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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-06-2002, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
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Crappy crappy crappy month

Last week one of my 3 dogs had to go to the vet for stitches to the tune of $400 + . We thought one of the other 2 dogs we own bit her but were not sure. Now my other dog had to get stitches on sunday and it was definately the dog we suspected in the first case. Another $400 + in less than 2 weeks.

I love this dog that did it but I have to get rid of her now. I am terrified that next time she will inadvertantly hurt CJ and I cannot take that risk no matter how slim. She has never been aggresive to humans or other dogs, both accidents happened when the dogs were playing and she bit them. I don't think she even realizes the damage she does.

I can't give her to anyone w/ kids or dogs knowing this. It just sucks. She is my other baby.
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I'm so sorry you have to make this decision. It's a tough one and dogs are such delightful members of the family that it sucks when you might have to give them up.

Has she had training? I'd first enroll her in classes and see if she can be taught not to bite. If she doesn't know she's doing, there are ways to teach her.

Also, call your local Humane Society and let them know the circumstances. They should be able to tell you the probability that they could adopt out a dog that bites other dogs. If they feel it will be difficult, ask around and see if a friend-of-a-friend can adopt her.

For now, keep her secluded when she doesn't have supervision.

Good luck!
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hey funky, thank you.

I thought it was a lost cause, but since you mentioned it I called a very well respected dog trainer in the area. She felt that since the dogs had been playing when it happened it was more a case of the bitten dog (both being thin skinned breeds) actually causing most of the injury by trying to pull away from the biting dog, who is a bulldog.

She said it was something we should definately take steps to avoid, but that it was very likely it would never happen again and since it was not agressive, in her opinion there was virtually no chance that it would be an issue with CJ (especially since he is now walking, she said dogs tend to have more issues with crawling infants)
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