Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Why it Can Cause Severe Dog Aggression in Dogs

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I just had a question from a reader that I, unfortunately, get fairly frequently about dogs that develop severe dog aggression after a dog attack and how to work through that.

It is sad that this happens and that both owners and dogs then have to deal with the aftermath, but the aggression that often results is not an easy behavior to fix.

Imagine if the same sort of thing happened to you.

There you are our shopping at your favorite store; minding your own business when someone dressed in black comes up with a gun to mug you and threatens to kill you before punching you in the face or cutting you.

Depending on the damage depends on whether you need to go to the hospital to be stitched up or not; but clearly this would be a terrifying ordeal.

The next time you go out you might have a panic attack.  It may also take you a while to have a desire to go out of the house at all!

And, once you conquer that fear or agoraphobia then how are you going to feel if you see someone dressed in black, or someone in black approaches you?

Would you take firearms classes and arm yourself with a gun?

Would you take self defense classes?

Would you need medication to be able to deal with the anxiety the situation created?

Or would you be completely okay to go back out and have no fears or anxiety if the same situation started to happen again?

I Can Tell You I Would Suffer From Anxiety

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I can say pretty clearly, that I would have anxiety issues.

Last year I was threatened by a business owner and was in need of an emergency restraining order.  I dealt with that pretty well, I thought, I contacted some police friends of mine for advice and I was pretty comfortable knowing I had “attack dogs” at home to keep me safe.

BUT….

But, when I had to go to court it seems someone broke into my detached garage was broken into and trashed.  Motorcycles were turned over and beaten with a bat or something that dented them all and I didn’t even find the awfulness until the next day because I didn’t park in my garage after my court case.

I was in shock when I rounded the corner, turned on the light and saw the total devastation (my husband was out of town).  I turned right back around and called the police.

In my opinion, if I had not left my dog out loose in the house (she is a wonderful and scary guard dog) they would have broken into the house.  I thank my girlie for keeping them out of the house so the devastation was reserved only to the garage.

I’m a pretty tough girl, I played tackle football with the older boys in high school, I get into a dog bite suit and take bites from attack and police dogs, and for the most part I am pretty well adjusted.

But having my garage broken into (even though I am sure I was gone)and being threatened with physical harm was a little traumatizing.   I didn’t even technically get attacked.  I had trouble having the desire to leave the house, and I had difficulty sleeping for a while.

Now Imagine How Your Dog Feels

Most dogs don’t get a lot of dog/dog interaction on a regular basis, so they don’t even have that “warm happy dog communication” feeling to fall back on when something bad happens.

Instead they tend to generalize, one dog was bad = all dogs are bad.  One fuzzy dog, black dog, big dog/ small dog whatever the dog looked like tends to get lumped into the same category and the dog gets defensive on site.

So when the dog sees another dog that is similar (or any other dog) he thinks the best offensive is a good defense.  He learns to get aggressive in an attempt to scare the other dog from interacting.

Sometimes this is effective.  Some dogs see a very aggressive display and want to back away or hide, or slink past as a means to avoid confrontation.

And, then there are the dogs that when met with a vocal and physical display of aggression retaliates and want to engage in a fight.

Think back to human interaction.  For the most part, I am a very non-confrontational person.  You could yell obscenities at me from across the road and I will look away, turn away, or probably not engage you at all.

But, I have a friend who is very confrontational.  If you were to shout obscenities at him or challenge him in any way; you would have a very physical fight on your hands.  Different people behave differently, just like different dogs behave differently.  Some are non-confrontational, happy go lucky, or very territorial or dominant when challenged.

Although it Seems Like Blatant Aggression

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Although it seems like blatant aggression on the part of the dog who has been attacked or is suffering from PTSD, the truth is it is a severe fear and a desire for avoidance that is causing the aggression.

What Can You Do?

Before It Happens

Be very careful letting your dog play or interact with other dogs, especially those you don’t know.  All it takes is a fraction of a second of a poor choice and you can have a traumatized dog.

When my dogs are young, I only let them play with dogs that I know and am very aware of how they play, with a variety of dogs.

As I watch my dogs grow and play I become used to what kinds of dogs they enjoy playing with; and if they enjoy playing with all dogs or only some.  I don’t allow my dominant dogs to play with other dogs freely or in dog parks because I cannot control that environment.

Dog parks can be very scary places if you don’t have an excessively submissive player with all other dogs.

After It Happens

Unfortunately we can’t control all situations all the time, and sometimes dogs get into dog fights and our dogs can be attacked on walks and once something traumatizing has happened we can’t go back in time and un-do it.

So we are left trying to constantly combat the environment and desensitize our dogs.

Some dogs desensitize easily with very little work and only a few controlled sessions with good dogs; others can take months or years to properly desensitize and still they may never be the same or ever trust dogs again.

If Your Dog is Stressed to the Point of PTSD

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If your dog can’t function around other dogs you have to let him work at his own pace.  If you stress him or put him too close to his triggers you are going to make the problem worse.

Dogs like this need to work at a distance that is comfortable for them, where they are not bothered by other dogs.  They also need to be very good at obedience.

If your dog is not normally obedient, then he is going to find it difficult if not impossible to listen to you under the distraction of other dogs, especially if he is scared.  Obedience can help a stressed dog feel more confident.  For help with your obedience click here for our store.

He needs help with desensitization and to understand more about Desensitization click here.

Dogs with severe anxiety need to work at their own pace, we can’t force them to work on our timeline.  Understand you are in this for the long haul, that may take weeks, months or years to learn to control and may never be a behavior that is changed completely.

Instead of letting my dogs get aggressive or stare I teach them to give me eye contact and focus (for how to teach your dog eye contact and focus click here) by getting your dog to give you obedience and behaviors on command you can avoid the aggression and bad behaviors that he has defaulted to show you!

Be patient!  Imagine your worst fear (Spiders, Heights, Claustrophobia, etc.) now imagine having to deal with it… it might take you some time and you might need to rely on the patience of someone who can help you work through it.

It helps to understand your dog and put yourself in his paws, sometimes!  It helps us rethink and see things as he does, and also help him to overcome his fears, because avoiding them is not a solution either!

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Comments

  1. Jody says:

    My JRT is smart and knows many commands. However, he is 15, almost blind, and has a little hearing problem. I don’t know how to give him a command because I don’t think he hears me well enough. He used to know so many words and it is hard to get him to know what I want at this time. Any suggestions about how to communicate with a dog who is blind and deaf?

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    Minette Reply:

    You can get a collar that just vibrates and pair the vibration with the treat like a clicker.

    Then you can reward behaviors he shows and use your hands to show him what you want.

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  2. These are great tips for avoiding traumatic situations, and dealing with your pet’s PTSD. Thanks for a great article!

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  3. Susan Wilde says:

    I have re-homed a 9 month old labradoodle. He has been very stressed and has become a Jekyll/Hyde dog. Some times nice and other times barking a growling, not at anything at times. Just a deep growl and bark, like he hears something out side but there isn’t anything there. He was a bit bossy with the older couple who raised him but never nervous or aggressive. The woman and her 7 year old who adopted him have given him up to a couple who don’t have children and have a very calm dog. He has been there one day with the same behaviors. He is going for a complete vet exam today. His ears have a bit of infection and he has a sore on his shoulder that no one every noticed. Any ideas for helping him adjust to a new home would be great.

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    Carol Reply:

    Hi Susan,
    It appears to me after reading your post about your dog you have re-homed a couple of things are going on here. One he has to get use to a new environment. When introducing a dog to a new place there are steps to take to help your dog adjust to its new surroundings. At first you should introduce your dog outside to its area. Walk the dog around the neighborhood, let him smell the earth where others have marked their scents. Let him do the same. The walk should be at least 30 minutes. Then you should have brought him in your home(maybe you did this). Then you never let the dog have the run of the house when he is new to your home. It is one room at a time and it is advisable he knows the crate. The crate is a great place for security, never for punishment. Also, I see where you indicated where he has become very stressed by barking and growling. The dog is telling you he is in pain. They do this when they hurt, it is there way of letting you know something is wrong. As you mentioned his ears are infected and has a sore on his shoulder. He does not know how to tell you any other way he is hurting. Once he has his check-up and gets to where he is out of pain it is time for some ground work in training with him. I advise you get a trainer and you will have a wonderful dog! Good luck! Carol

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  4. Annonymous says:

    My dog was attacked by the neighbors dogs while we were walking, and this was about two years ago. She never showed any aggression towards other dogs, but the neighbors constantly leave out their dogs and now have a fence, but they bark at every dog through the fence. My dog will not even walk past the neighbors house, and will freak out if I try and walk her past. Any advice on how to get her to walk by their house again? It’s very out of the way to go around, and my other dogs are completely fine walking by this house.

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    Minette Reply:

    I would put myself in my dog’s shoes and the terror she must feel. You can begin to work on it with treats and praise and toys, but it may take you months for her to feel comfortable to walk by.

    i would not drag her past, let her work it through on her own and if it takes 9 months, then just be patient

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    Judith Reply:

    If you wanted to insist walking past the property with the aggressive dog barking, put yourself on the fence side and let your dog walk on the outside of you so your dog knows you have her back (or side in this instance). Or better yet walk another route.

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  5. Dori says:

    When my (now 9 month old) shep/malamute pup was 10 weeks old, my 8 year old female GSD attacked him. She had no tolerance for those puppy needle teeth and he was on the stoop, eye level, when he nipped her the wrong way and she responded with a snarling and biting attack that left him bloody and screaming. He had 2 gashes below the eye, a puncture wound under the chin, which swelled up and I was later told that it was probably a slight fracture of the lower jaw. His upper palate was also broken and two front teeth were pulled then the roof of his mouth tacked back together with a few stitches. I was devestated, it was the end of his first week in our home and then I had to keep them seperated for months. Thank god, they get along well now and play very nicely. I am worried about introducing him to other dogs. I took him to the inlaws to meet their dog, who is our girls best pal- very submissive in play with her and sis-inlaws female, but he growled at my guy before he got on the 2nd porch step, and my pup had his hackles up (not sure which came 1st) so back in the car he went. I haven’t tried again, and after reading this, I don’t know that I should. What do you think? Should I try to intro to other dogs, how, what signs should I look for that indicate he may be dog aggressive?

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    Minette Reply:

    I never try to force my dogs to do things that they don’t want to do, because ultimately they may bite without warning.

    Instead I teach them to overcome their issues by giving me obedience and eye contact and focus, this way they can ignore everything else and pay attention to me instead.

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  6. jack says:

    I rescued a young male Malinois that may have experienced some trauma during his time on the streets. He is a really friendly, happy, playful dog that never fights with others and is friendly with new people. His only problem, and it’s a BIG one, is when anyone approaches our house. Especially delivery men, (mail, UPS, FEDEX), that’s when he totally goes Jekyll & Hyde. Even though he is behind the backyard fence, they sometimes just throw the packages up the driveway and run back to the truck. If he ever got out during a delivery I would be in deep kimchi.

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  7. elvira walker says:

    I have a mini schnauzer that reacts violently to any other dog that we may pass. She jumps up in the air, and barks this high pitched screech. She is not violent, but, this is her reaction to other dogs that pass by while walking. I used to take her to a doggie park, but, she would did not like other dogs trying to hump her. She would either hide under the bench or growl and get angry. On one of our walks one day, she and another much larger dog got into a fight. The other owner and I had to separate them. She was pulled down by her dog, because he was large and strong. Once I got his teeth out of my dogs neck, I grabbed her and ran. I don’t know if this has anything to do with her aggressiveness towards other dogs and the people with them, but it happens all of the time. Zygi is now ten years old, and I have never beat her, so I do not know what to do with this behaviour.

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  8. Kathy says:

    My Cocker is three and is usually pretty good, but he was in the house when one of his mom as pasted away. He was put in the spare room for when the ambulance came. He freaks out now if he hears a siren and has started to go potty in the house. I have bells and if I tell him to ring the bell if you have to go he will go and ring the bell I tell him good boy and take him out. We play ball a lot and I think sometimes if I don’t give him attention or get busy doing something else he wets. Almost as if he is trying to tell me look at me or else. He goes into the cage if he does, but I think he likes his cage. Any advice? He has separation anxiety and don’t know what I can do to help him not pee in the house. Thanks, Kathy

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  9. Lynn Barkema says:

    I had a chihuahua/beagle mix, who was normally pretty good with other dogs. However, once we took her to Pet Smart for a bath and toenails clipped and so on. The waiting room was a very small room, and a gentleman cme in with a very large,

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  10. Lynn Barkema says:

    I had a chihuahua/beagle mix, who was normally pretty good with other dogs. However, once we took her to Pet Smart for a bath and toenails clipped and so on. The waiting room was a very small room, and a gentleman came in with a very large, VERY well trained Rottweiler, who sat very still and quiet beside his owner, but for some reason Libby just had a fit barking at him, even though he was about 4 times her size. We couldn’t help but laugh because he just looked down at her with an expression that said, “Woman have you lost your mind??” I( wish we could have gotten her that well trained.

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  11. Jan says:

    I had a dog who was friendly and happy until the day she was attacked, without provocation, by an off-leash dog. For the last 8 years of her life, she was dog-aggressive with every dog except her “brother,” despite our work with her. Over those years, walks were always a struggle because other people’s off-leash dogs would come up and trigger her. When I told people to keep their dogs away, they would say, “Oh MY dog’s friendly, what’s wrong with yours?” and I’d reply, “She was viciously attacked by a dog whose owner thought it was too good to be on a leash.” No dog is too good to be on a leash!

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    kelly Reply:

    my dog wasattacked as well on awalk by someone whose chose to not put a leashon the dog,it was so scary,i was hurt bad,and i though my dog was gomma kill the other dog because it was a lot bigger,i had to go to the hospitl,etcmy dog and tht dog see each other and they hat each other now.so many times since in my apts ive had peple dog come at us and it brings bk tht awful day,i think we both have ptsd.why doesthese close calls kephapp ? im so scared its gonna happen again.ive prayed r got my dog away fast,r different things,ugh help ,i dont get why others let there dogs off the leash in a apt with a bunch of dogs..

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  12. Nita says:

    My dog was attacked by 2 coyotes while standing 20 feet away from me. It was very traumatic for her. The only thing that saved her was obedience and speed. She came as soon as I called her and she was lightening fast. After the event she was terrified of all other dogs and our vet who patched her up. We live in an area where we can walk our dogs off leash and when she would see another dog she would want to charge and attack. Again obedience save us. When I would see another dog I would call her and put her on leash and walk away. We did that for months, she was unable to meet any dogs and wasn’t even sure of dogs she knew as friendly. I also purchased a Thunder Shirt and I highly recommend this for any dog anxiety. She started wearing her thunder shirt on walks and that gave her the confidence to play with dogs she knew; I still used the leash to take her away from new dogs. By letting her take things at her own pace, wearing the Thunder shirt and have other dogs she trusted around she eventually gained enough confidence to meet new dogs again. It took a lot of patience and time (months and months).

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  13. Gilbert Banda says:

    I have gotten your story about your dog Cocker, I guess he is a good boy, but my questions are, how many times do you spent with Cocker and for how long? Do you take him out for long walks? Have you ever tried to teach him some basic trainings, like “STAY”, EAT, SLEEP. And whenever you are trying to give your dog some simple training, dont use strong voice or showing an angry mood on your face. Try to spend time with him outside the yard for at least 1 hour, wait for him until he pees out side the house the take him inside the house. Repeat the same routing twice a day. The more you do that, the quicker he will adopt to the same routing. After a couple of weeks or months he will get to know that peeing inside the house is not good for me. Remember not to use strong voice when you want to train your dog. Thanks Cathy and wish you good luck with your Cocker.

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  14. Kathy says:

    I adopted a stray dog in June. He seems to have this problem. Also he aggressively barks at men. Can they also have PTSD regarding humans? No one knows his history because he was just picked up. He is a little 10lb Maltese/Terror cross.

    The only problem we have is his barking, which is worse when a man enters our house.

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  15. Nicki Penaluna says:

    I can well identify with this. I have a reactive Dobermann girl who came to us from an abusive home. She dislikes intensely dogs that she doesn’t know. We have a Golden Retriever who is great with her and tolerates all her behaviours in the way only goldens will. Not really knowing how she would react We introduced a second male dobermann into the household when she was two and he was three. All was well, they played together, slept together, ate together and seemed like really good friends. Then he died suddenly and tragically (bloat and torsion). She seemed very lost without him so we fostered a 9 year old male who was about to be put to sleep. He was shy and timid and terrified of her. She attacked him at every opportunity. Never drawing blood, but frightening him so much he was traumatised. I was working so hard with her training but nothing seemed to work. I thought I would have to rehome him for his own happiness and my own peace of mind. Then one day when she attacked him he turned on her and bit her. Not badly, but enough to hurt her and a couple of stitches. Since then she has treated him with great respect, deferred to him at meal times and even yesterday offered him a play bow. At the moment he is not interested, but he is no longer afraid of her.

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  16. Sarah P says:

    Emergency! My 2 year-old dog, Buddy, is terrified of the Christmas Tree. We have at least until the end of the month to go. As a result, he has taken to digging obsessively in the yard and hiding. The hiding results in a lot of “accidents” b/c the tree is near the back door. Please, I need help. What can I do?

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    Minette Reply:

    I would take down or move the tree and then work on desensitization.

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  17. Mary Murney says:

    I’m a 59 year old partially disabled woman who has 2 male dogs. One is a Sheltie who is 5 years old. Prince is very quiet, but too quiet. I’ve been buying Shelties for years from a very good breeder, but this time I’m afraid she sold me a dog that really should have gone to a younger person without health problems. She knows me well so I trusted her. I love my dog very much. He is just very timid. If we leave the room he’ll get upset and howl. I know it’s because he’s afraid we won’t come back. And I know he was born like this. I did contact the breeder, but since she is now elderly she really did nothing for me. I don’t want to give Prince up, I love him too much. Problem is my son brought a beautiful Jack Russell home for a girlfriend who changed her mind about keeping him, so my son kept him. Since he was 27 at the time, my husband and I didn’t say much. Then a about 6 months later my son decided to move and he left the dog with me. Even though I’m ill he felt bad as I did have a female Jack Russell a few years ago who died suddenly when she was only 6 years old. My son thought this male would make me feel better. I’m also in love with this dog. I have some problems. My husband is tired of dogs but didn’t say anything when my son left the 2nd dog with us. Now he doesn’t really want the dog in the home. I’ve found that Jack Russells are very different dogs, and I’ve had different breeds before, but never one like Payton. He has a problem with the Sheltie, Prince, who is timed. Payton will jump on Prince’s back, pulling at his fur with his teeth. Of course since Prince is timid, he doesn’t fight back. He’ll cry out. Of course this is upsetting me and I don’t know what to do. The other thing that Payton does is have ‘accidents’ by the back door if he has to go out and no one is there at the time. He is good 90% of the time. I don’t know how to ‘make him wait’. I’ve never had this problem with any of my dogs before and I desperately need advice. As I mentioned, I’m disabled, and my husband if fed up. I’m trying to listen to the dog training tapes that I purchased, but sometimes I can’t as I can get tired and weak due to my accident. I use a cane, but I can feed the dogs and let them out. It’s when I’m not with them that I have the problems. My 10 yr. old grandson takes Payton out for a walk. He’s supposed to take him out every day after school for at least 15 minutes, but I know that he isn’t doing this every day. I realize that a Jack Russell needs lots of exercise. I plan to try and see if he’ll walk beside my scooter when the weather gets better. Meanwhile, I’m very concerned that my husband is going to turn around one day and say he wants Payton to go. I love both of my dogs very much and I don’t want either of them going anywhere. If I had the money, I’d get the best trainer I could, but I’m now on disability and cannot afford this. I’m going to keep trying my best. Meanwhile, I’d appreciate any advice about getting Payton to stop jumping on Prince’s back and pulling his fur as it’s hurting him. Also I have to find out how to teach Payton that he has to wait to go outside and do his business. I’ve tried tying the bells to the door. For 2 weeks, every day I took Payton to the back door, picked up one of his paws, rang the bells and then I opened the door. As soon as he was outside I praised him. I did this at least 6 times each day for the 2 weeks, but he didn’t get the message to ring the bells. Now I’m lost. I tried writing to Chet on his main website, but I guess he just didn’t have the time to answer me. I’m hoping someone will give me the help I need. We got Payton when he was just over 3 months old. He just turned 2 on January 23rd of this year. So it’s been very hard. On the bright side, Payton comes from a breeder in Texas. His grandfather was famous. He played ‘Milo’ in the Movie called “The Mask”, with Jim Carey, which I’m sure you’ve heard of. Payton also loves to play ball. He’ll actually take his ball out to the back deck roll it to the stairs, and when it starts bouncing down he race down the steps to the bottom and catch it. Then he’ll bring the ball back up the steps and do it all over again. He’ll play all by himself like this for quite a while. All the neighbours just love him. And so do I. Thanks for listening to my story. Please help. Regards, Mary

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    Minette Reply:

    In my opinion with all of your concerns and the aggression you need someone to come out and witness the behavior.

    It is so complex and I think someone needs to see it and the extent of your abilities to help you best.

    I can’t see the dynamics of your abilities and your pack over the internet.

    call your vet and see who they recommend.

    You can also search my articles here on the blog in the search box on the right hand side for the problems you are having and articles I have written.

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  18. George Atwood says:

    It’s been a couple years since any comments, hopefully I get a response. My dogs were attacked 3 nights ago, we are pretty sure by a coyote, or coyotes.
    I live in a very rural area, boundaried by National forest on one side. My property is fenced so my dogs can’t get out, but of course the wild animals can jump my fence, We normally don’t leave them alone outside at night, but we were delayed getting home.
    My dogs are both adopted/rescued. “Arnold,” is an apx 6 year old min-pin and something else mix that we’ve had about 2 years. He is under 10 pounds. “Sam,” is a 6 month old doberman-shepherd who we adopted at 8 weeks old. “Arnold” came to us with obvious existing PTSD problems that are severe, though with a lot of love and patience, he is very much improved. “Sam” has had a rather idyllic puppy life until the attack. We have made it a point to socialize “Sam” frequently with all ages of humans, and with different breeds of dogs. We understand his combination of breeds may be dangerous if we don’t raise him properly.
    “Arnold” had injuries, four shallow tooth puncture marks on his upper back and shoulder area. He was wearing a knit sweater, which one would think would have been a terrible disadvantage to him escaping, but the fact he survived tells us that somehow that sweater may have aided his escape. “Sam” appeared to suffer no physical injuries whatsoever. At 6 months, Sam is already over 45 pounds, and we assume the attack focused on the little dog. For whatever reason (conditioned to trauma perhaps), three days later and “Arnold” appears back to normal already. He never really showed any fear response. He was sore on the bite areas for 2 hours, and that was about it. “Arnold” freely goes out into the yard and outer fenced in property with no apparent anxiety. Almost as if he feels, “Meh, I’ve been in worse situations.” “Sam’s” ongoing response is another story, and that is my big concern. He has many things going on. The morning after, he was reluctant to go outside. I went out with them, and “Sam” proceeded to begin liberally “marking” all over the yard, close to the house. He has never displayed “marking” behavior before, having only just started to lift his leg to urinate within the past 2 weeks or so. He was very nervous, constantly scanning the land outside our fences. He defected on the porch, and he has long since been going further and further out into the property to do that. He didn’t eat in the 1st 24 hours. The first night as soon as it was dark, “Sam” became very nervous. He had what appeared to be recurring and sporadic hiccups that have now gone away. He drooled some. He paced about nervously. And he kept going to the French doors that have a view of the yard to just stare into the dark. Most pronounced is he seems to have lost his prior puppy innocence. He is serious now. I can coax him into brief playful behavior, but four days ago he was still a silly puppy more than half the time.
    My concern of course is how will this experience effect “Sam” as he matures, and what should we be doing about it? So far I have more or less allowed him to get comfortable at his own pace, only forcing or coaxing the playful behavior. We have not yet left the property. I’m thinking I need to get him out in the world again, to continue with the socializing. I need to walk them both in the daytime outside my fence (I’ll be armed just in case). And I need to discover if his anxiety will be about any/all canines, or specific to the coyote? Honestly, if he ends up with an over aggression towards coyotes and only coyotes, I would be pleased with that. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.

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  19. Gayle Olson says:

    I have a 14 year old Bichon that was kennel trained when we first got him. He has always loved his kennel and all we would have to do is put on shoes or pick up the keys and he knew we was going to leave and would get in his kennel with no hesitation.Within the past year he has went blind and although he gets around ok due to knowing his surroundings, when we have to leave and put him in his kennel he has anxiety attacks. Can you tell me why this is happening? e got some Trazodone from the vet but don’t feel they are doing that much for him. Any helpful helpful suggestions would be appreciated

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    Minette Reply:

    As dogs age they can also lose their mental health, just like people. Try and go back to making it fun

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