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    I agree the dog sounds like a show bred GSD and not necessarily suffering hip dysplasia. The rear ends on show GSDs can be pretty terrible... But they are normally all from hip scored normal parents. Just a sad trend in style...

    I'm a bit confused though, was it a bite, or was it a scratch from a jumpy, mouthy pup? Did the pup have scratchy puppy teeth or heavier adult teeth? It sounds like your injury is more likely to have come from being grazed by a tooth than from being bitten down on.

    Some pups are very mouthy and wave their mouths about a whole lot. Very easy to get scratched by them if they are leaping about like loonies.

    I'm not trying to make excuses, it just sounds to me like more of an accident than an aggressive incident. I have a litter of pups at the moment and am covered in scratches from teeth and claws, and they're only little!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    I have a litter of pups at the moment and am covered in scratches from teeth and claws, and they're only little!
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    A scratch doesn't leave swelling and would be shallower. So a front teeth lunge and as you say very sharp.
    It was a loonie and i hope it is muzzled if its out again.

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    FV that was a nasty situation you found yourself in. Any dog aggro scenario shakes the best of us up, or it has me.
    I dont necessarily see the pup as having an issue. I would expect that sort of behaviour from a working dog. And be ready for it! which is what unfortunately, the owners were not. And if this was the 1st incident, im sure it was traumatic for them also.

    I have been that owner

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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    FV that was a nasty situation you found yourself in. Any dog aggro scenario shakes the best of us up, or it has me.
    I dont necessarily see the pup as having an issue. I would expect that sort of behaviour from a working dog. And be ready for it! which is what unfortunately, the owners were not. And if this was the 1st incident, im sure it was traumatic for them also.
    I have been that owner
    Well it was leashed which is the main reason I didn't pursue it. At least they will no longer persist with the myth that it is just noise

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    How is your arm today ?

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    Getting better for sure, thanks.

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    Glad you're getting better.

    But a scratch certainly can swell... a naughty, mouthy puppy has a whole lot of weight behind an out of control jump. And teeth marks can and do contain bacteria which causes swelling and localised infection quickly.

    A GSD at this age would be at least 15 or so kilos... That's a big hit from an open mouth, without any bite down.

    Again I'm not trying to diminish what happened to you or excuse the puppy at all. Just trying to shed some light on puppy behaviours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nattylou View Post
    Glad you're getting better.

    But a scratch certainly can swell... a naughty, mouthy puppy has a whole lot of weight behind an out of control jump. And teeth marks can and do contain bacteria which causes swelling and localised infection quickly.

    A GSD at this age would be at least 15 or so kilos... That's a big hit from an open mouth, without any bite down.

    Again I'm not trying to diminish what happened to you or excuse the puppy at all. Just trying to shed some light on puppy behaviours.
    I agree Nattylou, puppies can give quite a harsh bite without being aggressive, especially the large breeds! When my friend's Great Dane was young she was a very nippy pup i had big cuts all over my legs and huge swollen bruises from the bites and from her pawing at my legs. I quickly learnt to wear old jeans and long sleeve jumpers around the pup if i wanted to avoid being covered in scratches and bites. Now although she can be a little excited when visitors come, she is heaps better behaved, and is a lovely dog to be around

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    Well I am not arguing about that which is why i didn't push it any further. It was seriously over stimulated by the situation it was in for whatever reason.The dog is a baby, but a great big dangerous baby in inexpert hands. That is my main concern.

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