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Old May 28th, 2012, 07:55 AM   21
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Take him to the Vet, they'll know of people who do behavioural assessments and see what they think. Probably just needs some training.



 
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Old May 28th, 2012, 08:27 AM   22
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Thank you for giving him another chance, it seems it was more of a nip than a bite. but first things first is a vet visit. dogs in pain most likely don't show it and will nip/bite if they're provoked even if it's something they were used to before.


First and probably only rule is NEVER LEAVE DOG AND ANY CHILD UNSUPERVISED.



 
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Old May 28th, 2012, 08:34 AM   23
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Awww I smiled at what you said about your dog, I can imagine a dog biting with no teeth would be cute lol X
LOL it is cute it takes the sadness away of him being so old an having so little time left with us. He is the sweetest dog on earth and I honestly can't wait for him to meet baby I'm glad he adopted me
Bless him, he sounds lovely x



 
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Old May 28th, 2012, 08:35 AM   24
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Sorry but i think getting him put to sleep is a little harsh, he didnt break any skin and its certainly not a regular thing. I dont know why he did it, but i did try and move past him while i said "move" and he snapped at my foot. Perhaps my tone of voice threatened him, or moving past him while saying it made him feel cornered. He has no problems with me, ive lived in the same house as him for a year now. Hes been very protective and loving during the pregnancy which is why i was so shocked.
I agree that putting him to sleep is definatly extreme and unnecessary. I worked as a vet tech for many years and have two dogs myself. Both of my dogs have snapped at one of us once, hey, they're dogs and that's sometimes how they communicate BUT you have to correct that behavior immediately. I don't mess around with my dogs, if that happened to me (it wouldn't have btw because of how they've been trained) my dog would have gotten a rude awakening that made her definatly think twice before doing it again. Don't get the wrong idea, I don't beat my dogs or anything, but as was said you have to let the dog know YOU are above them in the pecking order at that moment, that's what another dog who was the "alpha" would do. I know it's hard not to be scared, but dogs for sure sense that and it will empower them.

Since this was a one time incident and it's unlike the dog, it probably was that you scared him, but regardless you can't just let it go. You can't correct that incident now, it's too late, but since it happened when you asked him to move, I'd just do that periodically. When he's laying down or sleeping etc. do what you did when he snapped and if he has a bad reaction like that, correct it immediatly. Even if a dog's first instinct is to bite in a situation, you CAN train them to react more appropriately.

My dogs will just quickly move away from a situation they don't like and if I need my dog to move out of my way, I don't care if I scream and scare the day lights out of them, they know it's never ok to bite, they just move, fast.

If it never happens again then don't worry about it, but if you "practice" asking him to move the way you did and he gets snippy, I'd call in a trainer to help you with him. While you're at it I'd also make sure the dog doesn't have an aggresssive reaction to other things that are bound to happen once you have a little one crawling around, like can you take his food away while he's eating? etc. You should be able to touch him anywhere (including ears and tail) at anytime, even while he's sleeping, stuff like that.



 
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Old May 28th, 2012, 08:42 AM   25
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It's too bad your boyfriend isn't willing to give away the dog. There's no way I would want that dog around my baby. And if you're afraid of it, that says a lot. Perhaps he can make sure the dog lives only in a few rooms and stays away from you and the baby at all times. Or perhaps he has family members who are willing to take the dog for the 1st or 2nd year of the baby's life... Sorry you're in this situation.



 
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Old May 28th, 2012, 13:07 PM   26
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Yay for giving him another chance!! i really hope you can feel more comfortable around him very soon and also that this was an isolated situation.

Is he neutered?

My dog has definitely changed is behaviour the last couple or weeks or so, somehow I guess he knows I'm pregnant so he wants to be next to me all day, If I go to pee and don't close the door completely he will push it with his nose to make sure I'm there and he wants my attention ALL THE TIME, if I;m sitting he will poke my feet with his nose until I pet him or scratch his belly.

It is weird but they do know and probably better than we think what is going on.

Hope your doggy behaves for his own good



 
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Yay for giving him another chance!! i really hope you can feel more comfortable around him very soon and also that this was an isolated situation.

Is he neutered?

My dog has definitely changed is behaviour the last couple or weeks or so, somehow I guess he knows I'm pregnant so he wants to be next to me all day, If I go to pee and don't close the door completely he will push it with his nose to make sure I'm there and he wants my attention ALL THE TIME, if I;m sitting he will poke my feet with his nose until I pet him or scratch his belly.

It is weird but they do know and probably better than we think what is going on.

Hope your doggy behaves for his own good
Yeah hes been giving me cuddles all day since so i guess it was just a wrong place wrong time sort of situation. Nah hes not neutered, but he will be getting done soon.

P.s i LOVE your avatar haha.



 
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Old May 28th, 2012, 13:22 PM   28
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I think any dog is capable of biting, you can never trust a dog 100%. You could of just caught him wrong or maybe hes not feeling well, if a dog really wanted to attack you they would and if they wanted to do damage they would. Try not to panic and get upset (easier said than done) but maybe as others have said you could speak to your vet or an animal behaviorist. If you really don't feel comfortable with the dog your partner needs to except this and put you first. Our dog can have off days where she would rather be left alone. This is totally fixable even if you do re-home the dog you could just say not suitable with kids (if that's how you felt).
Good luck and don't stress yourself out, there's always a solution x



 
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I miss my doggy so much He's in NZ with my parents while we wait to get a job there... hopefully soon, I want my doggy back!!!



 
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Old May 28th, 2012, 13:26 PM   30
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I have a dog that had a couple of snapping episodes and it was always situational - It is always by the doorway when we are trying to leave. She got very territorial over the front door and getting out of the house became a daily chore.

I got a behaviourist to come and work with me and we can now get her away from the door, make her sit in her bed and do as she is told. The behaviourist explained to me that she had what is called fear agression - she associates people leaving through the front door with something fearful (not wanting to be left on her own) so we did a lot of work to make her understand that when we left the house, we would come back and built this up over time.

I no longer have a problem when someone knocks at the door or if i want to leave, i make her sit in her bed - then I open the door and do what I have to do.

She is also possessive over certain types of foods and as a result she no longer gets bones she can guard or parade around like "this is miiinnnneee....looookk what iiiiiii have". If she doesn't eat something straight away then she doesnt have it.

I think you have to give the dog a chance and at the very least get the dog checked for any illness and rule out anything that is making it behave differently, then go down the behaviourist route - honestly, it was the best thing I EVER did and made me regain confidence in my dog again when i felt like everything had failed. My fur baby is a lot happier too now that we understand each other and we are on the same page. I also learnt a lot about her breed too - she is a border collie, they do nip & herd at times as this is part of thier natural behaviour but the way she behaved got out of control and we had to do something to fix it.

Having said all of this - I would NEVER leave a child alone with my dog, or any dog for that matter. As much as i trust her - it's just not worth the risk. She is fabulous with my friends children who come to visit a lot and is always licking and playing with them (probably because they will play endlessley with her & throw a toy!)..... but i dont think you should ever trust any animal 100% with a child.

Another thing i would recommend is a product called a DAP collar. It is a plastic collar which releases pheremones which nursing mothers (dog mummies - not human mummies) give off to puppies when they are tiny. This relaxes the dog and helps to chill them out. It might be worth investing in one of these before the baby comes along so that the dog associates the baby with this calm feeling. There is also a product on the market called Zylkene which does the same kind of thing and it diffuses any stressful situations. Making life easier for you & dog!

I use both the DAP collar and Zylkene for stressful situations - moving house, fireworks night, if we go away on holiday & we leave her with family for more than a week..... I know that her anxiety is fed by her worrying that we are not going to return and I've finally found something that works for her and it works really well. My behaviourist recommended both of these

Sorry for my extra extra long post!!

T xx



 
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