Attacks between dogs are one of the scariest situations a fur-parent could ever experience. Like any other animals, dogs can be unpredictable, and often we find them not playing nicely towards other dogs.
So, as a fur-parent, the responsibility to know what is the best thing to do when you find your furry friend being attacked by another dog is important.
There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to this because not all situation is the same. However, keeping cool and knowing how to help your furry friend will make things easier.
What To Do If Your Dog Is Being Attacked By a Pitbull
Remaining calm amidst the part that you are seeing your dog being attacked by a pitbull is difficult to do. However, reacting loudly and making a move rashly will not be helpful as well.
During a dog attack, keep yourself distant and try to create a distraction to separate the dogs. Do not try to separate them by yourself, because pulling your dog on your own will possibly lead you to serious injuries and your dog as well.
Instead, creating a loud noise while trying to call your dog away is a good distraction. Once successful, regardless if there are injuries or not, taking your dog to the vet is the best thing to do.
Observe if your dog can walk on its own. If it’s not then you can carry him but with precautions, because even the gentlest dog may bite if injured.
The severances of an injury due to a dog bite varies. From a tiny snick to a series of serious cuts, it all requires veterinary attention. Generally, all dog wounds are recommended to be assessed by a professional.
Even prick wounds resulting from a bite are considered to be at a high risk of infection and should be addressed right away.
For simple bites, simple disinfection will be normally performed, but if it’s more serious, then your dog might be put under anesthesia. In more serious cases, x-rays may be suggested to look for broken bones.
Dealing With Emotional Scars
As a fur-parent, the welfare of our dogs is our main concern. Dog attacks may be inevitable at some point, and we might not be able to prevent our dogs from engaging in a fight. So, helping them to cope up after is very crucial.
Yes, you already visit the vet, wounds are starting to heal now, but have you ever considered the emotional scars of your dog? Just like humans, dogs are also sensitive emotionally.
After a pitbull attack, our dog might be experiencing trauma, and the role of an owner here is crucial.
For some dogs, recovering from emotional scars with the owner’s help might not take so much time. But if a dog has poor social skills recovering from the trauma could take a while.
Being with your dog by supporting him and giving him praises will slowly build his confidence back. It may take a lot of patience from the owner’s perspective but if you care about your dog’s well-being, you’ll be supportive throughout.
Socialization is a very effective way to help your dog recovers fast. Letting your dog socialize with his good furry friends could help him forget the negative encounter he had with another dog.
However, before doing this, you need to make sure that your dog is ready to meet other dogs. Otherwise, if we will be too pushy, things could get worse.
Making sure everybody is safe is the essential thing to do. If the attacking dog shares the same household with the victim dog, things will be a little rough.
Attacks that occur at home may ruin the emotional wellbeing of the victim dog, hence develops chronic fear.
It is also important to note the behavior of the attacking dog, as anytime the same behavior will arouse. Proper discipline should be manifest to help the bad behavior eradicate.
Seeking Professional Help
The willingness of your dog to interact again with other dogs after an attack might take some time. So, seeking help from a professional will be a great help to watch your dog’s behavior closely while keeping them company aside from you.
In most cases, the professional will assess your dog for tautness and anxiety signs. If the result shows that your dog is fine, then further assessments will not be conducted.
But if the result shows the latter, behavior modification will be conducted on your dog.
Behavior modification is when you allow your dog to be in the place where the pitbull attack happened. Sitting and staying with him there calmly, giving him treats or praises while watching random dogs passing by from a safe distance will help your dog to slowly forget the negative encounter.
After doing this every day, when your dog will seem to be more relaxed, you can slowly let him encounter other dogs. But, remember to limit only the dogs he will be encountering on the initial days.
Showing Love And Support To Your Dog
Think of the times when your dog showed his support when your down; now it is your time to give back that support. For your dog to forget the negative experiences from the past, he needs to feel safe and relaxed in his environment.
Giving positive responses is important to replace negative ones. Give praises to your dog every once in a while; it will help at least in eliminating the fearful memories.
As an owner, giving positive energy to your dog, talking to him, going outside for a walk, and playing, spending more of your time with him will result greatly in your dog’s emotional recovery.
Show your dog that you are on his side and that you will always support him. You are the owner who can contribute a great factor to your dog’s wellbeing!