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        06-08-2014, 10:51 PM
    Originally Posted by SullysRider    
    Well I was more so responding to the biting out of fear comments. I have a dog that is afraid of clippers, but he is a long haired dog and I live in TX, yesterday we had a heat index of 105. I cannot leave his hair long, even though he is an indoor dog, he obviously has to go outside. Should he bite me because he is afraid while I'm clipping him?

    I rescued him when he was around 2 years old, he had lived feral his whole life before I picked him up. The first time I put a collar on him he refused to move for 2 hrs, the first time I put a leash on him he refused to walk, when he did he crawled everywhere as long as he had a leash on (which went on for a few weeks). He was scared to walk through doorways, he was scared of human touch. He never once offered to bite, and you can bet he was plenty fearful of pretty much everything. Fear is not an excuse for a dog biting.
    No he should not, but your dog obviously understands that already and trusts you. Hence why the OPs dog need to be worked with. Your dog obviously reacts differently to fear. Sounds like he freezes when scared. I have a cat that is the exact same way.
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        06-08-2014, 11:30 PM
    Originally Posted by bitinsane    
    No he should not, but your dog obviously understands that already and trusts you. Hence why the OPs dog need to be worked with. Your dog obviously reacts differently to fear. Sounds like he freezes when scared. I have a cat that is the exact same way.
    I actually had to shave him the first day I got him for health reasons. I got him around a year ago in the middle of summer heat. I don't think being scared gives a dog a right to bite, nor makes it ok.

    Hopefully the OP's dog does not bite again, because luck is running out as far as not getting in legal trouble. Around me the dog could have been euthanized already and the request of the victim.
        06-09-2014, 12:13 AM
    If it were me, I would enroll her in obedience lessons and take her all the way through to Utility Dog. Maybe RallyO and Agility, too, for fun and to build confidence. She's a smart breed, and lessons will teach her to control her impulses and listen to you instead of herself in any given situation. I think it would help a LOT. Group lessons are not the same as teaching her yourself; they desensitize her, for one thing.
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        06-10-2014, 06:48 AM
    Honestly, I don't really understand why there is such debate about this. I do not agree that the dog should be put to sleep, but I do agree you are not the best suited home for her. That doesn't mean lock her outside, or cage her up, it means find a laid back family who has a farm / property and other dogs where she can have the run of the mill, she doesn't meet new people who may scare her, and she just gets to simply be a dog. One of my four dogs is a beagle mix and if he doesn't know you & you come into my house he will bark, and if you try to touch him, I guarantee he will bite you. Shouldn't have tried to touch him. People come over, we put the dogs in the back. Just because the dog isn't cut out for your lifestyle, doesn't mean it needs killed. & to the people saying how it's a danger and it could hurt someone, any dog can and will bite if need be. She doesn't need disciplined for giving a nip when put in a situation that stressed her out, be mindful of her past & keep her accordingly.
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        06-10-2014, 12:48 PM
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    This dog is a known biter she should not rehome it that is just as dangerous as anything else. And this dog IS a high risk dog it's not one of those "any dog can" situations, this dog is not just any dog. She is another accident waiting to happen and it's not an if it's a when because she will bite again. Dogs are put in fearful situations all the time it does not make it ok to bite sorry.
    To me living muzzled and in a kennel or locked up is no life for a dog I'd put her down. I refuse to live in fear of my dog biting someone else. Nope won't happen
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