(Closed) What to do about a family dog that bites?

posted 5 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I think moving out and taking the dog with you would greatly change its behavior. Once you are the pack leader and the rules are always the same, I think your dog would be much better off.

But if you honestly aren’t able to take the dog then you need to have a serious conversation with your mom. Sit down face to face and tell her you are not taking the dog. Not when something is going wrong with the dog, and not just in passing-have an actual sit down conversation about the dog.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You could take the mean approach or the nice approach with your mom.  Look up animal bite laws in your city/state and show her what will happen to Fido if someone reported all those bites.  Otherwise, try to talk to her about how much happier well-trained dogs are, and how unhappy you are getting the shit bitten out of you all the time.

As for the dog… it needs some serious training.  You need professional help at this point.  There are lots of trainers who will come and work with you at home (and I wouldn’t do a group class unless you muzzled the dog if she’s that reactive).  But of course, for training to be effective, it has to be consistent, which means getting everyone who interacts with the dog onboard.

Man.. good luck! 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@MeiFrancis:  I’m tired when I get home from work too, and it’s nice to be able to tell my dog “say Hi” so she sits and “shakes my hand” and then tell her to go out and do her thing, “take it easy,” then “eat” and “go to your bed” if I don’t want to deal with her.  It did take some work to train her well, but she’s easy to live with!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

@MeiFrancis:  She works all the time and is just too tired when she gets home to deal with it.

Sorry, but this is not an excuse.  Your mom chose to have a pet, the pet didn’t choose her.  If she is not willing to put forth the effort into having a pet, she should not have gotten one.  There is more to pet ownership than just dropping a bowl of food on the floor every day, keeping the water bowl filled, and giving the dog a few pets or a nice snuggle when you feel like it.  Part of being a responsible pet owner is making sure your dog has at least the minimum training to keep it and the people around it safe.

Nobody is suggesting she teach the dog to dance the merengue while wearing a pretty Spanish skirt.  But she NEEDS to do everything in her power to get that dog the professional help and training needed to STOP BITING and then she needs to FOLLOW THROUGH with that training.  Her dog’s life depends on it, because one day, that dog will bite the wrong person and it will be euthanised because of it.  All because your mom was “too tired” or too lenient or whatever to deal with the dog’s bad behavior, which should have been dealt with the first time she bit somebody.

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