Pit Bull Attack

About an hour ago Goober was attacked by a pitbull who was off the leash. All I can say is thank god for his wrinkly neckskin because if that wasn't there his neck would be broken and I'd be digging a hole in the backyard instead of watching him munch his kibble. All he got were some bruises. For you trainers out there, what kind of behavoir should I expect from him after this. He seem to be a little afraid of me now.

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Hmmm….I wouldn't expect for him to be afraid of you....want to describe what happened?

I *would expect for him to be really leary, and perhaps reactive towards other dogs. Maybe afraid of the area where it happened...

Sorry that you and Gooby had to go through that, thank goodness he is okay!</he>

@Gooby:

About an hour ago Goober was attacked by a pitbull who was off the leash. All I can say is thank god for his wrinkly neckskin because if that wasn't there his neck would be broken and I'd be digging a hole in the backyard instead of watching him munch his kibble. All he got were some bruises. For you trainers out there, what kind of behavoir should I expect from him after this. He seem to be a little afraid of me now.

Not sure why he would be afraid of you? Why do you think that? Are you sure it is not just that he is "afraid" in general? And his behavior can go from being aggressive to any dog he sees to being totally in a panic by any dog he sees… but he will be looking to you to be the leader and to walk him with confidence because all of the transmits to him by body lanugage and down the lead....

I took goober out to pee and a lady playing with her pits. I walked over as I usually do when I see the neighbors with their dogs. One of them slipped out of his collar and grabbed Goober by the back of the neck. I opened the pit's mouth and Goober ran off. My neighbor brought him into his apartment. I beat the shit out of the pit before the owner got there.

How scary! I am so glad that Goober is okay. What did the neighbor do? I am sure Goober is just scared of everthing right now.

My guess is that the pit was not attacking, but playing. If he'd been in attack mode, you'd have never pulled him off of Goober.

I hope the owner was apologetic, and puts the dog through better training.

Poor little Goober. I can't imagine how scared you BOTH were!

My husband was attacked by a pitt. Totally unprovoked. It was really scarey and he almost lost his thumb. The dog tore a flap of skin from his hand that went half way through his thumb. And it was all in a matter of 2 seconds. Really odd because we're both such dog people. Kind of changed our perspective that all dogs are inherently good…perhaps, sadly, some are not. 😞 I'm sorry your doggie had to go through that. I hope there is no lasting mental damage...

I am so sorry to hear about Goober being attacked. He must of been so scared. I am sure you were as well after your adrenaline wore off and what just happened or could have happened sank in. I certainly hope he has no lasting emotional scars from this. Por little guy. Glad to hear what you did to the pit while the owner was inside. I am usually on my guard most of the time when I take Jojo out for a walk. I had an English Springer Spaniel that was in his own yard and the neighbors let out their dust mop and she attacked my dog. I have been some what leary ever since and that was about 25 years ago.

@Gooby:

I beat the shit out of the pit before the owner got there.

I am really sorry to hear about what happened to Goober. I've been through situations that are not even that scary and know how upsetting it can be. But I don't think beating the other dog will help the dog interact with other dogs more appropriately–it might even make him worse?? Hopefully, the owner is a loving, responsible owner who will be more careful in the future.

I owned two AKC Alaskan Malamutes prior to owning my Mica. One day while walking I saw a friend who was fixing his friends car near where I lived at the time. There were some kids inside a fence with a pit bull. This was a medium sized animal, too, but smaller than my two malis. They let the dog out of the fence and it immediately went after my female mali unprovoked.. My male mali immediately intervened which resulted in a problematic attempt to get the pit off my male malamutes neck. He had a beautiful scruff of a neck and I tend to think that is what saved him. We had to use water and alot of yelling and it resulted in 7-puncture wounds and a small rip about an inch wide on his front right paw. It was almost impossible to get this dogs grip off my dogs neck but his large scruff was a definate protective measure. I remember he was not happy about that situation. It also required a trip to a vet and no apology on the part of that owner nor any attempt to contact me to see if my dog was ok. My male malamute limped back to our apartment since he was a tough little fellow and wouldn't let me carry him until we could get in the car and drive to the emergency vet. Needless to say, despite the majesty and beauty of this dog, and despite what pit bulls owners say about their dog being really friendly, I have a wariness of that breed anytime I see an owner with a pit bull.

BaMicas mom

@MaxBooBooBear:

I am really sorry to hear about what happened to Goober. I've been through situations that are not even that scary and know how upsetting it can be. But I don't think beating the other dog will help the dog interact with other dogs more appropriately–it might even make him worse?? Hopefully, the owner is a loving, responsible owner who will be more careful in the future.

I have to agree…..obviously, this Pit was not truly aggressive, otherwise Gooby's dad would be posting from the hospital.

Beating a dog like this may just make him try to kill the next human stranger he meets.

You didn't give a lot of details about what happened to be able to tell if Goober will react differently..Was Goober afraid??…was there any blood?? or puncture wounds??

Dogs usually grab each other by the scruff of the back of the neck in the form of play. And if the pits had already met Goober previously (you mentioned you always go over to the neighbor when the dogs are out) he was probably just playing with someone he knows.

@BaMica:

. . Needless to say, despite the majesty and beauty of this dog, and despite what pit bulls owners say about their dog being really friendly, I have a wariness of that breed anytime I see an owner with a pit bull. BaMicas mom

Pit Bulls tend to be very friendly with PEOPLE…...obviously, as with any breed, you will encounter some that are not, but as a breed {that's why law enforcement officers LOVE them; they actually bite the trainers/handlers less often than other breeds like German Sheps and Labs believe it or not}...... but you do have to watch the males closely sometimes with other male dogs.

Most pit owners that I know won't own two male pits, and those that do often have to keep them separate from one another -- kind of the way we do our Basenjis and our cats -- and it's a real PIA.

I've never known a pit that was not goofy-friendly with people, but I know one right now that will attack any male dog it sees. It's weird to see him transform from a giant puppy-like personality into a crazy dog that has to be peeled off another dog's haunches. I won't let that one anywhere near my house/dogs -- and when he was a puppy he used to play here!

His owners sort of "accidentally" got a second male {rescue that never went away}, and THAT dog doesn't mind other males. But the first one does. They used to be able to have them in the room together as long as the people were home, but the first one started picking fights even when the people were in the room. Around Easter time, he started and it took THREE adult males and a woman to separate the dogs. I'd have gotten rid of one of them, but these folks opted to keep both, keep them separated {by a door, because gates don't work} and play "musical dogs" all the time. It's crazy.

I love the breed, but I would never own them. I don't want to own a dog that I can't handle on my own in the event of a fight. They are NOT for novice dog owners, and sadly I think many people who haven't a clue get them because they are "cool".

@JazzysMom:

Pit Bulls tend to be very friendly with PEOPLE…...obviously, as with any breed, you will encounter some that are not, but as a breed {that's why law enforcement officers LOVE them; they actually bite the trainers/handlers less often than other breeds like German Sheps and Labs believe it or not}...... but you do have to watch the males closely sometimes with other male dogs.

I would imagine you are talking about well bred pits, where the breeders have selected for nice temperament, and the dogs have been handled by experienced dog people all their lives. And, I definitely believe you about the German sheps, but find it very hard to believe that either breed bites less than Labs….

@Quercus:

I would imagine you are talking about well bred pits, where the breeders have selected for nice temperament, and the dogs have been handled by experienced dog people all their lives. ..

Isn't that the case with any breed, though. A poorly bred dog of any variety is going to be a problem. If you couple that with an inexperienced or ignorant owner, you've got a huge problem.

Anybody here ever look at the American Temperment Test Society stuff? They test dogs by breed for temperment. http://www.atts.org/testdesc.html
The dogs are tested for unprovoked aggression, panic, avoidance, etc.

The American Pit Bull scores an 84.1% passing rate {slightly higher than the popular golden retriever}, while our beloved Basenjis came in at 66.7%.

I know the test doesn't "prove" anthing, but it makes for an interesting read to see how the various dogs scored.

I worked in vet clinics for several years and we didn't mind the pits that came in. I also worked in the ghetto so I am pretty sure at least one for sure was a fighting pit. Anyway, they were very friendly even being at the vets office. There aggression towards dogs was unbeliveable. A Fighting pit it's expected but most pits we saw would tolerate dogs that were part of their home pack but that was it. The problem I have with the breed as a whole is their potential to do so much damage. That is what makes them dangerous.

While we were stationed in Puerto Rico my husband's diving buddy had a Pit Bull. He would come over sometimes with his owner and seemed really mild mannered. The owner told me that he was good and would not hurt a flea, well, sorry but I didn't trust that dog. Yea, he seemed to be sweet, but, I just couldn't let my guard down. This was when I didn't own a dog to protect, so I know I wouldn't like my sweet Sahara around a pit. I was worried about his pit hurting my son who was 11 at the time. I have been told that Pit Bulls were bred to attack and kill and that their jaws lock once around anything they go after. Enough said, I don't like the breed.

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I never meant to imply that a pit WON'T attack a person, whether it has first attacked another dog or not. I apologize if that's they way I came across.

I was just saying that the typical pit will not attack a person; they should not be feared per se. This is not to say that one should not be cautious, as you should with any dog, particularly those breeds that are powerhouses.

The German Shephard was the "bad boy" dog of the '60's; Dobies had the '70's; Rotties had the '80's, and the Pits have the 90's onward thus far.
Eventually some idiots will begin to misbreed and misuse some other powerful strong-willed dog and we'll have a new one.

Frankly, I'm still more leary of German Sheps than any other breed, but then, it's the only breed I had a scary experience with as a child [not even that scary, but I was a kid!LOL] so that probably feeds my discomfort. It's sad because my neighbors have this beautiful Shepherd, great with the kids, etc, and I am always nervous about him. AND they keep him off-leash a lot so I get very nervous every time I walk my dogs past his place. Which is stupid when you consider the only time he's ever fought any dog of mine was when Gypsy got out the gate once, went to HIS place, and attacked HIM. Yikes!! that was the only time she's ever been in a fight. She has hated him since he moved in; she watches his every move through the fence. It's weird.

I definately think that too many people get pits because they think they are cool and have no idea what they are getting into. I also think that these people really don't understand the amount of training any dog needs before they can walk in public without a leash, let alone the training for a real guard dog(The lady who owned the pits said "i'm so sorry-they're guard dogs").
A friend of mine bred pit bulls for several years. His mating pair were very sweet and got along well with both people and animals… until he stopped training them. Once his girlfriend moved out and he had to work for 12 hours a day they got completely out of control. Eventually they killed a horse (a champion arabian) and he was forced to put them to sleep.
Training, training, training.....

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