Question by MOLLY: Dog being “abused” by ANOTHER DOG?
My friend has two dogs – one is a great dane named Chief (he’s full-grown but only a year old so he is very playful) and the other is a sixth month old lab puppy named Lucy. They live in a large pin, a little bigger than an eighteen wheeler truck. Chief is abusive to Lucy. My friend doesn’t know if he is hurting her because he does not like her or if he is just trying to play. She has cuts on her face and some brush burns on her arms 🙁 Today they noticed the cuts on her face and took her out of the pin (the cuts are recent because they feed the dogs every day). Lucy is very skinny because Chief doesn’t let her eat…? (To me this is very strange) I was at her house today and we tried to call Lucy’s name. She came but when she saw us, my friend went up to her and she ran away. She will run away at every noise she hears and at the moment she sees a person (She will come back after a few seconds). My friend even tried to go up to her and pet her but she backed away.
I am almost positive she is so scared because of being scratched and jumped on by Chief and not even allowed to eat. My friend said things have always been this way (but more subtle) for Chief and Lucy but they get more abusive.

I am almost positive Lucy’s fear comes from the harm Chief has done to her. How can we help her become a normal dog and recover from this? I feel so sorry for her because she is scared of everyone and everything – even her owner
I just texted my friend and she said that Lucy is spending the night in the garage. She said her father wanted to find her a new home but her little sister is too attached to Lucy to give her away… I’m not sure how often they walk her or let her out. She said that her father is going to get a seperate fence for her. I guess this well help the problem but I am worried about the emotional damage. I know my friend realizes Lucy is scared of everything but I’m not sure if she realizes how damaging it is to the poor puppy. This is why I want to help her recover.
I was at my friend’s house when her father was feeding Lucy which was when he noticed the cuts. She said that they would play, and it would look rough, but she hasn’t shown any physical signs of damage until now. (I’m guessing this is the first time unless they didn’t notice before) I know my friend or her family did not do this to Lucy because they want to help her.. but I don’t think they realize the importance of helping her mentally.. From what I am understanding is they are only concerned about helping her physically by seperating her and trying to feed her more to gain weight.

Best answer:

Answer by nickipettis
it doesn’t matter if Chief think s or knows he is abusing Lucy.

Lucy must be removed from that environment. Or Chief must be removed. Lucy is scared to death; please don’t let her stay there. the longer the 2 dogs live together, the harder it will be to train Lucy to trust humans or other dogs.

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