Guest Smashley Posted July 25, 2015 Share Posted July 25, 2015 Hi all, Firstly thank-you to all the contributors for your advice and wisdom - I have been reading through the forum for a few months, since adopting our little girl, and feel so much more equipped to give her the best chance at success with the knowledge I have gained from you all I was hoping to never have to post some thing like this but yesterday I had a terrifying experience with Essie. Essie is a 2 1/2 year old girl who is extremely friendly and loving to all people she meets. Unfortunately, this does not seem to extend to other dogs. I had noticed that she was quite dominant when she met other dogs on walks, initially standing still with a wagging tail, but increasingly putting her head over their neck and nibbling (biting?) at the area behind their ears. Some dogs really got freaked out by this, squealing and falling to the ground. As a result I have kept her away from all dogs when walking, taking advice from others on this site to warn other dog owners that Essie can be a bit too rough! Yesterday however in an enclosed area with no other dogs I let her off her leash for a run. Unfortunately on the other side of the oval, a woman came in with her whippet who she also let off the leash. Essie sprinted for this dog like I have never seen her run and appeared to attack her, with the dog squealing loudly. Essie then continued to chase this dog, much to my horror and that of the whippets owner and chased this dog all the way out the park (the woman left the gate open) and across a busy street. I was almost hysterical, certain that Essie was going to kill this dog and/or be hit and killed by a car. I can't really express how horrible this moment was and how fearful I was. Thankfully, somehow both dogs made it across the street safely and the whippet was uninjured, except for an injured claw (which I imagine was from the panicked running). I am now terrified that my dog is at risk of hurting or even killing another dog. I WILL NOT be letting her off the leash again, I just feel I can't take the risk. My other fear is that we are currently introducing her to our cat and am worried that this behaviour signifies she will never be safe around him. Any advice/words of wisdom etc would be greatly appreciated. I know greyhounds are animals that respond to instinct but I feel so sad that Essie would hurt another dog (silly I know!) Thank-you all in advance Lisa Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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