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My rescue dog has just bitten someone

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LastTango Thu 03-Jul-14 21:41:02

We are not having a lot of luck with our 2 rescue dogs - we got them last Saturday. On the advice of Dogs Trust the Yorkie went back because she constantly full-on attacked the JRT.

Tonight the JRT bit someone when he was out on his evening walk. My son said he went for her flappy trousers, but bit into her leg. Oh shit!

JennyOnTheBlocks Thu 03-Jul-14 21:43:33

It's very early days for your dog, what were the circumstances of him being allowed to bite someone.

Was he off the lead?

LastTango Thu 03-Jul-14 21:49:14

On lead, had just been fussed by another passer by 2 minutes before. This lady saw him, and moved to the edge of the pavement and stopped. He sniffed her, then went. No snarling, no growling. Just went for her trousers and bit her.

JennyOnTheBlocks Thu 03-Jul-14 21:52:46

I'm confused, I thought he went for her flapping trousers, but she was stationary?

Just read your other thread, this poor dog has been through a lot, is your son very experienced with dogs?

LastTango Thu 03-Jul-14 21:55:44

My son is 28, and yes, experienced with dogs. She stopped, the wind was blowing her trousers.

Opinionatedbugger Thu 03-Jul-14 21:57:41

I'm sorry this has happened op but this shouldn't be allowed to happen again. I would call the shelter. I know this isn't always the case but this is why people can be wary with rescue dogs. We don't know their history and what sorts of things will set them off. Of course I know this isn't true of all rescue dogs but I know it can happen. May have been a scent he picked op from them.

JennyOnTheBlocks Thu 03-Jul-14 21:58:55

Sounds like he was spooked by her for some reason then.

What happened next, was the woman ok?

Is the dog ok in the house?

LastTango Thu 03-Jul-14 22:00:10

He has been so dopey and affectionate to my 3 neighbours who visit. He is a soppy dog with us, always wanting his tummy rubbed. I am so afraid now that he could go for a child, asda delivery man, postman........I feel I can't trust him. He is only 4 1/2.

ExitPursuedByAKoalaBear Thu 03-Jul-14 22:00:44


LastTango Thu 03-Jul-14 22:01:43

The lady was ok and said she didn't want our phone number and address. And she walked away. My son said she looked quite shocked. We are a small village so I expect, over the next couple of days, we will find out who she is.

Opinionatedbugger Thu 03-Jul-14 22:03:42

Glad she's ok. Op I think you need brew

JennyOnTheBlocks Thu 03-Jul-14 22:05:05

I honestly think he needs more time, him being affectionate at home is such a good sign, if he's relaxed there you can teach him to relax outside too.

Shorter walks on very quiet pathways etc, you can do it, give him the chance to learn that strangers aren't always a threat

LastTango Thu 03-Jul-14 22:07:20

He's the most soppy thing at home you could imagine.

However, do I ring the Dogs Trust tomorrow and tell them? My son thinks they will take him back and put him to sleep.

christinarossetti Thu 03-Jul-14 22:08:31

Indeed you can't trust him, OP. Your dog has bitten someone. It sounds like you have no idea what triggered this and you hence have no idea what will trigger him again.

Whatever else you decide to do, please don't take him out without a muzzle again. You're absolutely right that it could be a child that he attacks next time.

christinarossetti Thu 03-Jul-14 22:09:11

Yes, do phone the Dogs Trust and ask for their advice and guidance.

Why on earth would you not do this?

Opinionatedbugger Thu 03-Jul-14 22:09:16

It depends how bad was it? Was it a full on bite or a nip? Both aren't great but one is definately fixable.

christinarossetti Thu 03-Jul-14 22:10:53

How is a nip fixable?

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 03-Jul-14 22:11:49

It would not be unusual for a terrier to play by grabbing flappy trousers. Mine used to be constantly attached to the bottom of my jeans. However as you don't seem sure that this is all it was I would suggest you get an APDT behaviourist in to assess. Dogs Trust should have one you can work with.

ExitPursuedByAKoalaBear Thu 03-Jul-14 22:17:37

Do they pts?

JennyOnTheBlocks Thu 03-Jul-14 22:22:12

No one can pts if you don't return the dog

Behaviour assessment and training is almost a given with a rescue for at least some time, Dogs Trust should help you there

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 03-Jul-14 22:22:18

Yes. But never healthy dogs. What they don't tell you is that behavioural issues can be classed as bad health. Whether they would or not would depend on the severity of the issues and the opinion of the behaviourist as to whether the dog could be rehabilitated.

Lovelydiscusfish Thu 03-Jul-14 22:27:56

You need the advice of a qualified dog behaviourist, I should think. Others on here will be able to tell you details of who you need and how to find them better than I, as, I've been fortunate with my rescues.
This isn't necessarily the end, but you do need to pull out all the stops now (and be willing to work bloody hard on whatever good advice you are given), or it could be.
Good luck - I know a little through friends about how difficult it can be when a loved dog exhibits these type of issues,

affafantoosh Thu 03-Jul-14 22:37:21

On the whole Dogs Trust are one of the more behaviour-savvy organisations. I would imagine that if you are willing to work with him they will be willing to help and support you. Call them first. I can pretty much guarantee they won't just take him and put him down. (I have worked with dogs rehomed from Dogs Trust who have had bite histories and they are extremely strict with regard to where dogs are homed and safety measures taken by owners. This is much better than simply advising PTS every time which is needless).

VivaLeBeaver Thu 03-Jul-14 22:41:17

Christina, dog bites are graded on a scale of 1-4, maybe 1-5. The higher up the scale the bite is the less chance of the dogs behaviour being fixable.

christinarossetti Thu 03-Jul-14 22:47:15

That's simply a statistical risk - it's not a prognosis of how the dog may behave in the future.

And the nip isn't 'fixable' for the person who was bitten.

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