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Everyone is aware by now that I have recently moved and i brought with me my four dogs....one of them being the mastiffXcorsoXdaneXmystery dog. Chessie was a rescue from an abusive home, I got her when she was 12 weeks old after the people that bred her (accidentally) had managed to kick out all her teeth, not feed her anything but raw bones, not worm, or vaccinate...leaving a sick and terrified mess...it took me ten minutes to catch her and she shook the 3 hour drive home. She was by far the worst affected by this home, but all the puppies were seized by animal control the same day. So chessie had some big hurdles to get over, because she was so ill, i couldn't start socialisation until she was 5 months old, she had her own pack at home but as many of you know, just because you get along with the dogs you live with doesn't mean you'll like every other dog. So at the age of six months I started gently getting her used to things, with the help of a trainer...she was dog aggressive but soon got over that...her worst fear was people, especially boy children and tall men. She would actually fall over and poo herself if she saw one. So it took a good almost 7 months of day long training to take her through walks in town, introducing her to nice people....and she was doing really well, she'd stopped pooing herself and shaking so much that she fell over and simply shied away a bit. Well last night i took her for a walk through the new town, which i'd done a few times before. I was barely 150 yards from the car, when some tall guy jumped out of the door way of a shop grabbed her and barked at her 3 times, she went rigid and fell in the gutter...she couldn't stop shaking, like she was having an epileptic fit and shat and weed everywhere....I yelled some not very nice things at the guy and he just walked off like it never happened. A few teenage girls came over and tried to help, but i had to sit with her for close to 15 minutes before she could even function again. walking her back to the car was a nightmare, and she pulled me over many times if any person walked past her, and when she herd some guy yell to his friend she fell over rigid again...she hasn't stopped shaking all night...she won't eat this morning...she's looking around everywhere, she even growled at my mother last night, which she has never done. I called the trainer she's just as upset as I am....Sorry about the Rant but I had to say something...all my hard work is gone and I have a dog that's ten times worse!!!!
 

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I'm outraged just reading that. It might be my Philadelphia blood, but if anyone had EVER done that to my dog, they would be limping away, not walking....:mad: I'm so sorry that idiot was there, and I'll be sending prayers of patience and soothing vibes to your dog.
 

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I am so sorry. I know how this feels, to some degree. Hopefully she'll be alright in a couple of days. What a $^$## idiot. :(
 

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I'm so sorry. You will have to start working with her all over again it sounds. I know that is very disappointing and frustrating but with dogs such as these something like this can set them back.

That guy is a major idiot. Could have had the exact opposite effect and tore into his face. How are people so doggy stupid? Seems I can't always blame the owner when another person gets bit by their dog. She looks like a big dog, why would some full grab a strange large dog like that?
 

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Wow, that's really psycho! That person must have had a mental problem...I have had someone bark at my dogs before though, fortunately without any grabbing.
 

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Wow. I'm seething just from reading that.
I've had people bark at my dogs, grab them, and even one guy that punched hughbert when I had my back turned. Luckily, nobody has gone after Kaki.
I'm so sorry. Hopefully, she'll rebound a little faster because of all your previous work. Don't give up.
Best wishes.
 

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If you see that guy again, call the cops. What he did was assault, plain and simple. Someone may say 'it's just a dog' but the emotional damage was towards YOU as well.

Horrible.
 

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I'm outraged just reading that. It might be my Philadelphia blood, but if anyone had EVER done that to my dog, they would be limping away, not walking....:mad: I'm so sorry that idiot was there, and I'll be sending prayers of patience and soothing vibes to your dog.
Um yeah ditto on that!!!! They deffinetly would be getting a butt kicking by me (even if I only weigh 105 lbs, lol)! I would take what you just wrote and put it in yur local paper! Maybe he will ready it and realize just what he did, then he might learn to not do that to ANY dog. I know my Doberman is very well behaved and minds BUT I also know his protective nature and if they would have done that to him OR even my rottie we had put down in May they more than likely would think I was in danger and start barking aggressively (the kind of bark ANY stranger know isn't a nice bark, the bark they would know as "Oh S*** I am in trouble now, I messed with the wrong dog". My dogs only do this "bark" when they think myself or my boys are in danger and I have only heard it once out of both of them! Now my puppy....everyone is her friend right now, lol.


I would deffinetly post it in your local paper!!!! Get the word out! You may also teach many other's how to act around strange dogs!

Be patient and start all over. You know there will always be some sort of set back a time or two. 5 steps forward...3 back! Be patient!
 

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And people wonder what that thing is I carry with me sometimes.. ya know.. the thing with the battery and the electrodes on one end.

I am not sure he would have survived if he had touched MY dog. My dog would have not bitten him but I can't say her owner would not have.

Well, now the damage is done you need to fix it. You can't go back and hit the "undue" button. Angry as you are (and rightfully so) you need to move forward for your dog.
 

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I am so sorry to hear about this. What an a$$. Your poor poor Chessie....
Yah, I would've had HIM shaking on the sidewalk too.
It was nice of those girls to try and help. I feel for you, I really do.

Elana is right. Setbacks (and sometimes HUGE ones) happen and you have to pick yourself up and try to overcome and move on. Sounds easier than it is, I know.

You have a lot of factors going on here, stress of moving, new places and then this idiot. Have you used medication for Chessie before? If it is a serious setback I would discuss meds with my vet, even if it were just for "getting over the hump".

If you need more support or help (over and above your trainer, who must be pretty awesome for you to have come as far as you have)...check out www.fearfuldogs.com.

Hugs to you and to Chessie. I will send some Reiki your way!
 

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Forget that piece of garbage that caused the relapse, the dog still has you and will bounce back in time.(maybe not a bounce)but back she will come. Now you have been forewarned it may at the very least help stave off future attacks by idiots. What's really important, is not in any way should you beat yourself up. No misplaced feelings of guilt. You haven't mentioned any but sometimes we have a tendency to pick on ourselves. I don't know your age, but the dog experience you are gaining will help with other dogs down the road, if you decide to use it.
 

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First of all, my heart just breaks for you and Chessie. Poor little girl. I have a fearful dog and I know how extra-protective you feel over them. And it's infuriating and frustrating not to be able to protect them from things that scare them.

But here's the deal...it's not all gone, even though it may seem like it right now. You have built a good foundation for her and she will rely on that to get back on her feet. It'll probably take some time and there are things you ARE going to have to start over on. But I think you'll be surprised how quickly she comes back from this.

I second Cracker's suggestion about medication and the fearfuldog.org website. Their list is fabulous and you will get a lot of help and support over there.

Hang in there!
 

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That guy is a major idiot. Could have had the exact opposite effect and tore into his face. How are people so doggy stupid? Seems I can't always blame the owner when another person gets bit by their dog. She looks like a big dog, why would some full grab a strange large dog like that?
And why do people feel like they have the right to do anything to something someone else owns?

It's like people have no respect for property that belongs to someone else. Possession may be 9/10 of the law, but it doesn't seem to cause others to give any respect.
 

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if worst comes to shove, whats wrong with giving her a sheltered life? I know every one here feels all dogs must be socialized, but I feel there can be exceptions to rules. Both my dogs have never been socialized, one nine and one seven, you could not tell by there every day activities. They are happy dogs and they do not miss dogy parks and strangers.

I think that poor girl had enough horrors in her life, She definitely would appreciate the quiet, life, guess you can compare it to the Nuns and Monks of the world. JMO
 

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I can completely sympathize. I had my dog and my puppy at a baseball game a couple of weeks ago and a young boy asked if he could pat my dog. I said yes and before I could stop him he proceeded to grab my Rottie mix by the face and growl at her! She growled back and backed up as quickly as possible. Now guess what, she has begun to get nervous and growly around the boys in my neighborhood! I am sick about it but I certainly don't blame her in the least. What a crazy thing for anybody to do! I pointed out to him that what he had just done could easily have resulted in a dog bite to the face. (the thing that makes me crazy is that if my dog had bitten him, I would be the one losing a lawsuit, no doubt!)

I agree with others who have said that your girl will probably regain her confidence, quicker and easier than she did before but I completely sympathize with the pain and anger you must be feeling.:(
 
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