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Being attacked or bitten by a dog can be physically and emotionally devastating. Dog bites occur every 75 seconds in the United States. This slideshow will discuss what steps to take following a dog bite or other dog-related injury. I made eye contact with Johan and shook my head, because I didn’t want him to punish Rodrigo.
What really disturbed me about getting bit by my dog is that I was able to quickly assess the situation. Looking back, it’s obvious that Rodrigo was resource guarding and nipped at me to keep me from getting the ice cream that he claimed as his own.
Know your dog’s body language so that you can ward off aggression or stress before it gets that far. If your dog tends towards regular aggression, you might want to curb aggressive games like tug-of-war. If you’re having a difficult time with your dog, reach out to a professional dog trainer for help. I find it fascinating that we belong to a community that understands our culpability when our dogs behave badly or out of character. It such a good habit to create; we do the same with our dogs when playing gets a little to rough. My hubby got his foot bit really hard the other day but it was because the dog was playing rough with a toy at his feet and.


A long time ago, I helped a friend of mine who did Doberman rescue and during that time, the two of us would have long conversations about dog behavior. Thanks for the insight, Kathy – I never thought about what Rodrigo may have felt about me walking away. My sister and I had a big fight one night in the living room and silly mom decided to break it up and in the heat of the moment I bit mom thinking she was my sister. I knowingly adopted a dog with a bite history (created by the previous family) and knew no matter what I’d go through with her that I would never abandon her or have her euthanized.
Giving up a dog for that wouldn’t make sense and I do think majority of people, especially if inexperienced with dogs would take it personally, blame the dog and not reflect on what they themselves may have done to cause it. Ours weren’t really hard either (except the finger confused for a bone) it was more of an hit with the teeth rather than a bite. In dog first aid class they warn you that dogs will often when you try to help because they are in pain…one of the reasons you found that dogs bite. Mom was startled but so worried that Katie and I would hurt each other that she did nothing about it since it was on obvious accident and she just needed to separate us. Honestly, this is one of those topics that most of us, as dog owners, like to steer clear of, not wanting to talk about or being too embarrassed to admit to. Dogs can have amazing control of their bites and games of tug (with proper rules) can help reinforce this.
Don’t be afraid to take it apart and examine all of its pieces with someone who might be able to offer you a few more something elses to think about.


It all goes back to understanding and training and thankfully you took the time to think this through and aren’t ignorant to what was going on. In my case, my Cavalier is the sweetest thing ever and sometimes I have to remind myself that not all dogs are like teddy bears, so to use caution around unfamiliar animals. Thanks for reminding us to persevere with our dogs, even if they do something unexpected like this. My previous dog Sephi, who passed away at age ten in 2011, went through a phase when she was about two years old. I just left him there and kind of ignored him – until I could speak with our trainer. Because of his food drive (he was a Beagle), we had to crate him until dinner was over and done with. We had him maybe 10 days, he was still weaning off the Prozac they had him on at the shelter and that probably was a factor. I knew Jack was big, excitable, with minimal manners – I asked a lot (too much) of a dog who had just found a new home after a year in a shelter. Socialization is so critical, and I admit I am weak on that – I tend to avoid rather than face it and work with him and teach him proper behavior.



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