Daisy78 Registered User
#1

Hey all,

New to this forum but would appreciate some advice on this. Our family dog (a terrier of mixed breed) is 3 years old. He is mostly a good natured little dog but from the day we got him we have had issues with him biting. He does it when he gets excited but also if he is aggravated, I.e. if we scold him over a misdimeanor. He has bitten me twice, and most recently our neighbour. We have had to stop friends calling to the house with their young kids because of this.

We love him dearly and it would break our heart to have give him away but its causing us (particularly my dad) a lot of stress worrying about it. Does anybody have any recommendations as to what we can do? Can a dog be trained to stop biting or is it a waste of time and money

Stheno Contrary voice
#2

Where are you based?

I'd strongly advise getting a good behaviourist to work with you and your dog, no advice over the internet is going to solve your issue.

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phelo2121 Registered User
#3

orla Doherty is top behaviorist in country you would have to travel to cork or Dublin got consultation which costs 180 and she will put a plan in place for ye and phone yeah few weeks later to alter plans if needs be altered

#4

get it put down before it does serious damage to somebody.

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andreac Registered User
#5

When you say bite, is it a nip, or a full on bite? Does he break the skin, is he snarling, growling etc?

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#6

JustRoss23 said:
get it put down before it does serious damage to somebody.


I think this post is a super example of why you'll not be advised to take advice via an internet forum. You'll get unqualified, unecessarily extreme advice from people who have no idea of what's actually going on.
You need to get a behaviourist in, but you need one that will come to your home, not one you have to travel to. Your dog is far less likely to demonstrate certain problem behaviours when they're off their own patch, and your problem is one of these.
Nobody here can give you specific advice on what to do, because you need to get the problem fully described and properly diagnosed by a qualified behaviourist.
Where in the country are you, hopefully someone here will know a suitable behaviourist near you, who will visit you at home, not in a clinic setting.

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Stheno Contrary voice
#7

DBB said:

You need to get a behaviourist in, but you need one that will come to your home, not one you have to travel to. Your dog is far less likely to demonstrate certain problem behaviours when they're off their own patch, and your problem
Where in the country are you, hopefully someone here will know a suitable behaviourist near you, who will visit you at home, not in a clinic setting.


Was just about to post something exactly like this, agree 100%

#8

Our family dog (a terrier of mixed breed)

Dont say you were not warned.

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JustRoss23 said:
Our family dog (a terrier of mixed breed)

Dont say you were not warned.


What?

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kylith Registered User
#10

It's very hard to advise on something like this over the internet. It may be an issue with aggression, it may be just nipping through overexcited. Let us know where you are and I'm sure that someone will be able to recommend a trainer in your area.

andreac Registered User
#11

JustRoss23 said:
Our family dog (a terrier of mixed breed)

Dont say you were not warned.


What is your point??

Whispered Registered User
#12

andreac said:
What is your point??


Isn't it saddening to think of some of the people who own, and claim to care for, dogs

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ford2600 Registered User
#13

Put down a beautiful chocolate lab 6 years ago after he bit neighbour.
I still get upset when I think of holding him still for vet to inject him.
That night I wondered did I make right decision. The following morning a father and his twins 8 yr old walked past stretch of road where incident happened.
Dog would have destroyed those girls if he had bitten either of them
Never thought I made the wrong decision after that.
Speak to your vet/behaviour specialist about right call.
My vet made up my mind over a ten minute phone call.
Best of luck


Daisy78 said:
Hey all,

New to this forum but would appreciate some advice on this. Our family dog (a terrier of mixed breed) is 3 years old. He is mostly a good natured little dog but from the day we got him we have had issues with him biting. He does it when he gets excited but also if he is aggravated, I.e. if we scold him over a misdimeanor. He has bitten me twice, and most recently our neighbour. We have had to stop friends calling to the house with their young kids because of this.

We love him dearly and it would break our heart to have give him away but its causing us (particularly my dad) a lot of stress worrying about it. Does anybody have any recommendations as to what we can do? Can a dog be trained to stop biting or is it a waste of time and money

#14

when something worse happens that will be the headline and will be even worse in the fact that it has bitten before and not put down. imagine if the dog is to bite a kid for the safety of others pleas put down this dog.the dog is a family member i get that but how will you fee when it attack's a child. because more then likely it will at some stage.

andreac Registered User
#15

You cant just say put the dog down not knowing the full circumstances. You need to find out why the dog is biting and then make a decision on what to do based on all the facts and get expert advice.

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