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    Default A 1st ever aggro issue?

    Hiya, i had a incident with Bernie reported to me when i got in last night.
    Scenario: my daughter had been asked to take bernie for a swim during the day. she sent her boyfriend to do this. (lake is outside my gate, very close to house). The boyfriend has no authority over bernie, who loves to play with him all the time. And the boyfriend is a guaranteed ball thrower, even indoors.

    So, dog is wet. doing zoomies. and then started barking at b/f, and began biting at him. b/f freaked a bit, bernie bit more. No skin penetration, but very little bite inhibition. And a first ever for bernie. He's never bitten, anyone.

    Clearly, this is a rule breach for me. I did not ask for teenage boyfriend to walk, as not safe. and wont be happening again!

    Meanwhile, is this something i should be working on, concerned about?

    any thoughts folks? This is a non dog aggressive dog, never bitten anyone before and generally extreemly obedient to me, my OH and somewhat my daughter.

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    Was he doing it out of excitement do you think?

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    I'd say maybe excitement too. Especially if he didn't break the skin. Unless there was growling/teeth baring, etc? If he wanted to bite, he would bite.

    My boy has been guilty of a nip here and there (being that he is ACD/Kelpie), but this has only ever happened when he was
    a) really excited, or b) got the hell scared out of him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    So, dog is wet. doing zoomies. and then started barking at b/f, and began biting at him. b/f freaked a bit, bernie bit more. No skin penetration, but very little bite inhibition. And a first ever for bernie. He's never bitten, anyone.
    If he didnt break the skin then he has good bite inhibition. Are you sure he was truly being aggressive or just over excited and boistorous in his play? Did he have intent, or was it part of the zoomies, had the boyfriend be playing roughly with him and encouraging him? Some dogs can get a bit mouthy if they are overexcited.
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    I would say it was just inappropriate play behaviour. I once had this happen with my previous dog Luna who never displayed any aggression towards people at all. We used to meet this woman on our walks in the park almost every day and she was clearly scared of dogs. So I always called the dog to me if she got too close to her, even though Luna very rarely showed any interest in strangers at all. Then came the day that the woman decided that my dog was nice and bent over to say hello to her as she approached her on the path. And Luna did something she had never done before and never did again. She "danced" around the woman nipping at her pants! The woman was half hysterical, I was mortified, and the dog just acted as if nothing had happened.

    I do think that this kind of behaviour has something to do with the dog regarding the human party as weak though. I have seen dogs tease puppies in a similar way, just because they could, if you know what I mean. I don't think it's malicious, just bratty. Banjo will sometimes do it to our cats too actually, to make them run away so she can chase them. (Sometimes they do, sometimes they let her know that they have weapons of their own)

    So personally, I think just making sure the teenager (or anyone else who does not have proper control over the dog) never walks the dog on his own again would be sufficient in the way of avoiding this behaviour.

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    Boyfriend needs to stop being substitute play thing for Bernie, he cannot fold every time Bernie wants something (ball throwing).

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    I am going with playing...

    If hes doing zoomies, biting is part of that. Our dogs always bite us when they do zoomies and play. We allow it though.

    Isnt Bernie only young too?

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    I must admit, I am with Lala, we do allow Oskar to bite when he is excited, he can sometimes be a bit hard, but he has never broken the skin.

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    Bernie has a new toy.........Bernie needs to learn that he is not his toy. Obviously he is not a responsible person to be out with the dog alone as it could lead to other things...nip it in the bud. Maybe go out together and tell the boyfrind how to behave around him...many dog bites start as fun and lead to trauma.

    If I am right Bernie is the GSD, I would not allow any biting what so ever, because it could cost him his life in the future. Especially how things are today and because he is large
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    thanks guys.
    i spoke to boyfriend, asked if it seemed aggressive, or did it seem over excitement? He said over excitement. and said he enjoyed it, it was fun, if a little scary to play with Bernie like that. (oh dear!) He has never been allowed a dog, or any other pet. He has little 'dog' sense shall we say. Not that he's soft, but doesn't read dogs, and intervene with settling dog back down.
    I can breath a sigh of relief then. . Ive suggested to b/f that because of his size, because we live in Vic, that he doesn't allow any biting, and to stop the play and slowly walk off. He can play again in a couple of minutes, but just to settle bernie down a tad in mid play session would be good. And whilst we're at it, NO BALL THROWING indoors please ever again.

    It would of been a complete character change, for him to start biting people. Phew

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