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    Quote Originally Posted by Olive Oil View Post
    I have 2 dogs, they are going to become partial outside dogs. They'll be allowed in a certain part of the house and away from the main area, where my son is starting to learn how to walk. This has shaken me, I'm just not 100% confident anymore (I used to be) and that is enough for me to seperate them.

    Not sure if they have insurance but that's up to them if they want to claim.
    I really think you've taken a lot of responsibility and maturity in your approach. You aren't just doing what you're obligated to do, you're doing what you morally feel you should - and that definitely should be applauded. There's someone very worried about their dog tonight and you've at least taken the financial concern away from them. I know I don't know much about you but your integrity is definitely shining through in this thread.

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    You've brought a tear to my eye. Thank you.
    Last edited by Olive Oil; 18-05-2015 at 21:52.

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    So update if you are interested. We spoke to the owners again, their dog is ok. She needed an operation because there was a tear in her vulva. We offered to handle the money side of things directly with the vet which they appreciated. The vet actually halved the bill because he said we were being very responsible. I can't believe it!

    The owner even said "we'll see you down at the park"

    I hope she recovers well and the family are ok. I'm still a bit stressed, but probably nothing compared to them.

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    That's great Olive.

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    That's great news

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    Great news! Kindness begets kindness.

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    It's great that you wanted to take on the financial responsibility. As a vet I don't think I've seen many cases where that happens. Most people just pull their dog away from a fight and disappear with no concern for the other dog and certainly no will to pay the bill. That's probably why the vet was generous reducing the bill as it's nice to see a caring owner. X

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olive Oil View Post

    My dog has never done this before, she's 4. She played rough and growled but never this. I don't know if I can trust her around my son
    I think you did a very responsible thing. Situations like this are always just awful for everyone in loved.

    With regards to trusting her around your son, dog aggression and people aggression is different, and one often does not indicate the other.

    One of my dogs is dog aggressive and will never be trusted around other dogs, but he is fantastic with people, including kids. If you're at all worried, it might be a good idea to talk to a behaviourist or read some good books to really learn about dog body language. It's extremely rare for a dog to attack without any warning whatsoever, but most people miss the warning signs. It can be as subtle as the position of the ears or stiffness in the body. That way, you can watch how your dog is reacting around your son (and other dogs in the future) with more confidence to know what to look for.

    Glad the other dog is ok and the people were good about it. Hope you're feeling a little less shaken by now too!

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    Thank you for the tips. I'm still quite shaken up, my dog has never reacted this way and it scared me. My gut doesn't want to trust her just yet. At the moment they have been segregated to the other side of the house and the backyard. We will continue to walk them every day and socialise them with my son, but with me right by his side. I will look up some dog behavioural literature. This has been a massive reality check.

    Also when we walk them, she'll be wearing a muzzle and they won't be let off the lead.

    Thank you to all for your insight and kind words. Will update you if there are any further developments.

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    Olive, i must say. You are a damn good human being.

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