why would it attack a small dog being held by owner

by James R. Smith
(regina SK. Canada)


Buddy is a three year old male crossed with a lab has been a outide dog on a cattle farm , he's a very lovable dog and likes kids, he never barks when someone comes into the farm yard and usually greets people, he does bark most of the night and sleeps most of the day the problem is this is the secound time in a year that he has attacked a hand held lap dog. could you tell me why he would do this, my son in law shot him and I did not think this was nesseary but the neighbor (where it happened) said he would kill it if my son in law didnt .
I,m just the father in law and this dog was the love of my life as far as pets go. I really lost my best k9 friend. thanks in advance

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Dec 12, 2014
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why?
by: Marianne

Unfortunately, I can give you no answer. This is the problem with crossbreeds. Since you don't know what is actually mixed in there, you can't know what impulses will make the dog do whatever he did,
It would have been better to train the dog to correct the behaviour. Unfortunately, it's always the dog that pays for the human stupidity, in this case, two instances; the fact that he was crossbred and probably the result of a female that wasn`t spayed; the other, that the owner wouldn't take the trouble to correct the behaviour by investing some time in training.

Dec 12, 2014
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by: Ed A from NJ

This is by far the most distasteful story I have read on these pages and if this poor dog really lost his life because someone failed to properly control him that is a crying shame. If you ask me someone needs to be brought up on charges of animal cruelty at least! I hope who ever ended this dogs life is brought to justice no matter what the relationship. After the first time he should have been corrected and worked with , the fact that the second time even happened shows me the owners had no right to have a large dog and lacked the ability to train him. So the poor dog paid with his life. Appalling, simply Appalling.

Feb 20, 2015
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aggression
by: Anonymous

You were his property. This was a natural inbred instinct in a pyr and left unchecked can get worse. I am sorry for your loss. Depending where the attack happened by law there was nothing the other owner could have done if it was on your property. My 2 year old pyr is the love of my life. She's also my service dog for depression. However, I continue to do ongoing research on any dog that I own. Knowledge is power in many cases. Your son should have stood up for you and your dog. When I take my pyr to the groomer she does great around the other dogs once I am out of sight. Taking her her for a walk or around other dogs while walking she tends to become possessive of me. So I have started using a head harness when I go out with her and it seems to work well. However it says in all my research that a pinch collar should be used only for training purposes.

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