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My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby jaydfreeman » Wed Aug 03, 2016 8:55 am

Hello

I was wondering if anyone has experienced the same problem...

I have a male Chow Chow that has just turned 2 years old.
Every time we go on a walk and meet other dogs, he gets attacked by them!
The other dog seems to have a strong instinct to approach my dog and attempt to bite him.
Sadly there has been a couple of really vicious occasions, which means it's becoming increasingly difficult to walk him on my own out of fear that it will happen again!

My Chow Chow doesn't bother other dogs in the slightest and is very friendly with both people and animals so I cannot understand why he is so disliked by other dogs.

Can someone relate to this at all?!

Thanks!
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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby FurParent » Sat Aug 06, 2016 12:22 am

I don't have any experience about this before! But why don't you change the location on your walk to keep unharm your dog.

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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby kingalls » Sat Aug 06, 2016 6:12 pm

As you may have noted, Chows have a distinct smell. I have read that between the Chow Chow smell and the "tell tale" tail not being visible because it lies on their back versus a waving flag, other dogs do not like it and go on the offensive.
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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby Chow Tribe » Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:54 am

Yep..so true.Because they were original dogs,well,closer than others,they have that `predator` scent and other dogs attack out of fear.
As you may know,chows get blamed many times when there is a fight;unfairly,but because some uninformed people think they are ` vicious`,they get blamed.I wear a body cam..sounds extreme..when I am walking my dogs, but I am not having my chow punished for another dogs ..umm ,well,actions.
And there are many dogs with a `packed tail`,so I dont know if that is part of it or not.

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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby mbradfordc » Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:54 pm

I've had the same experience with my three year old Chow as well! He has been bitten 4 times now completely out of the blue by other larger dogs and the owners of the dogs were completely shocked and said that they had never seen their dog do that before. Skyler (my chow) just whimpers and cries and doesn't even try to defend himself. It's so sad. I think other dogs are confused as to what he is :(

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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby mbradfordc » Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:57 pm

I've had the same experience with my three year old Chow as well! He has been bitten 4 times now completely out of the blue by other larger dogs and the owners of the dogs were completely shocked and said that they had never seen their dog do that before. Skyler (my chow) just whimpers and cries and doesn't even try to defend himself. It's so sad. I think other dogs are confused as to what he is :(

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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby kitten1426 » Mon Aug 15, 2016 7:35 am

Wow really we have 2 chows and we have gone to different dog events and dog parks no one ever bothered them... you sure it isnt your reaction causing these dogs to react they do sense your feelings too... Honestly we had to stop bringing our one Chow because he would go after the other dogs not them going after him....
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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby JasonandNat » Sun Aug 21, 2016 12:06 pm

That's strange. No dog has every really challenged much less attacked our chows. However this is not as much a dog issue as an owner issue. Report those people to your local by-law, they would screw you over in a heartbeat.

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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby Cam Atis » Mon Sep 05, 2016 7:11 pm

Cassie is also being attacked randomly when I walk her, soo I always bring a stick with me for any unwanted attention. I dont walk her much. she is free to roam our fenced home.

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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby Cindy J » Wed Sep 07, 2016 9:21 am

We have had other dogs lunge at us - "fear biters". Thankfully their owner has them on a leash and they cannot reach us. Chance looks bewildered when this happens. He believes all dogs should have good manners. I have been told by a behaviorist that chows look intimidating to other dogs because of the hair sticking up on the back of their necks. I don't know if this is it or that they smell different. Maybe it is because chows hold their ground and do not turn away from other dogs who are giving them the evil eye....

No matter the reason, I would do whatever is necessary to keep my dogs safe. Including kicking another dog that got too close. Some use pepper spray, but I don't want to take a chance of some getting in my dogs face. I am lucky that most other people cross the street with their dog when they see us coming.
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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby dr.butcher » Sun Sep 11, 2016 7:52 pm

I've experienced the same issue with Charlie. A lot of dogs lunge at him, start barking furiously. Charlie tugs on his leash furiously barking back, but he never initiates it. This happens frequently. Except for 10-year old little Momo. They seem quite fond of each other. There's a lot of dog owners in my village and general area, so I just can't avoid them entirely, at least leaving the house and village.

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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby Judy Fox » Fri Sep 16, 2016 6:39 am

I read a while ago that chow chows smell different - not like the ordinary smell and other dogs dont like it so they are aggresive or ignore chows.
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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby jaydfreeman » Sat Oct 08, 2016 3:25 am

Thanks for all replies!

I have been told that castrating him may help the issues as other dogs wouldn't find my Chow so dominant. Has this worked for anyone else?
I feel bad that I cannot let my Chow off his lead for a run around in fear of him getting attacked.
I try to take him very early in the morning to avoid other walkers and l always have a fenced garden for him to roam around in all day.
Poor pup :( He loves other dogs!

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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby kitten1426 » Mon Oct 10, 2016 7:54 am

We used to take our chow to a dog park no dog tried anything with him actually we had to put him back on a leash because he would go after other dogs... I really dont know if fixing him is going to help or not...
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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby Rory's Dad » Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:53 pm

Chows walk with a confidence and attitude that confuses other breeds. Not really sure about the smell, but I do know they don't get that 'wet dog' smell, so there may be something to that. I don't really think that fixing a dog will change it. So, if your dog is breeding quality, I wouldn't consider it. If he isn't, then there are a ton of other reasons to have him altered.

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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby jaydfreeman » Sat Oct 22, 2016 8:16 am

From my experiences, I always find that its bigger dogs that have an issue with my Chow. A while back two French Poodles approached him despite their owners command not to. They ganged up on him from both angles and tried to bite, but thankfully I had my father with me to hold them back from him, which resulted in him getting bitten instead. The owner apologised profusely and explained that they have never had an issue with any other dog before, which I've heard on a majority of occasions.
I find it scary to walk my Chow in any area's where other dogs are running free off their leads, because i don't get a chance to explain that the most friendly dog's still take a strong dislike to mine before a dog has run over and attacked.
My chow is very friendly with all other dogs, but is understandably losing his patience.
I am unsure about getting him fixed as he is terrified of the vets following a previous painful accident. I don't want to put him off the vets for life as I like to have regular health checks for him. The vet has advised me that his fixing op may make his visits to the vet worse as he will need one stingy anaesthetic injection instead of the more gentle two because he's already aggressive towards the vets.
Im not sure what to do for the best!

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Re: My Chow Chow keeps getting attacked by other dogs

Postby Rory's Dad » Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:30 pm

LOL, probably not a big help, but as a Chow owner I have a strong dislike for French Poodles anyway. Just plain nasty dogs....LOL. And people complain that Chows don't listen. They should try a poodle. Absolutely obnoxious dogs with a bad attitude.

I really don't think having him altered is the answer to this issue. It may be advisable for other reasons, but it wont change his interactions with aggressive dogs. If he is well socialized, and it sounds like he is trying, he may just need more confidence.

I would start off by not allowing him off lead even if the other dogs are. He can get a lot of assurance from you. Let him see that you are protecting him. That is part of the pack leadership strategy. While on lead, direct him toward smaller breeds. Let him meet and greet without any tension. Try to find other dog walkers that are nearby and strike up a conversation. Be relaxed and explain prior problems. He will sense the atmosphere and relax too.

Not sure where you are located, but try to find a dog show. All the dogs there will be well trained and accepting. It's good practice for your Chow and will build his confidence.


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