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Old 01-07-2005, 01:25 PM
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I'm crying. Addie was laying on the futon, like any other day. I bent down to hug her...pet her.......suddenly, she freaked out and bit me and broke the skin. Hammie was upstairs, so it had nothing to do with him. What the heck could be the problem????? She has NEVER acted this way. And, like I said, I was just petting her. I am really crying...I am so upset. She is usually so docile and sweet..I have no idea. It isn't like I scared her or something...she was fully awake..........and she bit me. I'm so crushed. I have no idea.
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Old 01-07-2005, 01:54 PM
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Aww. I'm sure there's a reason.
Have you noticed anything different about her? Even a slight thing?
Is she spayed?
Does she seem to be in pain?
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Old 01-07-2005, 02:33 PM
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Serena, she's just been to the vet..all was ok with her health. She has been her usual good natured self until today...I really haven't a clue what set her off....Ham was sleeping upstairs...it was our usual day. Nothing happening...just boogling in. I just decided to hug her.........and WHAM she bites me. I didn't frighten her...she was awake. She was laying on the futon....seemed happy. I was on the computer (same room). I got off the computer...went to her, hugged her, starting the petting........WHAM...she suddenly freaks out...bites me. I am so clueless. If Ham was in the room, I would have thought it was a dominance issue. Yes, she has been a major diva about sharing ANYTHING..but Ham wasn't in the area.??? Don't mean to make a big deal.....but my little Addie girl has NEVER been aggressive in her life. I cannot imagine why she would suddenly bite me........I am still crying. I just don't know what to do. Please, don't make me feel bad..........just help me here.
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Old 01-07-2005, 02:43 PM
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Just a thought, something I've noticed with my current and past dog.... I'm sure sometimes that when they appear to be awake but are relaxed they can be daydreaming or virtually asleep.

Bonnie (current dog) sometimes gives off a very light growl if I stroke her in this state, then almost seems to 'come to' and realise whats going on.... or if she doesn't I'll call her name quite positively and she'll seem to 'come to'

maybe - and its just a guess - your dog could have been off daydreaming and been somehow startled.... and gone into a defensive mode?
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Old 01-07-2005, 02:46 PM
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Oh Debi - I would be upset too. I don't really have any advice b/c I don't know why she would do that to you, but I wanted you to know I would feel very hurt if my dog did that to me too. I can remember that happened to me with my dog when I was a child, and it hurt my feelings so bad. But she was asleep when I did it to her, but I cried too. I would still cry to this day if that happened.

Maybe she was in a weird mood and just wanted to be left alone? do they do that?

I am so sorry, have you tried to go back to see what she does since that happened? What would Hammie have done if he had seen that happen?
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Old 01-07-2005, 03:19 PM
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Oh bogolove...yes, you seem to 'get it'.. I haven't a clue what happened. One minute life was calm........next thing ya know...WHAM. Addie bites me...and breaks the skin.........OUCH!! Then I am bleeding...geez. My little baby girl............and she bites me. OH MAN, sorry to seem so dramatic. Don't want to be a pain,...............but any ideas?? I am so sad.
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Old 01-07-2005, 03:43 PM
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Serena....as for her posture...........same old usual self. She seemed so fine, so loving...........cuddling up to me and loving being petted. I do make my pack leader clear.........even if she seems like the little diva...It is ME..........that rules.

But I am so open to suggestions... she came in like her usual little sweet self.. then she fell asleep on the futon. Like I said, Ham was upstairs, so not problem there. Ham came downstairs...and all heck broke loose.....YIKES.

Ok, guys........I am totally lame. I have failed doggie 101.

Serena..she gave me no warning..........just suddenly bit. ( I do treat her like the little diva. I've always acknowledged her as alpha dog.

I am just sad....so I leave you tonight.
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Old 01-09-2005, 01:29 AM
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Maybe she was grumpy. Or maybe what you were wearing, the color or how you smelled. Sometimes dogs don't like a certain color or smell. Or maybe she was concentrating on a fly or bird or something then you interupt her. I would do it again just to see if she will do it again. If she does then she has issues. You gotta start showing her whose the boss in the house.
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Old 01-09-2005, 04:50 AM
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Hi

I know I'm new and everything but I have had a similar wake up call with my collie. He didn't bite, but he snapped when we tried to take his bone away the other day. First time.

Now he's 10 months old so I know he's hitting the bratty teenage stage full on, and now is the time he will test the waters. However it's also made me really *look* at his behaviour and most importantly, look at *my* behaviour!

I realised that he had been acting brattier for a while and part of the problem was while I asserted my authority in some ways (making him sit/drop for dinner etc), I was still giving him attention when he wanted it and with attention on tap, why should he respect me?

The point is, I don't think she was being 'aggressive' as such, but hugging is a dominant gesture on your part and if she's suddenly reacting to this, it really does sound like she was asserting her authority.

Maybe you should just toughen up what you are already doing? Are you already practising NILIF?

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Old 01-09-2005, 10:16 AM
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Hugging a dog or holding the dog on either side of it's head, to a dog resembles the language they use when aggressing one another or challenging. This hugging of your dog up close put her on the defensive. Sometimes we forget that they're dogs and not people. Many dogs don't recognise a hug as a sign of affection. Hugging is like another dog's teeth on their neck. Having your face in their face is like another dog's stare which is a sign of aggression to your dog. That is not their body language for affection. Don't be crushed. Your dog loves you, but this threw her off.

Couch privelges need to stop for now. You need to make sure she knows that you're her leader. Do you do obedience training on a regular basis? Here's a site that will help with re-affirming you as the one to look up to. This and your understanding of dog language should help.

http://www.ddfl.org/behavior/nilif.htm
http://www.hilltopanimalhospital.com...ggression1.htm
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