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post #1 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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My dog recently began attacking horse

So since we have gotten my horse (about a year and a half ago) my dog has always barked at him and chased at his heels when my horse is first let out. It has never been a problem as my horse could care less and if it does bother him, he gives a warning kick to my dog.
Lately my dog has been getting more and more persistent, barking at him all the time and nipping the air behind his heels. Today when I was outside my dog was barking at my horse and actually bit him. My horse freaked out and trotted away unharmed.
My fear is that my dog will seriously injure my horse and I don't know what to do. Whenever he barks we always give him trouble, but nothing seems to work. I am at a loss as to how to make my dog leave my horse alone.
Any suggestions or advice is much appreciated
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post #2 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 06:45 PM
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Either tie or pen the dog up when you are not around.

Then, I would suggest a shock collar as that would be the easiest and most effective way to stop the aggressive behavior. If it was my dog, I wouldn't even give a verbal reprimand before shocking him. Just whenever he approached the horse in an aggressive manner (doesn't have to bark, just look like he's going to), I'd give him a shock.

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post #3 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 08:31 PM
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Either tie or pen the dog up when you are not around.

Then, I would suggest a shock collar as that would be the easiest and most effective way to stop the aggressive behavior. If it was my dog, I wouldn't even give a verbal reprimand before shocking him. Just whenever he approached the horse in an aggressive manner (doesn't have to bark, just look like he's going to), I'd give him a shock.

Totally agree with you! This is worst behaviour and need to be stopped as soon as possible, so YESTERDAY! Shock collar is the best way to go! Please act fast before your horse, your dog or another animal or human being gets injured!
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I third the shock collar....It's either that or a kick in the head from your horse.
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I agree that it has to be dealt it asap. I however completely disagree with a shock collar. I have personally seen them cause damage on dogs.
For example, this is one of my customers. Dog collar hazard - Animals - CBC Player

They can damage a dog both emotionally and physically. We sold them in our store but never recommended them. If some one came in asking for one we would convince them to try other options first like trainers or spray collars.

You really do need to nip this in the butt quick but I think you personally have to do a lot of leash work with your dog around the horses and also not around them. Right now your dog is the aplha dog, not you and you NEED to change that. If he will go after a 100lb horse, I don't think he would have an issue going after another dog, adult or even a child.
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post #6 of 28 Old 06-04-2013, 08:56 PM
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It is tragic what happend to the dog they show on CBC and PetSafe should make it clear that the collar should not be on for longer than 8 hours, without a question. BUT that has nothing to do with the training aspect of a shock collar! It works and it is proven as long as you use it the right way, timing is very important and I rather shock my dog a few times to make him learn the lesson than getting him killed by a kick in the head by a horse!
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I think you personally have to do a lot of leash work with your dog around the horses
Before she starts doing that the dog has to learn the basics AWAY from the horse!!!
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It is tragic what happend to the dog they show on CBC and PetSafe should make it clear that the collar should not be on for longer than 8 hours, without a question. BUT that has nothing to do with the training aspect of a shock collar! It works and it is proven as long as you use it the right way, timing is very important and I rather shock my dog a few times to make him learn the lesson than getting him killed by a kick in the head by a horse!
Exactly - which is the lesser of the two evils? And most dogs that have a few brain cells figure it out after a couple warning noises and a shock or two....rather that than a vet call because my horse is injured or my dog is laying on the ground with a nasty injury from the horse. Also, being the nature of horses and dogs, I'd be not so inclined to have a dog like that on a leash around a scared horse who has previously been harassed by the dog.

My horse is a dog killer - I wouldn't want to intervene if he was coming after a dog, it's quite a frightening experience. He hasn't killed a dog yet, but has permanently injured it for running in the arena and chasing him. He nailed it to the ground with his front feet.
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My horse is a dog killer - I wouldn't want to intervene if he was coming after a dog, it's quite a frightening experience. He hasn't killed a dog yet, but has permanently injured it for running in the arena and chasing him. He nailed it to the ground with his front feet.
Can I borrow your horse and take it on the trails and beaches around here for a few times to show the dogs owners how bad it could end for their dogs?
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There was a lady who brought her leopard hound to the barn and he would just chase the horses all day. I told her to tie him or don't bring him since she wouldn't discipline him for it and it was getting dangerous, or I would buy a plastic BB gun and pepper his butt with plastic balls.

She let him run until I got the BB gun and started firing at his hind end when he'd go after the horses. I only had to hit his thigh once before she freaked out and never brought him back.

This was at a highly expensive fox hunting facility. Some of you will tell me "I would kill you if you shot my dog!" But you know what? The lady was warned, the dog was acting dangerously, the bullets were little plastic balls and no one was hurt, and everyone needed to take the situation seriously. No one did until I pulled out the gun.

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