My Dog Bit Someone What to do???????????

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My Dog Bit Someone What to do???????????
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Mon, 10-12-2009 - 8:17pm

I am seeking advice. Our dog is going to be 3 in March. He is great with our kids. We have 4. 13,11, and 5 year old twins. Anyway he was down by the street at the end of our driveway with all of the kids. And a couple walking by with there dog. Both of the dogs were barking. Well when the couple walked past. Hummer bit the man in the butt.He has never bit anyone. He is a very people person always with myself or the kids. The lady said that once they bight. They continue. I have called my vet and they referred me to behavior specialist. That want's 400 just to see him. I would love any advice.
Kindly,
Barb
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Mon, 10-12-2009 - 8:19pm
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Tue, 10-13-2009 - 11:30am

Hi Barb and Welcome to the Board.

 
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Tue, 10-13-2009 - 12:30pm
Hi Laura,
Hummer is a Portuguese Waterdog. I think that because the kids were their he was guarding them and our home. They said that it was completely unprovoked. They had their dog on a leash and Hummer was not. The fact that he bit him unprovoked and while he was walking away is a great concern. If I am in the car and a man walks by he will bark protectively. Also anyone that comes to the house he will do the same. Until I say that it is okay. But he has never bit anyone. I even had him at the dog park the day before and their were kids men and of course dog's and he was fine.He used to be dominant at the park but our neighbors grand dog has bit him a few times and broke skin and now he is submissive. They don't play anymore either. Oh and he was neutered when he was 1. I will not be letting him out of the yard with out a leash. Our first dog Marin nipped at our son when he was 2. Jacob was playing with her food. The vet said NEVER allow kids near their food. And she never bit anyone again.
Thank you so much for taking the time to offer me your advice.
Kindly,
Barb
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Tue, 10-13-2009 - 8:07pm

First and foremost, I wouldn't have him loose outside without a leash anymore. There are just too many potential dangers for him and possibly those with whom he comes in contact.


This may very well just be an isolated incident and he could have been provoked by something the couple didn't even notice. It's possible that just keeping him contained (such as behind a fence) or on a leash will prevent something like this happening again and that will be the end of it. Since the only time he would run into strangers would be while on a leash and supervised by you, you would be able to control the situation much better. But if you notice on walks that he's developing a pattern of aggression around strangers, then I do agree with the vet that a behaviorist is a good idea because you'll want to nip that in the bud.

  Jenn 
CL-JENNBOS73

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Tue, 10-13-2009 - 10:48pm

Thank's Jenn,

We will not be letting him run free anymore. And I have told the kids that the gate need's to be shut anytime they are outside. And that Hummer can't leave the yard without a leash. Lucky for me he is such a people person. He is always next to me. And only want's to go outside with me or the kids. We love him so. Thank you for your kind advice.
Kindly,
Barbooops I meant to post this under Questions. Sorry




Edited 10/13/2009 10:59 pm ET by iluvcarats
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Tue, 10-20-2009 - 6:59pm

Those all sound like great steps to take and Hummer does sound like a friendly guy so hopefully that was just a freak occurrence where something happened that really rattled him or made him protective of your children. It's very possible the couple just didn't notice or are even downplaying what happened.

  Jenn 
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