I have a sheltie that is 5 years old and has never ever bitten anyone, yesterday he was on the leash at the park and lunged at someone and bit them. He has growled and shown teeth before but never ever bitting another human or animal. He has been acting fine since, i am concerned that he is in pain? He has all his shots too !! Please help
If he has growled and shown his teeth before, you need to get with a behavior specialist. He is definitely aggressive and if you walk him in areas where he can bite someone else, you are liable. He has a history of aggression now. If he is showing no other signs of pain, I would say he is aggressive and take him to obedience classes. Maybe some one on one since he is a biter. Talk to a good trainer in your area. Your vet should be able to give you a referral.
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First I agree with the other posters, you need to find a trainer for the aggression thing. Then do obediance training. And depending on how he does with that, I would be seeking out someone who can help you with herding trials. Sometimes letting the dog preform the job it was intended to do, helps with frustration issues(which could be a source of his aggression). There are some breeds that just need to have a job to be content. Plus you will have a great time doing it.
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I agree with Windy. I would get your pup into some sorta class be in agility or herding. They have a high pray drive and lots of energy. If you are not properly exercising him that could be the reason for this aggression. He has built up energy that needs to be burnt. It also wouldn't hurt to see a specialist.
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Maybe I go off the deep end here, and the behavior specialist is a good idea. along with training and such.
I had a dog that was mine that bit me. I ended up with about 12 stitches in my arm, a nice scar to prove it and have early onset arthritis (i am only 28) and swelling in my arm for the rest of my life. (it broke nerve endings, tore muscle and skin) needless to say I had the dog put down, there is no way i would risk having an agressive dog, even if it only lashed out once running around my property as a liability. I would never truely trust the dog again around me or anyone else. I have my own wellbeing as well as my families to worry about, not only that but the wellbeing of others that are around the dog.
If the dog has shown its teeth, growled, etc before, this could just be a start of a long downwards spiral.
i know after my bite (and it was more extensive than this sounds) my arm swelled up to the size of my thigh, not kidding, for about 10 days. i couldn't do anything with it because it hurt so bad.
the trauma of a dog bite is not something to mess around with. think about it. the dog is shaking its head trying to rip you apart. that alone would cause pain. not to mention my whole arm (from my fingers to my shoulder) was purple.
I have been bitten as well as my husband 1 time and it was our own dogs! Two females had gotten into a fight (1 rottie and 1 pit) in the frenzy of breaking them up, I got bit on my hand and hubby threw his wrist. Hurt like hell, and even though they were our dogs and we had shot records available, the DR. still had to report the bite. Its the law! Since then we have rehomed the dogs to friends of our that had no other dogs, and the two we rehomed we see regularly and are just as sweet as they ever were, but we had a responsiblity, especially with our kids, to ensure this did not happen again. We were young and dumb at that time, since then we have invested alot of money in kennels. We do have some females and males that can run together with out ever showing teeth or growling, others we can not. Being responsible, we understand this and take precautions.
Thank you all for your suggestions, the person bitten is fine and had his leg looked at, he does have my information in case anything comes up. As for the dog to be in quarentine, I have not heard anything yet. The went to vet yesterday and the vet provided some good trainers. the dog has only growled once or twice and shown teeth a few times, however he has bitten and I do not know if I can trust him anymore, I hope that the trainer, behaviourist can help !!
sheltie, be assured that if it does come down to it, and it will be a hard decision, that rehoming this dog or possibly euthanizing this dog are not bad choices either.
if you do decide to rehome the dog; MAKE SURE you tell the people who would possibly take the dog in that the dog has shown signs of agression and actually bitten a person before. Lying or hiding it will not make it any easier on you or the people who would take the dog.
If you decide to euthanize, i just want you to know that it is a decision and an option here. I have done it and there is no way i would have been able to rehome the dog that bit me (and it was my own dog) without always wondering if it was agressive to them. Euthanzia was the only option in my mind.