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      Gigi bit some one .

      I have no idea what to do. We were walking and some lady walking by decide to engage her and give her hand to sniff.

      Gigi spooked and grabbed her hand. I have no idea what to do now or go from here.

      The person said she is going to update her tetonois shots ..and call me if there is a issue.

      There were 2 drops of blood spots. As I was talking and giving my info Gigi was acting like nothing happened and socialize with her...

      Is this lease aggression ,I have no idea.she goes to dog parks ,off leash hikes and I am not sure what next.

      Any input will help


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      Sorry that happened. WAs it you who posted a similar concern a month or so back? It sounds like exactly what you said, Gigi spooked, the lady frightened her. Can you describe more fully what happened? Did you have no idea the lady was going to do that?

      No, it doesn't sound like any kind of aggression to me. It sounds like a fear reaction. If strange people are going to suddenly stick their hand in your dog's face and she's going to react like that I think the best thing is to just give everyone a wide berth. In our CGN classes and test dogs must greet a friendly stranger but it's up to the dog owner to make the dog sit while people talk first. Actually, I don't remember if the strange person got a pet or not but there is no reason for a stranger to pet your dog any more than pet your child.
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      It sounds like the woman wasn't freaked out, so that's good. I don't know about Mass., but in Maryland, a doctor is required to report dog bites and then there's a rabies shot/quarantine thing to go through (at least there was back in the 60's/70's when our Basenji bit someone in our own backyard).

      That's not what I would call aggression unless perhaps fear aggression....the hand coming toward her face. But she definitely shouldn't have done that...or been allowed to be that close if you've had issues in the past. Depending on what her history has been and the exact situation, I'd be thinking "behaviorist" but definitely steering clear of close contact until you get things resolved. And I wouldn't allow her off-leash anywhere.

      Good luck. I hope the doctor's visit doesn't turn this into more than it should be, government-involvement-wise.
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      The lady just called. She said she is up to date on her shots and the wound looks more like blisters.
      She has pet Gigi before last year when she was a puppy and hence assumed that she knows her.

      Gigi off late has been grabby . I think we will get on her for not grabbing from now. It's like if you take a few months off training they slide so fast.

      Mass is tough for bites. She will be on a prong collar from now during walks and only off leash is dog parks. No more running or hiking in the woods off leash.

      What s stresser just before going to Disney tomorrow morning .

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      I am really really sorry. These can get infected pretty fast. She has to go to the doctor for some antibiotics too.

      I don't have any experience with a reactive dog, so I am by no means an expert to give advice. If it were my dog, I'd be very careful not to let her be approached by strangers though. Maybe muzzle her if you walk her through crowds or if there are children around.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Berna View Post
      I am really really sorry. These can get infected pretty fast. She has to go to the doctor for some antibiotics too.

      I don't have any experience with a reactive dog, so I am by no means an expert to give advice. If it were my dog, I'd be very careful not to let her be approached by strangers though. Maybe muzzle her if you walk her through crowds or if there are children around.
      Thanks. It even makes no sense as my neighbours and there kids run in and walk in all the time. She will bark and then calm down. For now I am going to avoid walks .

      I do not want to lock her up either but I am going to call the trainer who has worked with her from 12 weeks.

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      Something to check is vision and hearing. If either or both are failing for some reason, in maybe only certain situations, that could account for Gigi biting as a startle reflex. When my sister's dog bit a young child Sis's Vet checked these, saying dogs often mean to snap as a warning but not make contact.

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      So sorry with what happened. It sounds like Gigi was startled. Gabe is like that so if I see that someone wants to pet him, I stop and make him sit, then tell them to let him smell their hand on the back side. Then he just gets excited and wants a treat which I give the person and tell them to make him work for it. He has to sit, then go on a down, then sit up.I practice the NILF method of training. Seems to work OK, but some people he just doesn't like, so we avoid them or I tell them he is in training.

      Hope all turns out fine. I know this experience is traumatic for you and you must be leery of walking with Gigi, but just practice good canine procedures, be alert and don't stop YOUR walks because of this.

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      I reread your last post. I think a dog owner has to train in some fashion at all times, at least daily. And walking is a good situation to refresh many training items. Good luck and hang in there.
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      Sorry that happened. Definitely sounds like a fear issue. There may also have been trigger stacking. If you are packing and such for the trip, maybe something else was going on and then a stranger leaning over and putting their had on the head was just too much all together.


      I agree with a vet check including bloodwork. Issues like vision or thyroid issues can lead to issues with fear-anxiety-reactivity.

      There is nothing wrong with desensitizing to a muzzle and using that to keep her and people safe (because you don't want another bite j- the muzzle keeps HER safe). The Muzzle Up! Project | Advocacy, Education, Training

      And some desensitization to strangers.

      Make sure you trainer uses positive techniques with fear.

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      As we are travelling I explained this to the sitter.
      She is right now in the dog park running and playing as I read not to change routines .she even went and asked to be pet.

      I think I will use the prong for a while till my nerves are calmer.

      She is 18 months so can they have a fear stage so late .

      Not sure if she was a another breed people will not try to pet her I think.

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