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Old 11-16-2012, 12:30 PM
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I have always wondered, IF heaven forbid...a dog wearing such a shirt did bite someone, if it would increase the owner's liability
Even if it did, it's not like we would have lied about it anyways. I know he's aggressive, my friends know he's aggressive, 90% of our extended family knows he's aggressive, it wouldn't be an easy fact to hide if anyone asked around.

I was looking at Cafepress and saw a few that were decent, I wish the lettering was a little bolder though, but I didn't finish looking. DINOS has one but it says "please give me space" and I don't know if that's really the message I want, he doesn't need a wide birth, you just can't try and touch him.

There are these as well:
http://www.zazzle.com/colorbulls/pet+clothing

But I don't think people would get the finger pushing the button as do not touch and I like the idea of a symbol, not just words. I know could with the caution sign, not sure if that's the best message to send though.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:36 PM
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Oh, here are some I sort of like, I'd probably get 2nd one just for clarity, though the first one is really what I'd like people to do lol.

http://www.zazzle.com/in_training_ma...24940255147343

http://www.zazzle.com/customizable_s...53173656331717


Has anyone got a dog shirt from zazzle before? I'm hoping they are made decently.
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Old 11-16-2012, 12:39 PM
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I have always wondered, IF heaven forbid...a dog wearing such a shirt did bite someone, if it would increase the owner's liability.
Yes, it would.

I don't think it would help, especially in the house. Keep him crated or separated for the holidays unless you can leash and closely watch him.
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I've never used Zazzle, but I've heard good things through the grapevine.

Gambit's shirt was homemade. I just got a white T-Shirt that fit him and a stop sign patch that was iron-on (Domestic skills? Nope, dont' have them!).
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Maybe this on a shirt, lol?

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Old 11-16-2012, 03:47 PM
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I don't think it would help, especially in the house. Keep him crated or separated for the holidays unless you can leash and closely watch him.
If he is separated he screams, barks, howls, and slams himself into doors/dig against them, it's not something we can have happen when we have company. He is ALWAYS leashed to me and I spend the entire time watching him closely when we have people over he does not already know. It's just annoying when you tell people like 5 times not to touch him, to ignore him, and they just do what they want. Though the near bite incident that occurred this summer has gotten around the family a bit and now certain people are terrified of him, which isn't what I wanted either. The only way that I could have prevented that incident was to have literally screamed at the person (since I told him to stop as he reached for Tucker (and had already told him several times earlier that he was not friendly and could not be pet) and he blatantly ignored me) or made physical contact with the person. Which I guess would have been better than risking a bite, it just goes against all of my social instincts. I had my guard down too, Tucker was laying quietly beside me eating bird seed off the ground, I was talking to the guy about random stuff, I had already very, very clearly explained to this guy earlier that Tucker was not friendly (my dad told him too), so I really didn't expect him to try and pet him. I just feel that maybe if there was a shirt with a big "do not pet" right where the person's hand would go it could have prevented something like that.

Honestly the only thing that would be 100% safe is me and Tucker locking ourselves in a room. He wouldn't be silent (he'd go off every time he heard their voice-we did this over the summer when my brother had people over, the poor dog looked like he was having a 4 hour long anxiety attack the entire time people were here and they weren't even on the same floor as us. He paced and panted the entire time and if he heard a voice he barked his head off. I gave him a doggy frozen yogurt but he wouldn't eat it, I was on the verge of tears by the end of the night) but he'd be better than if he were by himself, and he couldn't hurt anyone. But then I'd miss the entire party, which is fine for certain things, but not really Christmas. but if I had to choose between confining him by himself (even if no one could hear him) and missing the party to be with him, I'd miss the party. I honestly think confining him by himself in the house while he knows there are strangers there is akin to torture, I think he'd hurt himself trying to get out.


This Christmas we are probably only having people he knows over anyways...my grandparents and one of my aunts, so I don't think it's going to be a huge issue this year. We rotate the "big family Christmas" through all of the aunts+uncles and we are not hosting this year.


I don't know, we just want to try and keep people safe while still trying to enjoy the parties. He is fairly calm if he's leashed and people ignore him, a lot calmer than if he can't watch the people, but it's obviously less safe to have him out than to have him confined.
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Is it possible to work on familiarizing him to a Baskerville muzzle?
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Old 11-16-2012, 04:38 PM
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I have been working on getting him used to a muzzle, not a baskerville, just a regular basket muzzle. It was going pretty well actually, but then I went back to school. I will continue with it whenever I'm home. I want to cut it a bit so it's easier to get treats in, but I'm not sure what I could cut out that would allow easy treat giving without compromising the muzzle's function. Maybe I should just buy the baskerville, it doesn't look too expensive. If I can get him used to it though, that would be a good idea. He could be out, leashed, and be unable to bite anyone if there was an accident. I'll make working on the muzzle our main focus when I'm home.
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Old 11-16-2012, 05:16 PM
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I actually thought of a muzzle after my last post. I think it sounds like the safest option, and what he'd be most comfortable in.

Honestly, without a muzzle, I wouldn't want to risk it. People have thick heads, think the dog will love them anyway even if he's scared of everyone else, don't listen, etc...and they also think because he's small they can handle a bite without potentially needing stitches or anything.

And, as someone who worked at a personal injury law firm, don't think for a second just because someone is a family member or friend that they won't sue you for a dog bite.

If I was in your position, I'd try to keep him separate, whether crated in the room, or even kept outside or in a garage for a short time...or possibly sedate him in another room, if it's just a once-a-year thing.
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Old 11-16-2012, 11:10 PM
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I really like the look of these leash badges!
Hmmm do you think people would notice these? For a long time I have wanted some type of "do not pet" thing for Juno.... but I don't have anything to attach a badge or something to. Soo I like the concept of these leash badges but I can't decide if people would actually even see it or not.

This is really directed to anyone to give an opinion on lol I knowyou haven't used one Fran
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