coworker's dog bit my dog, what to say?
March 11, 2014 11:46 AM Subscribe
A coworker's dog was acting incredibly viciously at the dog park and bit my dog, causing puncture wounds. What should I say to this guy about what happened, and should I offer any advice about handling his dog?
posted by permiechickie to Pets & Animals (17 answers total)
Someone who is a friend of my coworker from grad school recently got a job at my workplace and moved here from another state. When my friend coworker told me that new coworker had a dog, a big St. Bernard, I suggested we go to the dog park on Saturday with my boyfriend and the dog (lab mutt) that we own. When we got to the dog park and the dogs met each other, the St. Bernard immediately snapped and bit my dog with no provocation. It happened really quickly, and the St. Bernard bit my dog on her butt as she was trying to get away. My dog never gets into fights and absolutely did nothing to provoke this. We didn't immediately notice any damage and continued into the park, thinking it was just a bad meeting. As we got to the part of the park where people generally let their dogs off leash, we let the dogs get a little close again to see if it was a one off thing, but the St. Bernard lunged again and tried to bite my dog. I was feeling pretty bad about the St. Bernard at this point. After about 10 more minutes of walking, New Coworker let his dog off leash (!!!) and his dog ran off to meet some other dogs. I was thinking that this was a terrible idea, but I'm really shy and didn't say anything. In about five minutes, the St. Bernard bit someone else's dog and New Coworker ran after her to break it up, and kept her on a leash (but still at the dog park) thereafter. New Coworker went walking around the park with one of his friends, and later came to hang out in the open field area where a bunch of dogs were off leash. At some points off-leash dogs (I kept my dog far away) came to sniff around the St. Bernard, but she would lunge, snarl and try to bite any dog that came near, although thankfully she didn't attempt to bite any humans and seemed totally fine around people.
New Coworker didn't seem phased by any of this behavior, insisted that his dog had been to dog parks before and was fine, and didn't inquire into whether my dog was ok. My dog seemed ok and wasn't noticeably bleeding. The day after this all happened, my boyfriend shaved the area where the St. Bernard bit our dog and found two large puncture wounds where the St. Bernard had bitten her. He's keeping an eye on them and will take her to the vet if they don't heal in a couple days or start to look infected.
I feel that I need to talk to my coworker about his dog's behavior. My boyfriend told me that if he has to take our dog to the vet he will send the guy the bill. I really hate confrontation with people, but I feel that this guy needs to know that his dog's behavior is serious. If my dog had been smaller or had been bitten on the neck or face, she could have been seriously injured or killed. If this dog gets loose somehow it could kill another dog. What should I say to this guy, and are there any constructive suggestions I can offer about what he can do?