I have a 3yr old female staffy who I’ve had since she was a pup. Until recently she has been friendly with other dogs. However about a month ago she was attacked by a Labrador who came running at us off the leash. My dog was on the leash and also on a ‘halti’ collar so couldn’t do much to defend herself because I was pulling her head back. But after being attacked for about a minute with a neighbour trying to pull the other dog off she was able to get a hold of the other dog’s ear and then didn’t let go! She ended up with a piece of it’s ear!
A few weeks later I saw the same dog running at us again off the lead. I ran because I knew my dog was now capable of causing serious injury but it caught up and attacked again! The same situation mine was on the lead, it wasn’t, and again my dog latched on to the attacking dog’s ear. It was really scary, four people couldn’t get her off the other dog. Finally someone threw water on them. And the attacking dog was left with serious puncture wounds that needed stitching.
The owners of the attacking dog are aware that this is a problem dog, and apologized for it not being on the leash. My concern is the damage my dog caused in defending itself. I have read that lockjaw in dogs is a myth, but whatever you call it, she latched on and didn’t let go! Now my dog is showing these signs of aggression towards other dogs on our walk.
My concern is that I’m doing the best I can by keeping her on the leash, with a halti. Should muzzle her? What if she gets attacked again and can’t defend herself? What about behaviour/social training, can anyone recommend someone in Canberra?