Why do small dogs attack bigger ones?

Reply Sun 20 Apr, 2008 07:42 pm
my pitbull has been attacked a few times, she always get scared because she knows bite-bite is a no-no, but now my aunts chihuahua gets aggressive, i mean she will listen to me normally but shes not gonna let a dog bite her for long. and it just chomps away bite-bite-bite-bite

is there anything to do besides keep them seperate? i dont want to see a little dog get literally ripped into peices.
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Reply Sun 20 Apr, 2008 09:58 pm
Good question. Probably a fence is your best bet.

Making a lot of assumptions but I'd say that the problem is actually with your Aunt and her relationship to her dog. She probably treats it like a little human so it thinks it's the pack leader and is instinctively defending its territory and its pack position. If your aunt was dominant over the chihuahua like you are with your pitbull it would know how to behave.

Lots of people love their dogs but do them no favours by not giving them a pack structure (with themselves at the top) to fit into.
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Reply Sun 20 Apr, 2008 11:06 pm
your right it sbasically the problem with all the dogs.
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Reply Sun 20 Apr, 2008 11:10 pm
i was walkin home today with my dog, and then a golden retriever type dog burst thru this jerryrigged fence, his head between me and my dog, hes in a frnzied state barking and my dog just grabs his head, and she shakes like 4 times good solid ones and im like jefita no and she stops and the other dog is still trying to bite.

it was crazy it was so unexpected. I just notcied she was alert , and she had t h "theres a dog around" look, and then BAM, RAWRAWRAWRAWRWA
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Reply Sun 20 Apr, 2008 11:27 pm
The 'protecting' territory thing is a little different, our dogs bark at passing dogs and people, but when they're out of the yard they love meeting other dogs and never bark - even when passing yards with dogs barking at them. Strange beasts.
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