I'm sorry that happened to you....my only advice is that you let your neighbor know that you are taking action to make sure this never happens again & if she's willing enlist her help at some point when things are super calm to leave things on a better level with her and Finn...it always helps to make sure the person who got bit feels/knows that the owner is really (as you are) aware of seriousness of the incident.
I just say this because I had a rescue dog ( yellow lab) who got labeled as vicious because I didn't handle his first bite incident well...by not including the victim in the steps I was taking to prevent another incident.....good luck and let us know what happens
My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog thinks I am ~ author unknown
Thanks for sharing your experience.
I am so sorry this happened. She may have been nervous herself, despite being proclaimed a "dog person" and Finn may have picked up on it. My dobie nipped at my old supervisor and I was extremely lucky that she was so understanding....I apologized profusely and gave her a gift card to Petsmart for her dog. I have never forgotten it though and it freaked me out at the time. It happened so fast and I know it was because he just was skittish around new people. So loving once he got to know you but very wary of newcomers. Is Finn like that...maybe more hesitant about new people?
I scheduled an appt. w/someone my friend told me about who may be able to assist me with Finn. I knew I've been wanting to consult with someone as Finn exhibits a lot of growling and aggression towards Tate and I've posted before, that Finn usually starts fights w/Tate. Well, last night's incident just made me realize I need to seek help now.
I'll let you all know how the consultation goes...it won't be til next Sat though.
@cali baker So sorry this happend! I don't have any advice as you already are doing all you can! I just wanted to wish you and your boys luck and hope everything works out for you!
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Oh dear. Biting people and aggression towards people is a no-no I am so glad you have set up a consultation with a behaviourist. You and BOTH of your boys will be happier for it. No dog wants to be aggressive. Kudos to you for doing all that you have. It is wonderful that your neighbour is so understanding. Hopefully Finn will get the help he needs to be a balanced member of canine (and human) society
P.S. I need to move to your building where no one has to share an elevator Our is always crammed with people and dogs!
Sorry to hear what is going on with Finn. Is he neutered?
A few years ago I was bitten by my neighbor's Weimeraner right in the thigh. I was wearing jeans and the bite marks still came through. He called me over to his garage because his garage control was opening our garage as well and as soon as I stepped in the dog got loose and chomped on my thigh. Needless to say I tried to avoid the dog from then on. I can understand your neighbor's fear.
Hope things work out for you and Finn.
Jack Daniels, you are hilarious!
Yeah, Jack better make some room for Finn...they'll be cell mates soon!
Last edited by cali baker; 03-02-2012 at 12:12 PM.
I feel a little more relieved...I just got off the phone with Karen, the behaviorist. She'll be over next Sat to evaluate Finn (and Tate too).
She has a very calming voice. That's already a big plus right there!