried he’d be traumatized. He was shaken and had bite holes in his skin. I took him to the vet to take the necessary precautions and I covered his wounds with a natural antibiotic (a tea tree oil salve) every night and sometimes throughout the day.

The first day he didn’t eat and just stayed in his crate (voluntarily, it’s his “safe space”) and I was so worried. But in a couple days he was happy, normal, eating, and back to barking like a maniac at neighborhood dogs. He completely went back to normal so I hope for the best with your little one!

Post # 10
885 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would absolutely report it. Not only for the sake of your dog’s safety (and your safety), but also for the sake of the safety of others. The owner should be paying better attention and chances are, this is not the first time this has happened with that dog. The owner should know what kind of behavior the dog is capable of and take precautions to avoid further incidences. Next time, it could be a young child that this dog goes after. And the outcome may not be as favorable. Good luck- that’s so scary. I can’t imagine how it would feel for my dog to be attacked like that.

Post # 11
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Firstly, how do you know it was pit/pit mix? It could be an American Bulldog, or lab mix that has a boxy face? Adding that into the conversation is not necessary. Secondly, I would talk to the owner first, but if I saw them off leash again I would report it. What people don’t realize is that sometimes dogs fight, it is normal for them to resolve conflict this way in the wild. Although we hope it doesn’t happen in our daily walks/life there isn’t necessarily anything “wrong” with the dog. It was likely protecting its territory in its mind. Also its hard to say what the exact cues were that set this off as you weren’t facing the dog when the initial incident took place. Thats having been said the owner is responsible for adequately controlling is animal. Perhaps he didn’t even think such a thing wuld ever occur. I am always keen to give people the benefit of the doubt to start and then escalate from there. Just my 2 cents! Good luck!


Post # 12
635 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016 - Ceremony and Reception: Historic mansion on the water

PolkaswithPitbulls:  THIS!  I totally agree with you.  

Post # 13
3623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

pinkshoes:  I totally feel for you, but given that you didn’t see what happened, I would let it slide. Here is what i have seen happen a lot– my dog is happily out doing its thing (on a leash, except if at the dog park). The dog is happy and the other (normally sweet, innocent looking dog that would never be able to attach my dog) gets a little agressive and/or playful and my dog goes into play mode. Play mode can quickly escalte into a dangerous situation based on how the other dog reacts.  Because you didn’t see everything to know exactly what your dog did or didn’t do, it is really hard to judge what happened. 

Regardless of what caused it, you need to prevent it from happening again. First, look into the laws. Is the dog allowed to be off leash on the owner’s property? If so, I would avoid that route with your dog. If they have to be on a leash, then I would talk to the owner about it, but I would frame it as “I feel reall intimidated with three off-leash dogs, can you please make sure your dog is on a leash from now on?”

FWIW, we have stick leash laws and our neighbors allow their cute mutts to run off leash. They are pretty good, but it causes problems when scared dogs walk by. The HOA talked to them and they now have long leads for the dogs to run on and it is rarely a problem.

Post # 14
980 posts
Busy bee

I think I would have to report it.

Also I’ve witnessed a terrifying dog fight where the dog just latched on and would not let go. The only way to stop it was to put a stick through it’s collar and hold it against its wind pipe breifly. Just another suggestion in case anyone ever needs it. 

Post # 15
567 posts
Busy bee

PolkaswithPitbulls:  she is likely assuming it is a pit based on it’s looks but either way this dog needs to be reported. honestly, if a dog is not 100% fenced in it should NEVER be off a leash. I agree a dog fight could occur at any time which is why proper fencing or leashing is always necessary and she should not wait until “next time”  

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