Our (neutered) Yorkie mix (Colby shown below) was viciously attacked by a neighbor's 6yo female (unneurtered) German Shepherd about a week ago on our property. Thankfully, the neighbors have paid for the vet bill, which was over $700, because Colby had serious injuries that required surgery. He came home last Wednesday with a drain tube, which was removed yesterday, but he still has quite a few stitches.
Well, he is healing. And he is resting a lot. He really doesn't do anything but lay around. He is still shaking a lot, and resists moving even when he hasn't gone to potty in over twelve hours. He is not very responsive, but rather just hangs his head and trembles.
As I said the attack was vicious. The dog shook Colby while she had him in her mouth, and my 10yos and I could NOT get her off. My husband, whom had only been home a few minutes, had to get her off. And even when Colby was freed, she went after him again to finish him off. :( We were all very traumatized by it.
I am just concerned about Colby. I know that it's only been a week, and he needs more time to heal. But he's just so despondent. And I don't know whether to insist on obedience, or to give him leeway.
What do I need to expect of him as far as coming when called, and such. Just this morning, he ate his food well. He has an appetite, thankfully. But afterwards, his legs just shook and he just stood with his nose pressing up against the cabinet. He wouldn't even back up or sit back, realizing he was so close. I didn't instruct him at all, I just sat back and observed him. It was like his mind wasn't working well enough to tell him to step back so that he could move.
I understand that it has only been a week, and that he has been under a huge amount of stress from the pain and trauma. I just have never treated an injured dog before, and am clueless about how to approach obedience issues so that we don't end up with a complete brat after all is said and done. He is a Yorkie, and didn't have a high need to please prior. He was mostly food motivated when it came to training.
Well, I'd love to hear your thoughts and opinions, as long as they are kind. We are still recovering from the trauma ourselves, and really don't need harsh words at this time. But I'd love to hear your suggestions on how we should treat Colby, as far as, coddling vs. tough love approaches. :)