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Thread: Bitiing my arm. Why?

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    When I get home, even from just a 10 minute trip to the shops, the dogs to their usual 'I'm so happy to see you' display with the roo-roos and body wagging etc. The last few weeks, when I've been patting them and saying hello Meika has been placing her mouth over my arm/wrist and holding in there for a few seconds, then takes it off. It doesn't hurt while she does it, she doesn't put any pressure on me, and she's never been a very mouthy dog with us at all, she would rather play with toys than 'wrestle'. It doesn't bother me that she does it at all, and there is no need to stop her as she only does it to me and nobody else but I was just wondering if anybody has any ideas on why she's doing it? It's only when I get home from being away that she does it, not while I'm patting her normally.

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    She clearly wants to embark on a career as an attack dog and you are a bad parents for not allowing her to reach her potential? lol That's my way of saying: NFI.

    It does sound weird she only just started doing it. I have a very mouthy dog and am constantly trying to make her stop. I can cope with it, but our guests sometimes not!

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    hahaha that must be it! A 14kg vicious monster!

    She doesn't do it to guests yet thankfully, just me, a friend and I joke that she's going "I love you sooooo much I just want to eat you!"

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    How old is she KM?
    Snoopy has some new behaviours now that he is 19 months old.
    Just things that he has not done before.
    Ginny is the same, she is 10 months now and her latest teenage fad is a want to be a streetfighter.
    She is Jason Statham on 4 legs. I hope she grows out of this soon.
    I just cannot remember all the stages of puppyhood, it feels like so long ago.

    Newsfie often wrote of "the ignore" on arriving home.
    I enjoy the ecstatic greeting also, but have toned myself down a lot.
    You could maybe just speak very softly to them and avoid eye contact,
    tell them to "go to your mat etc and you can have a treat."
    I have to follow my own advice as well!

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    I must admit that I really, really miss the enthusiastic greeting when I come home. But because Banjo can go from asleep to 'monkey on speed' mode in 3 seconds flat I decided to do the ignore thing. It works very well and it may even play its part in preventing separation anxiety, but I really don't like it!

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    Nothing to worry about, it's just a habit she's gotten into. Dogs bite each other as a way of bonding. If you don't like it, tell her "no" in a stern voice, otherwise it's all good

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    She's around 2 years old I don't mind her doing it at all, it's kinda cute but was just wondering out of curiosity why she has started doing it.

    I don't know if I could ignore the dogs, haha, there is nothing I love more than coming home from a crappy day at work and being greeted by two dogs who are so excited to see me they're about to explode, it's a great feeling

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    My old dog did the best zoomies and roo-roo-roos when I got home. Even if I'd gone for only 10 minutes.

    But Banjo still reverts to jumping if she gets too excited.

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    i think of my dog's mouth as her hand - ie to hold things she can't hold with her paws alone. So imagine it was a childs hand not your dog's mouth that she's grabbing you with.

    Personally - I don't like it much - as with my dog - it usually escalates into an attempt to invite play and can get a bit rough and it's important to me that she understands "it's not what you do with humans" ever. Because if she uses it as a show of affection with the wrong human - they're going to freak out. So what I do - is very gently and slowly - push. I push my arm or hand or what ever bit of me she's grabbed - further down the hatch until she finds it uncomfortable and tries to spit me out. And then I hold for a second and let her spit me out.

    I don't do the big wiggly bum greeting when I get home - because I worry that may aggravate separation anxiety - and maybe get things around the house peed on or smashed in puppy excitement. So I go through the house, put my stuff down, and straight out the back door and stand around waiting for a 'sh!tnapiss" before I do any greeting the dog. And then it's gentle schmoozing stroking pats and leanings and massages and ear rubs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I don't do the big wiggly bum greeting when I get home - because I worry that may aggravate separation anxiety - and maybe get things around the house peed on or smashed in puppy excitement. So I go through the house, put my stuff down, and straight out the back door and stand around waiting for a 'sh!tnapiss" before I do any greeting the dog. And then it's gentle schmoozing stroking pats and leanings and massages and ear rubs.
    +1, it's always better to give affection when the dog is calm, and to ignore it when it's excited. It comes down to personal preference but you can avoid a lot of problem behaviour that way.

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