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Old 01-29-2013, 06:11 PM
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Yup. It's not bad and there are only a few small bite marks on his side. Not really punctures, just scrapes really. I'm more worried about how he does in puppy class tomorrow. He was already leery of the other dogs (not afraid, but disinterested) and now I think he's going to "get back at" the other dog using them. O_O erg.

So I came out of my apartment and down the first set of stairs and suddenly a little mini dachshund named precious was growling barking right in front of us and lunged. Got Talon right on his side. Talon scrambled up the stairs and I picked him up before the dog could grab him again. Poor boy was terrified.

The owner of precious was right there yelling at her dog and apologised and moved on. It wasn't really much of an apology, more of a "oh I'm sorry" and then started yelling at the dog again, who was ignoring her, and kept leaving until the dog finally followed.

This isn't our first run in with this dog. Though the apartment has leash rules, no one here uses one at all, except me. I don't mind 'cause most are under control or the owners are respectful and grab their dog as soon as they see someone coming. This dog ran at us before, barking it's head off and the owner again did nothing but yell at it as it ignore her. Apologized then walked away. We didn't actually have an attack last time though, the dog stopped a few feet away and then ran.

So now I'm kinda in an awkward situation. I don't want to complain because well, David is staying here and he's not on the lease. The manager is pretty strict on this as well, so I'm worried about getting told David needs to leave. So I'm concerned about backlash. But at the same time I don't want Talon to get attacked, or Art to get attacked either.

I can't really avoid either, as I can't hear the dog until it's right there.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:01 PM
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Good for you for taking puppy classes, that'll help. Just keep relaxed and have fun.

As for the other dog, is there a way you can see down the hall/stairs and avoid the snappy dog? Like saying 'we're coming down' to warn them and asking the owner of that dog for sure to do the same? Or heck add her on facebook or get her phone so you can text and avoid that way? Put a bell on the dog?

The best thing would be to avoid run ins again, if it means you are extra careful where you can't see the other dogs coming, do it.
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Old 01-30-2013, 10:48 AM
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I would tell the landlord that this particular tenant is not respecting the leash laws and their dog is causing a disturbance. They might know it's you if Precious has only gone after your dog, but I have a feeling you're not the only one.

In the meantime, if those people follow a particularly walking schedule I would try to avoid them, and when going down stairs/around corners, go in front of Talon so you can be sure the dog isn't going to dart out at you :/

Usually if you don't make a big deal of stuff like that, and minimize how much it happens, it won't cause a big problem with other dogs. Just keep trying to reinforce positive experiences and let Talon have his space when he's uncomfortable.
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Have you tried talking to Precious's owners directly? Let them know that Talon has puncture wounds and that you would feel a lot safer bringing him out to potty if you knew Precious was on leash? Personally, I'd ask them to pay the vet bill, because they are entirely at fault.

I wouldn't go to the landlord unless you have tried the direct route first.
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Good for you for taking puppy classes, that'll help. Just keep relaxed and have fun.

As for the other dog, is there a way you can see down the hall/stairs and avoid the snappy dog? Like saying 'we're coming down' to warn them and asking the owner of that dog for sure to do the same? Or heck add her on facebook or get her phone so you can text and avoid that way? Put a bell on the dog?

The best thing would be to avoid run ins again, if it means you are extra careful where you can't see the other dogs coming, do it.
I'll try to avoid, but I don't know where she lives exactly. I know she lives somewhere in the building. I think most likely on the second level, but could be third level. I'm on the third level, so maybe I'll have to go across the building on the third level and take the other stair well. All I really know is I've seen her on ground level and at the bottom of the second stairs. I don't know her name, but only her dogs name as she yelled it enough lol Heck, I'm always careful anyways, as I have to make sure both Art and Talon don't get scared by someone being suddenly there. There's no way to see around the stairs until your half way down unfortunatly.

I'll try to avoid I guess. I don't know about calling down the stairs every time, the people who live there may get a bit annoyed at 3am in the morning calling out "Coming down the stairs" LOL Maybe just making a little noise might help.

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I would tell the landlord that this particular tenant is not respecting the leash laws and their dog is causing a disturbance. They might know it's you if Precious has only gone after your dog, but I have a feeling you're not the only one.

In the meantime, if those people follow a particularly walking schedule I would try to avoid them, and when going down stairs/around corners, go in front of Talon so you can be sure the dog isn't going to dart out at you :/

Usually if you don't make a big deal of stuff like that, and minimize how much it happens, it won't cause a big problem with other dogs. Just keep trying to reinforce positive experiences and let Talon have his space when he's uncomfortable.
Talon did ok at puppy class. He got a bit overly excited and nippy at the other dogs when there was a ton of movement, but nothing too bad. ^_^

That's a good idea! I'll teach talon to go behind me on the stairs! That should help I think! Thanks!

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Have you tried talking to Precious's owners directly? Let them know that Talon has puncture wounds and that you would feel a lot safer bringing him out to potty if you knew Precious was on leash? Personally, I'd ask them to pay the vet bill, because they are entirely at fault.

I wouldn't go to the landlord unless you have tried the direct route first.
I really don't know her, and I'm not comfortable approaching her I don't think. There really wasn't a vet bill, they aren't really puncture, more scratches. They aren't deep at all. I'd love if I could just ask her to put the dog on a leash but I don't think it would go over well honestly.

My only option I feel comfortable with is the manager, and honestly I don't want to do that if I don't have to. :/ blah

i'll have to use the other stairwell I think, it's a pretty good inconvenience for me, but oh well.
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