My dog bit me and I am puzzled. Has your dog ever bitten you?

my dog - Picture of my dog
@sharra1 (6344)
Australia
April 8, 2009 8:51pm CST
I do not think it was a serious bite, more a warning but he is so strong and has such big teeth that it bruised my nose. It was partly my fault but the other day he also mouthed the gas delivery man on the arm. He has never bitten any one before and he is 5 years old. In my case I was teasing him by playing with his ears and he bit my nose, and the gas delivery man was just trying to get through the gate. He has been delivering gas to us for 3 years and the dog has never been a problem before. I am quite puzzled why a dog should start biting now. I wonder if he is getting grumpy in his old age. It is a concern because he is very powerful and has very big teeth. My nose is still sore from the bruise and it was a very minor bite. I have also had trouble trusting him again and that disturbs me as I love him very much. I am much more reserved when patting him. I have included a picture of him. He is all muscle but he has always had the gentlest of natures that I am really quite surprised. Have you ever been bitten by your dog? Can they get grumpy in their old age and lose their tolerance?
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
9 Apr 09
No my dog has never bitten me and I would probably kick his a$$ if he did. Your dog may be getting older but, he may also have something bothering him if he just started bitting. Try watching him for a few days and see if he starts acting different. Maybe he is sick?
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@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Maybe the infection that the dog had left some brain damage and now with his age it maybe getting worse. 5 years old doesn't seem that old but, don't you live in harsh conditions, dry hot weather? Maybe it ages them faster. Good luck with him.
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
11 Apr 09
Hmmm that is a worrying thought, he never had much of a brain to start with. I mean for a dog with such a big head we have always made jokes about his empty head and his 2 brain cells. All in good fun as we adore him totally. I have wondered about that last infection because he has never seemed quite right since it. We lost my little dog a just before christmas 2007 and he did take that badly as they had been good friends. You cannot explain to a dog why someone did not come home. Then he started acting oddly and 2 vets could not work out what was wrong. Then he went into hospital and it was while he was in hospital that the abscess burst. It had been in his sinuses near his right ear. All we knew was that he was shaking his head and crying in pain. He spent a week in hospital and the infection nearly killed him. I still get very nervous when he shakes his head now and he is supposed to be fine. This was last year.
@ZephyrSun (7385)
• United States
11 Apr 09
That is so awful, the poor dog. After going through all of that I hope he has a very long happy life with you. I would like to add that I hope he stops biting. In my area a dog has to be put to sleep if it bites anyone.
• India
13 Apr 09
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
13 Apr 09
It was not a serious bite and we do not have a rabies problem in Australia. The wound ended up being little more than a scratch and it is healing up nicely. I was more shocked that he would snap at me than actually hurt from the bite. It did warn me though that he could have given me a nasty bite if he had wanted to. I am glad he was restrained and I have re-asserted my dominance over him to let him know his place. In fact I think he was actually upset that he did it.
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• India
14 Apr 09
Hello my friend sharra1 Ji, So nice of you for your positive comments. I am happy that you are care-free now. In fact, in any family, at times such situation does arise, if any of the members get upset. May God bless you and have a great time.
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10 Apr 09
I think you should maybe visit the vet cos there may be an underlying problem with him. Maybe he has a sore bit or something that is making him grumpy. When my mums dog was a little puppy, I was playing with her, I was too close to her and she accidentally bit my face. She caught my lip and pulled her teeth out which resulted in me having two massive cuts in my lip and under my lip a bit. I had to go to the hospital and get it glued back together. I still have two little scars. She has never bitten me again bless her.
@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
11 Apr 09
Oh that is a shame. Lucky for me it was not so bad and there is not scar left from where he broke the skin. I think it was just a scratch but he bruised the bone and that still hurts a little. I think we may take him to the vet for a check up just to make sure he is ok. He was very ill last year and I tend to worry every time he shakes his head now. Odd since he got through his first 4 years with out a single illness and then one nasty infection nearly killed him.
11 Apr 09
aw, poor thing. i hope he's alright.
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• United States
9 Apr 09
I have a really big dog who is almost 7 and up until last summer he'd never even bared his teeth for any reason. Last summer I got a few cats and now he will chase them down or snap at them, but he's never bit them. He did bite me on accident a few months ago when he went for one of the cats. My son is two and a half and he has growled at him a few times when my son has jumped on him or stepped on him, but I'm not sure he meant any harm. I think it was just a warning. I chalked it up to the dog getting old and grumpish and he's probably getting sick and tired of all the other animals (we have three cats, two ferrets, a snake, a lizard, fish, and a rabbit all in the house and other animals have come in and out throughout the years), and now he has to contend with the kid, too. I think animals just have bad days where they want to be left alone like humans do, and keep in mind that accidents happen, and your dog probably didn't mean it. He probably even felt bad afterward! Also, he might be getting arthritis and may be sore. I'd keep an eye on him but I wouldn't be scared of him or anything. Don't let him think you don't love him anymore you know?
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
11 Apr 09
I think you are right that dogs have bad days like we do. I know that I am getting grumpy in my old age and I am only 52. It is possible that he was just having a bad day and I teased him at a bad time. He has been fine since then and he was very sorry about it. He just looks at me and has that I'm sorry look on his face.
• United States
9 Apr 09
Hello Sharra, I'm terribly sorry that happened-dog bites are never fun! I have a dog as well, a very, very sweet golden-lab retriever. She personally has never bit me, but I know many friends that have been bitten by their dogs. Many have very kind dogs as well. I don't know how much dog history / genetic behavior you know, but what I think the main problem was that you were teasing him. He may be sweet, but alpha-dog training may be in order if this behavior increases. Also, your dog might have simply been afraid. Remember, you are the bigger one here, and many cases of bites have happened through the playing with a dog. Next time, wear a glove (or something to protect your hand) and try stroking his chin. This shows a little bit more respect towards your dog (apart from obvious love-I can see you love him a lot). If he growls or snaps at you, just move your hand away. I would recommend reprimanding him by shaking a can of pebbles near him and growling back at him (as silly as it seems), or through simply saying NO very loudly and forcefully. Any other form of punishment (such as placing him in his kennel) you have may work, but watch for his response. If you place him in his kennel, he may fight back or simply become submissive after a while. So, be open with him; watching for how he responds can be a lot more effective than punishing. Hopefully that helps! I tried to avoid technical terms and wolverine history (as it is rather boring), so hopefully that helped. Let me know if the behavior becomes more common, as this can be a serious sign of alpha dog behavior or misplaced aggression. It is interesting, however, that this was an isolated incident and that he is 5 yrs old; generally these type of incidents happen when they are younger and are still adjusting. My best wishes for you and your dog! -Fresh Writing
@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
16 Apr 09
Thanks for your comments. Yes we came to the same conclusion. It was my teasing that caused the warning bite and he really did not do any damage other than a scratch. It was more my sense of trust that got hurt. I have read an article on alpha dog training etc since that happened and it seems I am trying to do two competing things, trying to be alpha female and be his friend. It seems that you cannot be both. It also seems that he should never have been allowed on the bed but that happened before I came into his life and he has never slept on his own bed. He gets tossed off the bed every night but he will sleep under his master's desk on a rug rather than on the bed we bought him. There is some alpha dog statement there as well. But I think he is too old to change that now. He has not bitten since and I have been reinforcing his training again. He has been to a school and got his certificate so he knows the training but we have been a bit slack recently. I think this was just an isolated incident and he has been fine every since. But I will keep an eye on him.
@Toofancy (549)
• United States
9 Apr 09
I have a poodle that is about 9 years old. He will bite if you try to take any food away. He will also bite if you try to discipline him. But other than those two things, he is not usually aggressive with me or my husband. However, with other people, he will bite. Some people he likes, and some people he hates (and I have never been able to figure out why). I never know who he will snap at, and who he will accept. He always bites at the feet or ankles of the person. I also have to watch him around children. He doesn't like them at all. I also have a tea cup chihuahua that is 3 years old. He never tries to bite me. He will snap at other people, though. Especially if someone approaches me too fast - he will try to defend me because I guess he thinks they are trying to hurt me. I don't know if the age of my poodle has anything to do with his biting tendencies. I think he has always been the same way. For your dog, though, since this is new behavior, I agree with everyone else that you should get the opinion of your vet. Good luck with it. He looks like a great dog! Good picture.
@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
16 Apr 09
Thanks for your comments. I do think that your dog sounds like a dominant dog. He is asserting his authority over you. I have heard that small dogs tend to be more aggressive than bigger ones but the bigger ones look more aggressive sometimes. Mine has been ok since that happened. I think he was having a bad day and he has been properly behaved since then. It was not a bad bite, it was the loss of trust that bothered me the most. I have read some things since then that help me understand him better.
@syankee525 (6295)
• United States
9 Apr 09
i had one of my old dog tried to bite when i was trying to feed it and so i pounched it the face and didnt feed it for a few days, and it never tried it again
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
16 Apr 09
Yes well that is one way to teach a dog who is boss.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Hi sharra! I think they can get grumpy in their old age. From the looks of him..he wasn't out to hurt you or he would have done so. I hope that when he did it that you chastised him. He has to realize you are the boss. Especially with his size. I have had a dog nip me before but like you it wasn't to hurt me. The important thing is you have to maintain your "position" to him. He can sense your reserve.
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
16 Apr 09
Yes he does seem to have grumpy days sometimes. I do not think he meant to harm. Had he meant it the bite would have been bad as he has huge teeth. In fact he was very sorry afterwards. I think part of the problem is that I got lax with discipline. When I first met my partner he told me to be firm with the dog and I was. But later I tried to be friends with him and I think that was a mistake. From what I have read about wolf/dog packs you need to maintain the discipline. So I have started doing that again. I must learn to balance everything.
@gloamglozer (1285)
• Australia
9 Apr 09
I've been bitten by my dogs before, but i don't know if it's out of grumpiness as you say for anything to do with old age simply being that I haven't had that dog for long. Though, it always likes to bite me and jump on me since it was never really trained that well.
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@qinqinoen (127)
• China
9 Apr 09
I am sorry to hear that.I think you shoud have an injection of rabies vaccine.I have been bitten by my dog.Previously,i dont't konw dogs have a nature of protecting their food especially bones.My father brought some bones to the dog.But they were too big,the dog can't bite them.So I wanted to scrap them with a hammer.But when I stretched out my hand to take the bone,the dog bite my finger.Then i had an injection of rabies vaccine.
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
6 Jul 09
We don't have rabies in Australia so it is not a problem. I was more shocked than hurt and since then we have watched him carefully. I think he was just grumpy due to pain and he snapped. He seems fine now.
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
9 Apr 09
Maybe he's been spending too much time with Lash lately? I've owned dogs that seem to get less tolerant with age, so I'd be pretty confident in saying that this may be a factor here. I've been bitten by dogs I've owned a number of times before, but it was always a cause and effect situation and never random. For example, as a kid I'd try to touch the dog's bone, or when I was clipping the dogs toenails I accidentally went too low and caused the kneejerk reaction. I've also stupidly blown air in my dog's face and he bit my lip. Now THAT one hurt! People that have responded so far have already mentioned signs to look out for like ear movements, facial contortions and things like that, so I don't have any more to add on that front. I'd just be really careful to not get your face too close to him until you work out if this behaviour will continue or not. I found this article on dealing with aggressive dogs that has some interesting information in there. I was concerned to put this link here for you because of some of the pictures of bites in it, but please don't focus on those if you can help it! Here's the link: http://leerburg.com/aggresiv.htm
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
11 Apr 09
Ha he follows Lash around like a lost puppy. He dotes on his Master, he worships the ground his Master walks on, and sometimes he notices me, lol. Like when he wants his dinner or when he wants a pat and hi master won't talk to him. I think this was a cause and effect thing. I think he was having a bad day and he did not feel like being teased and so he warned me. The trouble is that he is so big and strong that his warning hits hard. I do feel partly responsible and I will not tease him again. He can play rough tug of war with his boss who can match him for strength. I will just settle for being feeder and comforter when his master does not want to know him and he feels the need for a pat, like almost every hour of the day. Even I get sick of too much patting is never enough.
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@modstar (9612)
• Philippines
9 Apr 09
Umm, you dogs looks like he is ready to terrorize. Lol! Well Moochie has bitten me before but only because of his excitement to see me. He would bite like he is just playing. It's pretty normal for me because his bites weren't that serious and deep. Much like scratches. Unfortunately for his victims, Moochie has bitten and killed 2 chickens and bit 2 neighbors.
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@tessah (6622)
• United States
9 Apr 09
5 years old isnt exactly whatd be considered "old age" for a canine. fact it isnt even middle aged. there could be a physical problem thats leading to his grumpyness.. take a trip to yer vet and have him checked out.
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
6 Jul 09
He has never done it since and we believe that he might have some arthritis but it is hard to tell and we are just watching him to see how he goes. He seems to be a little stiff after he has been sleeping for a while.
@Opal26 (17691)
• United States
9 Apr 09
Hey sharra! Any change in a dogs behavior is a cause for concern! I don't know how long you have had this dog or his past. But, if he is biting for no apparent reason the maybe he should be checked out by the vet. There is always a reason why a dog would all of a sudden bite! I don't know why, but you should get him checked out. A dog doesn't turn on his master for no reason unless there is something wrong! So do yourself a favor and just get him checked for your peace of mind!
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@sharra1 (6344)
• Australia
11 Apr 09
Well my partner has had him since he was a puppy. He was 6 months old when we met so he has known me pretty much all his life. I am not sure it was without provocation as I was teasing him so I take some blame for it. I have teased him in the past and he took it ok but he may have been having a bad day. Also the bite turned out to be very light so I think it was just a warning the same way a person slaps someone without meaning to hurt. It is just a scratch and is healing up ok. My problem is more a trust issue than a pain issue. Having said that we will take him to the vet for a check just to make sure he is ok.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
9 Apr 09
I had a dog that started to become aggressive at about that age. I had to give him away. He bit my nieces friend (fortunately it wasn't TOO horrible) at my daughters birthday party, then he started getting out of the yard and chasing down a couple neighbors and he started turning on my son and husband. He seemed to specifically be aggressive toward males. He was extremely protective of me and I think he didn't have any aggression toward my daughter, if I remember right. In his case, he was a stray dog that I took in. He's trying to get out was a constant problem from when we first adopted him, but the aggression and biting started later. It seemed to be about the time he was coming out of his puppy state and going into his adult dog stage. The fact that your dog got you in the face, even it it wasn't a bad bite, is pretty frightening in my opinion. I didn't read the other replies so I don't know if these questions have already been answered. If they have you can disregard them here ( I will go back and read them now), but I am curious about how you came to own him and what breed he is. I have a dog now that we brought home after we gave the other one away. My daughter was devastated when we gave the first one away. We brought home a puppy that was, maybe eight weeks old. We got a trainer (that we really couldn't afford). She is a really sweet dog. you can take food out of her mouth with no problem. But, she did halfway growl at me a few nights ago. She's about 7yrs old now and her backside is extra sensitive for some reason. She was in my bed and I was trying to nudge (maybe kinda shove) her over and I hit that spot, I guess. It worried me a little, but I think it was just a reaction to some pain she was experiencing. Just make sure you put your safety and the safety of the people around you before yoru emotional attachment to your dog (that's my opinion anyway). If it gets to the point where your dog becomes so aggressive that he attacks someone, not only will you feel horrible (i would think) but you could get sued.
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• United States
9 Apr 09
you might want to look at his ears they might be the problem because if a pit has a good home and a lot of attention then the pit doesnt try to get into trouble and 5 your old pit is not that old, they are still pups until 2 yrs. old. i would take him to a vet and look at his ears. With the gas guy did you watch him come though the gate or the pit might have thought it was somebody else, even thou the gas guy has been going to your house for 3 yrs. the pit could have thought it was a inturder.
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• Israel
9 Apr 09
I have never bitten by my dog, and I will kick him if he just try to do it. A dog is not aloud to bite his owner, it makes him think that he's the man in the house. If you keep letting him do so, and won't punish him then it can be a lot worse. Don't forget that you feed him, give him a place to stay so he needs to listen to you, so there is no chance in hell he will try to bite you! No chance !
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@pavan4568 (122)
• India
9 Apr 09
I am also bitten by my dog once and i have gone for an antibiotic to avoid any septic. Generally, my dog is not aggressive but when its taking some food, it dont like any one to come near him and unfortunately, i accidentally went near him and had to face the consequences. I love it a lot but that day i was really angry and it has got nice beating after that. Its okey if its happened to me but if it happens to any person visiting my home then i would be a worried man and that is the reason, i always take measures to keep away my dog from any one who visits my home.
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@smartjack (521)
• India
9 Apr 09
it happened to my sister once when we left our dog alone at home for 4 days. it just jumped on my sister with anger and grabbed her neck. luckily it realized that she wasn't a thief but her master. she got few wounds from the sharp teeth. my dog is a full grown Dalmatian.
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@hotsummer (10413)
• Philippines
9 Apr 09
no matter if i like dogs if that dog try to play with me by trying to almost bite though not seriously i will surely stay away from that dog. i will be careful with that dog. cause i am scared to be bitten by dogs. cause i still not understood how to avoid from getting their rabies. and it is painful to be bitten. and that is why i don't have any more dogs here in my place. i think i rather have small dogs but still i will not play with them cause they can still be dangerous. even small puppies can be dangerous with their rabies.
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