Two weeks ago I was bitten by a dog. My dog. She had issues that we were trying to overcome from past abuse. We’d had her about a year and had made progress in many areas but one. Leash agression. Probably because as a young pup she was kept on a chain for hours on end. That kind of thing plays on the mind of a dog. They begin to feel anxious and fearful, which in turn leads to agressive behavior. So whenever we took Koda walking on a leash, if we encountered a dog, she became highly agressive…trying to protect herself and me. That’s what happened the day of the bite…except this time, in her frustration to get away from me and go after the other dog, she turned and bit me. Sadly, we made the decision not to keep her because of this, even though I totally understand her motives. So now my walking partner is gone and I have a large bruise and bump on my leg. Walking has been put aside for a time. We are looking into getting another canine companion, this time, one without the baggage. Soon I will be out and about, walking another pet.
Lesson learned: Be very careful when picking a dog. Make sure that it has no agressive tendencies toward other animals and people. Have some play-dates with it first. Take it out for a walk. Watch how it behaves toward unfamiliar people. Then decide.
Moral of the story: Dogs should never, never, never be kept on chains. It is inhumane and it causes mental trauma to them. How would you like to be adopted by a dog in a dog’s world, only to be chained up? You’d be fearful that every passing dog would attack you, that you couldn’t run away and save yourself. Totally vulnerable. Don’t do that to your pet…please!