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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-15-2007, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thumbs down Duncan bit my friend!

I didn't witness this since Duncan is away with hubby and the girls.Duncan apparently hopped on the kitchen table(where he is most definitley not allowed)and when my friend tried to get him off,he nipped him and drew blood.My friend immediatley scolded him and pinned him and put him in his crate.My friend has had dogs all his life so this is nothing new to him,but I can't explain how bad I feel.My family is weekending at their house in the country and Duncan pulls this stunt.I am so ashamed and embarrased.
I know Duncan is still a puppy but still I feel he should be better behaved.
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Just wanted to share this sad piece of news.
Has anyone else doggie nipped to the point of drawing blood.Like I said before I don't know how bad it was,but just knowing he did this makes me feel really bad.HELP!!

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Radar has never bitten anyone to the point of bloodletting so I'm afraid I can't identify with you but I have been bitten and the most damage I know is done on the Pullback. I was working at a puppy store and we had a dog that was boarding and we were grooming it and the little guy got away from us.

He bit me when I tried to pick him up, just turned around and snapped at me. No blood was drawn but I felt the pressure of the bite. Doesn't sound real good but I'm sure this was an isolated incident perhaps because it was in a different atmosphere such as the table Duncan may have not been confortable with anyone handling him on an unfamiliar surface.
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Oh, so sorry to hear that. Do you think it could have been a play bite and your friend pulled away, and caused the bleeding????

He did the right thing, teaching him it was wrong.

Good luck.

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I am so sorry to hear that about Duncan! I can only imagine how you feel! Maybe your friend picked him up to remove him from the table and touched a sensative or sore spot on him?? It is possible too that he was scared being on the table & your friend even startled him more. Thankfully your friend did the right thing & maybe he will learn from that.

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I think Duncan was just scared. Your friend is a stranger, so he probably just got frightened when he went to pick him up. The blood is probably from him pulling his hand away and getting caught by one of those sharp baby teeth.

Luckily, your friend handled the situation correctly. I know you feel bad, but now you know this is something you will have to reinforce with Duncan.

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Oh Dot. I think Duncan probably got scared when your friend went to grab him. Futhermore, being in a strange house he probably was a little nervous and jumpy to begin with. Your friend did the right thing by pinning him and putting him in his place.
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Oh my!

Dot, that's terrible I'm so sorry.

I do know that Gucci gets uncomfortable when strangers pick her up to. What I started doing was picking her up first and then handing her to the person she doesn't know. That seems to build her confidence.

She really got upset once when a neighbor picked her up, she started fidgeting and trying to jump down, but no aggresiveness, I just worry that someone will tick her off, she's selective about who she lets pick her up..but we've been working on it and she has gotten much better.

Was Duncan eating or trying to eat something?

Sounds like your friend handled it the best way, but I surely know how you feel. I'll be staying with friends at the end of month and I hope and pray she's on her best behavior, especially around the toddler..she hasn't been around too many toddlers.

I would also try to treat her when the friend tries to pick him up again and be RIGHT there reassuring Duncan that everything is okay.

So sorry this happened!!!!!!

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aww...he is still a puppy. Don't let it bother you too much, I know you feel bad. Your friend handled the situation well and it's great that he is a dog person so I'm sure he understands. That would bother me too though.
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Being a puppy is not an excuse for biting. I would get him inrolled in dog classes and make sure he views all family members as being alpha. True that he probably won't bite again, but would you hate it if he does and nothing was done to prevent it?

When my big dog started growling, I had to get it undercontrol quikly, because if he ever does bite, I will loose him.

So even though he is young it is important to make sure it won't happen again...

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I would agree to get all over that and get some training right awa. My maltese is pretty alpha and would quickly try to take the position. She has only ever tried to bite me when I took a bone away. I slammed her down so fast and didn't let it happen. She has snapped a few times when being brushed, when I made her go in the house, and I very quickly remind her who is boss. She has also done this to my husband-he isn't scared of her but more upset that she would do it. Afterwards, he has really done things to make sure that he is alpha and now their relationship is better. I am glad your friend did what he did because a lot of people back away and then the dog learns that behavior. This is the best thing that could have happened. Hopefully, this is a one time occurence and Duncan learned from your friend. I would just make sure Duncan quickly learns who the alpha is.


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