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Rescue Yorkie keeps biting me!

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2T2T Fri 21-Oct-11 15:44:34

WE got him home yesterday and I was expecting a few hitches and a settling in period. But he follows my son around EVERYWHERE! Which is lovely to see. He is quite fond of my daughter too but he has snarled, growled and bitten me several times. Intending to hurt me! I have, of course, called the rescue for help and of course 'he has never bittenbefore' . That is a gigantic vote of no confidence for me! Perhaps he just doesn't like me?! He has cuddled up a few times too and lets me handle him but I do feel a bit wary of him which I know will only exacerbate the problem. Any advice? Tips? It is like he is protecting my son (age 5) and doesn;t really show much interest in me at all. confusedsad

2T2T Fri 21-Oct-11 15:45:26

Hurry up with your help please - I don't want to get bitten again!

2T2T Fri 21-Oct-11 16:24:04


FroOOOOOtshoOOOOOOts Fri 21-Oct-11 16:43:56

Sounds to me as though he's just unsure, but that's of no consolation to you if he's making you nervous. Do you know the situation he was in before? Did he live with children?
TBH I think if you are the one who is feeding and walking him he will soon start to show an interest in you. What did the rescue suggest you do when you phoned them?

miacis Fri 21-Oct-11 20:35:17

When is he biting? Rescue needs to do better than 'it's never happened before'.

Following your son around could be a sign of separation anxiety so think about how you might encourage him to get used to spending time by himself. gradual withdrawal can help.

2T2T Sat 22-Oct-11 09:33:34

the rescue are taking him back sad. He has bitten me severral times, gone for my daughter growling, baring teeth. Gone for my Mum. The only person he seems comfortable with is my son aged 5!!!! I cannot have a biting dog living here. It's not fair on anyone. It is not just a little nip either. He really is intending to do damage and whatever the reason I cannot have that. Now that I have called the rescue they have filled me in a bit more on his history and he was doing this a few months ago so has reverted to type. This is of no consolation to me or my children who had so looked forward to having a dog. I feel let down and like I have let down my children sad

miacis Sat 22-Oct-11 12:25:45

Oh poor you. You've made the right decision but I have to say that the rescue has not done its job at all here. You've been misled about the dog.

There are good rescues out there that do a full assessment of the dog but this one has clearly let you and your family down this time. I wonder if they were lied to by previous owners - sadly it does happen. If they knew he was a biter then you should not have been matched.

Try not to let this put you off. I do empathise - we had to return a dog recently - different circs but I do know how heartbreaking it is when you have so looked forward to something.

2T2T Sat 22-Oct-11 18:41:01

miacis - the rescue had the dog from a pup as he had been handed over by an elderly lady who only likes the pup stage (mad cow!). He was fostered by the Director ofhte rescue who I have since found had had to curb his antisocial behaviour over a period of about 4 months (i never knew this until afterwards). He then showed aggression to her large adult dog. Then was re-fostered at a lady's house who he loved. She has lots of children and lots of dogs but he hated her teenage son so I was told he hated adult men. As I am single there are no adult men here. AS it turned out he hates adults of any gender and even went for the rescue woman who collected him today. I have heard various titbits about him since he started biting here. And he really did mean to hurt every time. Not a growl and sneer but actual determined lurching forward with teeth bared and then a harsh bite. My son is most upset as the dog took to him and followed him around obsessively but no on else could get near. He bit me when i adjusted his harness this morning. And again on the journey to meet the dog lady. Not a family dog by any stretch of the imagination. And sadly, it has put me off completely for now sadsadsad

gothicangel Sun 23-Oct-11 16:10:37

oh no thats horrid, your poor children feeling let down,

dont let it put you off, lots of lovely dogs need loving homes.

hope your ok x

the rescue really have let you and your children down, did they offer any reason why they didnt tell you all this before?


Elibean Sun 23-Oct-11 18:41:08

Oh no, 2T sadsad

I'd be hopping mad at the rescue for misleading me like that. How upsetting for everyone, not least the dog - who was very likley to revert, I should think, in new and unsettling circumstances.

Please don't give up! There are great rescues and great dogs out there, really. We have a pup who is just as the rescue told us, and soft as butter with the kids. Maybe take some time out first, but do think about it...

Mutt Sun 23-Oct-11 18:54:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RedwingWinter Sun 23-Oct-11 19:52:11

2T, this is awful. You must be really cross with the rescue for not telling you the full background of the dog. It must be especially hard on your son.

I hope you can find a nice dog for your family sometime soon.

miacis Sun 23-Oct-11 21:05:37

2T2T - sending you and yours a big hug. Take some time out now but there will be a lovely dog out there just right for you and your family.

The rescue have let you down badly here. There are some really good rescues out there who would be appalled by what has happened. There are lots of people on here who do rescue work and may be able to help steer you tworards a good rescue near you. Equally it may be worth trying the breed rescue if you are after a yorkie.

2T2T Mon 24-Oct-11 15:38:43

I have been on the Yorkie breed rescue site for some time but the dogs are so far away geographically. I go on lots of rescue sites and am not fixed on Yorkies. I do want a smallish dog as I do not have a big garden but that is my only stipulation. Plus I have a cat so that has to be considered. The dog's age is not a problem for me either just it's disposition. Very disappointed and not even ready to reconsider at the moment. WE have toldmy son that the dog rescue have taken teh dog back to teach him not to be scared at dog school so he half thinks that we will be getting that one back. I couldn;t possibly contemplate a different dog yet. It would be like 'oh that one wasn;'t right, let's send him back and get another one'. I do feel very upset and let down though. REally pissed off

2T2T Mon 24-Oct-11 15:39:19

By the way, just to clarify, this one was NOT from Yorkie Rescue

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