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User Topic: Change in Behavior in Dog
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Default  Posted: 9:46 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

My 5 year old Great Dane (female) bit me this morning. Hard enough to draw blood, but no need for stitches.

I was clipping her nails, something that we have done probably 50 times or more in her life.

This morning she would not lay down for me, would not let me at her feet. When I finally got her in submission position (her on her side, me over her holding her legs) and calmed down, I started.

Her history has never been physical. Ever since we found out about her degenerative heart disease, she has slowly been getting less and less cuddly, but never ever has she bit.

uggg, this royally sucks. I have 2 little kids and if she will bit me for a very normal reason....what if they get jazzy with her tail or yank on her ear or something.....

I know my options. Put her down, find a rescue, keep her seperated.....none are really good - all seperate her from our family.

Me: 32 MH
Him: 39 MH
New online find 6/19/14 - shit
Phone Find 11/21/14 - I can't even right now.
1/26/15 - Started IC for me, DH won't go.

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Default  Posted: 10:22 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage


I don't think you need to take any drastic measures. From what you shared about her not wanting to lay down or wanting her feet handled, she may have not been feeling well and reacted to being in such a submissive position.

I'm certainly not excusing her bad behavior, but sometimes we humans need to listen to what our pets are telling us

Biting is never good, I really hope she doesn't do it again.

"Don't give up, the beginning is always the hardest." My Mom:)

My tolerance for stupid shit is getting less and less.

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Default  Posted: 10:37 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I am going to go with not feeling well and would have the vet take a good look at her. If this hasn't been a problem in the past it's a place to start.
One thing that stuck out to me was my vet checking over our puppy at his first visit saying "Oh he lets me handle his paws nicely, it's a major warning sign for aggression when a young pup won't let you handle their paws". I had never heard that being a new dog owner. I am sharing that because it stands to reason that the paws must be a very sensitive or territorial thing for dogs and if she isn't well that may be why you got the reaction you did.

Go softly my sweet friend. You will always be a part of who I am.

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Default  Posted: 10:53 AM, October 23rd (Wednesday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I stepped on my dog once by accident and she bit me ... it was just a reaction. They react to pain that way sometimes without thinking. She was immediately horrified.

Do you think maybe you clipped a little too short or nipped her .. and she just reacted?

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