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Tips On How To Help Your Golden Retriever Recover From A Dog Attack

Tips On How To Help Your Golden Retriever Recover From A Dog Attack

No matter how good and cautious of a dog parent you are, or how well behaved and calm your Golden is there is always the possibility he or she might get attacked by another dog.

If this happens, you will of course take him to the vet, to cure the scrapes and puncture wounds, however what about healing your Golden’s emotional scars?

If your dog is in shock after being attacked, you need to know how to help him recover after the attack.

It’s important for you to know that most dogs may perceive an attack as scary and unpleasant, but it will soon be shaken off. The problem arises when the attack is morphed into a life-changing event, and this can happen even to the most solid dogs, and undoing the damage is often quite a bumpy road.

Helping your dog cope with the attack

It will take several measures to protect your dog from any future negative encounters and help it eventually recover.

Left untreated, affected dogs may end up reacting negatively to any dogs who remind them of the attacker (same coat color, same size, same breed) and this may even generalize to other dogs.

Firstly, it’s important that you protect your dog from any future negative encounters that may further cause stress. Keep in mind that stress levels may take several days to go down, so protect your dog from close encounters with other dogs until he or she is really ready.

Limit interactions to a few dogs you trust

Just like with humans, dogs have best friends too. When we’re sad, or in shock, we might reach out to the people we trust the most, the same goes for dogs too. If your dog had a negative experience, you will likely have to engage your dog in a remedial socialization program. It would be best to stick to a handful of good doggy friends that have proven over the years to have gotten along well with your dog. 

Create new positive memories

What your dog needs now is to feel understood, protected, cherished. He needs to feel safe and relaxed to create new good and positive memories and forget about the attack.

Cuddle with your dog more, when you go on walks make sure to always end them on a  positive note. Praise your dog lavishly so that these new events help at least partially take the edge off the fearful memories.

And lastly, keep in mind that how quickly the dog recovers varies from one dog and another, and other variables such as level of owner commitment, how severely the dog was impacted, and how well the dog’s environment can be managed to prevent any future negative encounters.

Extra tip #1: You might want to get help from a dog trainer or behavior professional. Using humane, positive-based behavior modification methods the professional will assess the attacked dog and figure the best way to help him out.

Extra tip #2: If your dog was attacked by another dog, see your vet. Even if your dog presents with fairly small puncture wounds in the skin, these may be just the tip of the iceberg. There may be damage underneath the skin that is far more serious and extensive due to the tearing and shearing due to a dog’s large canine teeth, warn veterinary surgeons Dr. Tara Britt and Dr. Christopher Thacher.