I have an almost 2 year old mini Dacshund. Aside from barking when people come near the house she is usually pretty mellow. Today my son fell asleep on the floor and when I went to lift him up to take him to bed, she bit his arm. It looked like she was trying to pull on his sleeve then she made a noise like she makes when she is playing with a rope toy and then she bit. She never growled or showed her teeth. She has never done anything like that before and is not the least bit aggressive. My son was asleep and she did not go near him till we tried to lift him up. I just took her to the vet and she is healthy. Not sure what to think. She is a great dog. Just wondering what others think. Does it sound like aggression or more like she was trying to play and it went wrong.
She is great with him. He is seven and while she is our first dog, he has been around cats and my mom's dog his whole life. They usually play together and she will sleep with him sometimes, It took us by surprise because we did not expect it. The only thing she does is bark at strangers that come near the house, but I read that is typical with the breed.
I have to agree, it sounds like she was just protecting your son. She didn't want you to move him, and the actual bit was not intentional. I wouldn't worry so much. I think she was just being a good mother also
thanks for the replies. I'd like to think it was an accident and not aggression. Still a little nervous. My son does not seem scared and she has not done anything again. I have to make sure none of us play with her in a way that will encourage that type of behavior.
I agree with the others. I also think that if she was going to exhibit signs of aggression, she would have done so a long time ago. I owned a litle long haired mini Dacshund and she was a lovely dog, especially with the children. I'm sure this was a rare occurence, and she will be fine. Good luck with her.
Keep us posted, but just reading I feel confident it was pretty isolated and she was just protecting your son in her mind. She apparently wanted him to not get moved and thought he should be left alone, lol.
Hi I have many dogs of different breeds all my life, It sounds like you startled her when you went to pick up your son. she waa definately protecting your son probably trying to get you, once she realized all was good it was too late. My dogs always protect me from anyone who comes near me when Im asleep next time youhave to do that make the dog aware say something like " come one ? lets bring ? to bed now in a voice that is praise like and then bend down to get your son. Its not aggression and don't act nervous around the dog he can sence it and will begin to wonder why you are acting strangely and may begin to change too. Dont worry I know its scary have danes and children myself you have to respect their wishes too if you want them to be an active member of your family Hope this helps godd luck !!