Loving, but biting dog (7 replies)
My boyfriend has a 7(almost 8) year old dotson minpin that I have been around daily for about 7 months now, but have known this dog for over a year. He and I have a very loving relationship and I've become the mama of this little guy! I love him to pieces and he's never given me (personally) any sign of aggression. Three nights ago while we were all in bed for the night , he was laying on my chest kissing my face as he normally does and a split second later got all crazy and bit my face. Neither I nor my boyfriend have been able to identify any single thing that could have triggered him- not only was it a familiar activity but even a routine activity while in bed. we went to the emergency room and I got 6 stitches in my upper lip. I have not seen the dog since. He has a history of biting , but we know the triggers : unfamiliar hands reaching down to pet him, etc. I (fortunately it wasn't a stranger) am the first person who have required stitches. But the question is : now what? My boyfriend thinks the responsible decision to make is to rehome him to somebody that can suit his needs and be able to put the work into his happiness. My bf doesn't seem to budge on this solution. While I'm afraid I can't trust This dog anymore, I love him and know how much he means to my boyfriend whom I also love (he's had the dog for 5 years.) we've been in communication with a friend who is a dog trainer / behaviorist who also fears this might be the responsible decision. what can be done? I feel so guilty , but I know there's nothing I couldve done differently to prevent the bite. all of our support system is at a loss in terms of advice. I will miss this pup terribly though our relationship is now tainted. If anybody has gone through A similar situation id appreciate your empathetic thoughts during this tough time.
*i should note that medical complications that may have resulted in the bite have already been ruled out.
*also should note that while a dog sleeping in the bed isn't necessarily the best choice , it has become this dog's norm since he was adopted 5 years ago.
HI Srd! Firstly, I sympathize - this has to be an incredibly difficult situation for you both to face. I think the first thing that comes to mind for me is wondering if you and your boyfriend can possibly "retrain" him to sleep elsewhere. I know it would be something different for the pup but if he is rehomed, he is looking at a whole new scenario anyways.
It's important to try and understand why he may have bitten. Could there have been a loud noise or something that startled him? Was it aggression? Dominance? Is he in pain? There are a few factors to consider there.
I feel for you all, it's a really tough situation!
Thank you so much for your response. We've theorized that it could be bed dominance. Perhaps the darkness of the room may have been a factor? Additionally we've recalled my bf holding him And he was growling, maybe because of the way he was holding him - we're not sure. He let him go, he came over to lay on me and kiss my face then bit me. Did not growl at me however. I am not angry, upset, nor was I ever. Is it conceivable for me to be in his presence again ?
Every dog and every situation is different, so it's hard to say. I know were it me in your shoes, I would have no problem being around the dog, but I probably wouldn't have him on the bed with me, if that makes sense?
Wondering if Srd is around, I'd love an update! <3 And a photo because I am a sucker for dogs xD
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