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    During our walk this evening, we passed by a neighbor who was out washing her car. She came over to greet the boys and as usual, they both got very excited. They've never met this lady and during the excitement, Finn nipped her fingertip. She lightheartedly said, 'this one is vicious' as she showed me her finger (no, not the middle one!). I felt pretty bad. Even tho it was a superficial nip, I definitely don't want that to happen, ever.

    This isn't the first time for Finn, who has bitten another neighbor before, as well as nipping the handyman. He went thru behavioral training and I thought he was "over" all that b/c those incidents happened about a year ago.

    As we continued on our walk, another neighbor came over and asked if she could pet the boys. I told her she could pet Tate but not Finn. As she was petting Tate, Finn started to bark/growl, and then we rushed off. So, my question is, is Finn doing this b/c he's protecting me and his brother from these "strangers"? He doesn't do this to people he knows. To be on the safe side, if strangers approach us on our walks I'm not going to let them get too close to Finn for fear of him nipping or biting someone. I know that doesn't solve the problem so i'm hoping you guys could help me with this one. Thanks!




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    I'm not going to be a ton of help but...

    We met a couple with two bullies on the weekend. The one dog was pretty chill and easy going. The other dog didn't want Chance to sniff her and REALLY didn't want to be pet by kids (there were a few kids running up to just pet the dogs without asking). It's possible that Finn isn't really a people sort of dog (or really is not a "stranger" sort of dog). I don't think there's anything wrong with telling people, as you did, that one dog would prefer not to be approached. People have attitudes... why can't dogs?

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    Henny maybe he is just protecting you, I'm not much help here.

    I always worry with tse with strangers because he gets a bit like that he hasn't nipped anyone yet but just 10 minutes ago inn the yard Indianah was playing and fell on him and then when she went back near him he growled and went to snap her but stopped before he did. and he has never done this before maybe she hurt him.

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    To protect your baby you need to muzzle.

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    I was going to suggest a muzzle. Not because he is vicious - after all it was only a nip rather than eating her arm for dinner! But more to stop people just approaching and petting him and him reacting they will be less likely to stop to pet them (which could reduce him maybe 'protecting you from strangers'). prevention isnt a cure but its for his own benefit until he learns its wrong. Maybe go back through training at behavioural training too - he might just need a refresher on some points x
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    Henny, I think it's completely okay to tell people, NO about approaching
    or petting your bully. Who knows WHY Finn does this, may very well be
    protecting you, it is bred in them to do so. After Stuart died, there was
    a noticeable difference in Brutus's formerly mellow self, he'd wake up
    barking (he started sleeping FACING the doorway) sometimes several
    times in the night and very watchful of the window by my bed in the day.

    And he was only with me 7 short months, Finn has been with you much
    longer! As
    @jimmyjj says, perhaps a muzzle is in order when he is out
    among people, it would protect him AND them and serve as a visual
    warning of what you tell them.

    Finn & Tate are great bullies!


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    I'm not sure we are at the point of muzzling yet. Bug I do agree about revisiting everything you did in your training.

    I do think he feels he has to guard you both. And there is nothing wrong in letting people know to stay away from him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kazzy220 View Post
    I'm not sure we are at the point of muzzling yet. Bug I do agree about revisiting everything you did in your training.

    I do think he feels he has to guard you both. And there is nothing wrong in letting people know to stay away from him.
    The point of muzzling is to protect your dog !!
    It's not the first time and until you have it under control you need to take action before the nip is a bite and worse case they want your baby destroyed. You also don't want someone taking you to court.

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    Yea I wouldn't muzzle either. Just be polite and say no. Ppl will understand and If they don't then that's their problem. You shouldn't have to change what you do just for someone wanting to pet your dog. But I would also maybe start the training again.

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    Thanks for everybody's feedback, I really appreciate it. Yes, I agree on the "refresher" course in behavioral training. I'm going to look into that again. I think for now, I will just let people who approach us, not pet Finn and tell them that he's "in training". I have considered a muzzle as well, btw. Haven't gotten around to buying one yet, just considering it.




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    Default Re: Nipped a Neighbor

    Dang Henny, sorry to hear this. I have no problem with telling people no they cannot pet or yes they can, especially those they don't know. Sometimes with dogs like Finn (and Emma) you don't know what they're reaction is going to be. Emma is the one that I will have to watch out for. She has already growled (at a distance) at the neighbors across the street that she does not know. She does not like strangers, people or other dogs. And because of this, I proceed with caution (not tension) when we area approached to make sure she wants to be approached. I usually shorten their leashes up too a bit.

    How did you handle Finn when that happened, besides walking away?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cali baker View Post
    Thanks for everybody's feedback, I really appreciate it. Yes, I agree on the "refresher" course in behavioral training. I'm going to look into that again. I think for now, I will just let people who approach us, not pet Finn and tell them that he's "in training". I have considered a muzzle as well, btw. Haven't gotten around to buying one yet, just considering it.
    Henny -- also remember, even if you think you are not doing so, Finn my be picking up on any type of stress or frustration you are going through. There are times I think I am all calm and not giving off my sorrow, depression, stress or what ever negative energy.... but Banks will pick up on it and she 'reacts' - be it barking,, pacing, her hair on end, sleeping facing the door.... it all can be a trigger from our energy. have you tried walking Finn alone and see how he behaves?
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