Our expert says:
Jammer, my Afrikaans is nie so goed nie, so ek sal in Engels antwoord. Your dog has been traumatised by this event and needs some tender loving care to recover. It is possible that he was hurt or sprayed with something, so a vet checkup may be a good idea, but it sounds like the damage was probably only psychological. Imagine it had been you - you would need counselling, perhaps drugs and probably insist on extra security on your house! You can help him recover by giving him some mild sedatives for a few weeks (Rescue Remedy, Valerian or something stronger from your vet). You need to re-assure him that everything's ok. For a few weeks let him sleep inside and take him out at night, perhaps even for a walk further from your house on a lead. Try not to comfort him (this will make him think there is definitely something wrong.), but rather be happy - pat him, play a game with him and offer him treats. Daily massage or brushing often helps to reduce anxiety so try this, especially on his muzzle and hindquarters. He may take a few weeks or months to recover and may always be nervous of certain situations, but the more patient you are with him the better. Remember a police dog that survives being shot can never be used for police work again. You have a very brave dog from the sounds of things and you can be proud that he made the effort to protect your home.
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