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    Denver TV anchor bitten on air by just-rescued dog | News.com.au

    sister shared this link to me - I watched it and read the article. Cannot find any reason why the dog suddenly changed in reaction and
    launched to the reporter, the dog seems to be ok, is it because the reporter keeps rubbing the dogs face and there is another hand grabbing the dogs ear and the dog just getting really irritated? or is it because the dog is traumatized of the accident happened to him? Would you know why? please discuss

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    When it gets to around 23 seconds she put her face up into the dogs face. Before that the dog looked fine, comfortable etc. This is why a lot of attacks happen, mainly to children when they get right up in there.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jadielee87 View Post
    When it gets to around 23 seconds she put her face up into the dogs face. Before that the dog looked fine, comfortable etc. This is why a lot of attacks happen, mainly to children when they get right up in there.
    Do dogs feel threatened or challenged bout this?

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    It can be a challenge to some dogs, but you are also getting into their personal space. Imagine how you would feel if someone did the same thing to you? You would push them away/back away from the situation. In this case the dog couldn't go anywhere and it's only reaction is to bite. Its one of the things you never do to a dog you don't know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pbk1776 View Post
    Do dogs feel threatened or challenged bout this?
    It's an invasion of personal space. This dog has literally been rescued in the last 24 hours from a stressful situation and thrust into another stressful situation. The set of a tv news station or any show infact is very bright and very hot under all the lights. Then he has hands rubbing all over him and a strange lady shoves her face up close to his.

    Picture this. You're trapped cold and scared, then strange people from another country that don't speak English rescue you, shove you in a van, take you to a hospital, check you over without talking to you, then put you back in a van, take you out, walk you into a room that's full of scary things you've never seen before, then a person starts touching you and grabbing at you, then finally goes in for what you think could be a "bite/ head butt". Would you try to protect yourself? I know I would.

    The bite was a fear bite and a warning. If he aimed to cause any major harm he would've held on, not bitten, released and moved back away from her. He wasn't comfortable in the situation.

    We don't know how the dog was behaving before anyone was patting it, if it was still panting it can also be a sign of stress (and/or possibly heat, due to hot set lighting).

    These people wanted to show how friendly and beautiful he was to the public, but now I'm afraid, due to lack of public knowledge and understanding, that this dog is vicious and can't be rehomed. To show what a great dog he was, they should've just let him sit quietly on the floor and allowed him to come to them for a pat, OR just let the people that rescued him (who he probably trusts to some level) show him affection for being calm. If I was holding that dog, I would've told the reporter from the start "keep away from the face and avoid touching his mouth".

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    there was also a noise, and as said above you can see the dog draws his face away just as the reporter puts her face to his. Lots of licking and you know what the second time I watched it he didn't look all that comfortable from the start.

    Rule number one in my book is dog is in a strange place, has from what I can gather been thru some trauma but most of all the dog had no where to go, he draws his head back but it is blocked by the legs of the person holding the lead very short. You should never corner an unknown dog like that, particularly in an overwhelming situation and give him nowhere to go.

    Why people feel the need to overcrowd or stick their faces into those of an unknown dog is beyond me. Again as said above, I would of thought she was a nut if she'd done that to me and been highly uncomfortable.
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    According to KUSA, Doug Kelley, the director of Denver Animal Care and Control, said Max's owner will be cited for the dog bite, for a leash law violation and for not having Max vaccinated for rabies.

    Kelley said Max showed no signs of the disease.

    He had been chasing a coyote onto ice when he plunged into the icy waters of Smith Reservoir and paddled for 20 minutes before a fireman trained in cold-water rescue pulled him out.
    I'm glad the dog isn't going to be put down.

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    Haven't watched the vid because I'm at work, but from the reactions, the reporter sounds like a bit of an idiot!

    My old dog was very placid around people. But one day she was lying on the couch at my friend's place and this woman who was visiting leaned over her and brought her face right near hers. I watched the dog carefully and got more and more concerned about her body language. She looked so very intimidated. Even though I had never before been worried that she would bite someone, I really was about to say: "Please move back because she might bite you" - which just sounded so strange. But fortunately just then the woman backed off. She thought she was just being friendly with the dog but I saw her body language as very threatening to the dog, though I couldn't have desribed exactly why. It wasn't just her bringing her head so close, but the way in which she did it and her whole body posture and the fact that the dog was cornered. This was the only time in 10 years that I ever worried about my dog snapping at a human.

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    Poor dog.

    I wouldn't have allowed my dog to have been put in that situation after such a stressful experience.

    I am surprised the dog isn't being PTS not because of the bite but because it wasn't vaccinated for rabies, in the States if a dog bites a person and isn't vacced for rabies they have to check to see if the dog has the virus and the only way to tell is to cut open its skull and look at the brain.

    Glad he isn't being PTS though and hopefully the silly anchor won't be putting her face in the face of dogs every again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    the only way to tell is to cut open its skull and look at the brain.

    There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.

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