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    Default Re: My Buster tried to bite me and my daughter!

    Quote Originally Posted by JAKEISGREAT View Post
    Well my two cents is that you must never use excitement as a lead in to play. Especially with a rescue that you don't know much about. You must be calm,slow and deliberate with all interaction with him. He is surely frightened and insecure. If an adult dog hasn't been properly socialized, they aren't going to know how to respond to you or other animals. He needs quiet and a slow introduction to everything. This is not his fault and I doubt it's an act of aggression. I bet it's insecurity and feeling lost. If you intend to make him a part of your family..and there is no reason not to.. You need to learn how to love him and not fear him. You can do it.. I've been in situations where my hubby brought home many a full grown dog off the streets. They will love you with fierce loyalty but nothing comes naturally. They will learn from your actions and reactions. For instance.. Why do you think he knew you were kissing his head and not a threat? Does he know what a child is? He probably doesn't even know how to play..let alone that its fun. I hope you don't give up on him. He deserves a loving home.

    I'm behind this advise 100% a rescue that doesn't know how to play isn't trusting you yet. please give him time and keep things quiet and clam for him and your sake, he is fearful. Allow him to come to you, try not to approach him just yet, let him watch you until he gains trust in you. I could take months and months,
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    Default Re: My Buster tried to bite me and my daughter!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherry View Post
    I'm behind this advise 100% a rescue that doesn't know how to play isn't trusting you yet. please give him time and keep things quiet and clam for him and your sake, he is fearful. Allow him to come to you, try not to approach him just yet, let him watch you until he gains trust in you. I could take months and months,
    But please believe me when I say it will be so worth it in the end. Btw where did you get him? If it was from a rescue don't be afraid to call his foster family and ask what they think.
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    Default Re: My Buster tried to bite me and my daughter!

    @JAKEISGREAT is completely correct so please be extra considerate and patient with him. Also, maybe he's not the cuddly type...Nigel is not as cuddly as I am and he tolerates me cuddling him a lot. Today in fact, I think I over-did it because he snapped at my face too. I immediately correct him and tell him 'no biting mommy' and I back off of him. I know it's not aggression it's just me smothering him and him not being in the mood. He may have been sleepy (it was naptime) or maybe he's hungry? I know Nigel has snapped at my face as a way to tell me he's hungry.

    I always get scared when I see these kind of posts - please do not jump to the 'aggression' conclusion. So many other things should be considered first.

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    Default Re: My Buster tried to bite me and my daughter!

    Quote Originally Posted by Sandi Sheldon View Post
    Thank you all for your love and support! I told my hubby that we need to step back and try again with Buster. It has only been a little bit since he came to live with us and I can not give up on any animal!!!
    While hugging is a delightful thing for us humans, dogs feel differently about it. The snap was a reaction to a stimulus - the hugging / being in Buster's face - which may have felt like being "trapped" to him. Hugging a dog doesn't do a thing for the dog really - it's for the human. Your family should resist this temptation with Buster until genuine trust has been established (his trusting his human pack leaders) and that takes time. He'd probably appreciate a scratch under the chin far better anyway!

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    Default Re: My Buster tried to bite me and my daughter!

    I'm sorry you're going through this and I'll hope and pray for the best outcome. Have you made sure to check for any ear infections or tooth abscesses? That can always lead to some aggression if they are in pain. Heck, I have a dentist appt on Sat cuz I have a toothache and even I wanna bite everyone at work right now!! Please keep us updated so we can be rest assured and maybe have some new "tools" in our bully kits for future reference.

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    Great advice ahs been given by jakeisgreat and vicaroo1000 .... good luck and keep us posted
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    Default Re: My Buster tried to bite me and my daughter!

    So glad to hear your not giving up, be calm & patient, he'll come along.

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    Default Re: My Buster tried to bite me and my daughter!

    Some great advice. From my experience with rescue give them time and build trust; depending on how he was treated it may take months before he is secure enough for someone to hug or kiss him. I have had some that were great dogs but were never able to hug or kiss them. The best I could get with them was patting them on the head and telling them good dog. It takes time, consistancy, and patience. With some you are able to take their lead and all of a sudden they will come up to you and give you kisses but it doesn't happen all the time. In the mean time explain to your daughter there may be a reason for his behavior and keep the face away for him. Work slowly, no sudden of fast movements, things will get better with time. He probably didn't get that way overnight and it will take time for him to heal from the past. Good luck.

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    Default Re: My Buster tried to bite me and my daughter!

    Please keep us updated on his progression.
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