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Timid Pup

Discussion in 'Training & Behavior' started by nicsgal72004, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. My husband and I have a one year old female Brindle pup. She's always had a very good nature although she's a bit timid. She hides when new people are around and it takes her a good while to warm up to people. So, here's my question. We had some friends over and they have a 2 year old daughter. Our dog, Sadie, ran and hid under our desk. The 2 year old tried to pet her and Sadie tried to bite the two-year-old's face. This is the first time she's ever been aggressive towards anyone or anything. Is this normal or should we take her to a behavioral class? Thank you in advance-
  2. MCS

    MCS CH Dog

    When would it ever to be normal for a dog to bit a person other than a personal protection dog. When the dog hides it is scared of the kid/people, you shouldn't go stick the kid up in its face.....Yes you and your dog need basic dog training skills. Learn warning signs and how to correctly address situations. There are a ton more expert people on here that will have a moutful to say and it might not be politically correct or nice, but listen to them and learn instead of leaving if you want to keep your dog from biting someone.......some might even say put a bullet in it. But me I see it as it was in a fearful situation and reacted, once is enough though. Get some training classes in read some info on here.
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  3. synno2004

    synno2004 Top Dog

    Fear aggressive dogs are extremely dangerous. If its a year old and you have socialized her, and still after all this time behaves the same way then, there is no hope.

    Sounds to me you have a time bomb. Personally, I would difuse it.
  4. outrightmike

    outrightmike CH Dog

    have her checked to see if her thyroid hormone level is.it can cause her to be timmid shy and aggresive.ive had this and had my wife bit with 3o or so stitches we had it checked the day before on the shyness and aggresion but was to late,had to put him down.it can affect male and females and there is meds for it.did it start littel then progress?
  5. outrightmike

    outrightmike CH Dog

    and its never normal to have your kids face bit off.you should seperate untill further tests or she is put down.
  6. pit#5

    pit#5 Banned

    Really a dog that bites a person / child needs to be gone. You can bet it will one day bite and get its target. Unless you are not fully explaining story proper. It’s my belief this breed of dog is so athletic that if it wanted to get its target you can’t stop it maybe it was a air warning bite. Still these dog really are supposed to be above all else great with people some might be a little reserved but , I believe one should never worry about the HA thing at all. Maybe the dog whisperer could fix her up but I think some thing isn’t right there.
  7. The situation was as I stated. Sadie was fine with the child as long as I was there coaxing her. As soon as I turned away for a second is when Sadie reacted aggressively.

    Sadie has always been a bit shy. She cowers and I can't explain why. We've never hit her or have given her any reason (in my eyes) to behave in such a way. Perhaps aggressive is the wrong word, maybe defensive would be better suited. She is afraid of everything it seems like. While she's eating if you go into the room where she's eating, she'll run away, hide and return to her food only after you've left the room. If you make a sudden movement she'll jump and even run away at times. She's easily startled. What confuses me as that she doesn't bite or snarl at our 8-year-old daughter at all.Whether or not she hit her target doesn't matter to me, just that she snapped is enough cause to be worried.

    I will look into behavior classes as well as make a vet appointment. I do not want to put Sadie to sleep, we (as a family) love her. I just don't know what to do with her at the moment and just looking for some advice.

    Again, thank you.
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  8. pit#5

    pit#5 Banned

    I know some pits have the trait of intense timidness yet many are still bold with dogs
    Many a great dog back in the day I heard were timid. I am not sure if the timidness is connected it might But many a PB that are timid and still would never bite.
    A dog is still just a dog . you say the dog is great with you child and you , does the dog act ok in public or is it so shy you can’t get it to even walk. Lets face it the main thing is the dog should not look to bite people for no reason like when you walk her . if she ok 99% of the time just take every precaution you can during the 1% moments or you might get caught out there .
  9. mac 11

    mac 11 Banned

    That timid shyness may be genetic. I have kids and I love my dogs, however nothing is more precious than human life. With that being said, I would get rid of the dog and try and get a more sound dog. I know you have an attachment to that hound, but you will have a law suit attaching to your ass if that dog bites someone, let alone more bad press for the breed. Do us a favor as APBT owners and either get rid of her or put her ass up when you have company. I would have shot that bitch if I was that 2 year olds parents.
  10. a good dog of any breed will allow whom ever their owner/owners allow. i agree the dog will bite someone.
  11. synno2004

    synno2004 Top Dog

    Please stop making excuses and justifying her behavior, Obviously she has issues. WEAK NERVES, it's GENETIC.....................
    She is your dog and pet and sure you are a caring loving owner but you have to be realistic. It's a hard decision but it's inevitable........My advice is, have her go KNOCKING ON HEAVENS DOOR
  12. Thank you all for the advice and it is well heard. I do not believe the breed is prone to aggression at all and I hope I didn't offend. I had a pit as a child and she was the most loving and well rounded dog.

    To be honest, it scared the shit out of me as much as it surprised me. After some research I think we will probably have to put her down which breaks my heart but I don't think I could live with her hurting a child. :(
  13. AmericanDogMan

    AmericanDogMan Big Dog

  14. AmericanDogMan

    AmericanDogMan Big Dog

    or like this


    But for real

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  15. AmericanDogMan

    AmericanDogMan Big Dog

    or like this...

    Actually just like this...

    Save the vet bills

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  16. AmericanDogMan

    AmericanDogMan Big Dog

  17. cutt

    cutt CH Dog

    I agree, as much as you dont want to do this..put this time bomb to sleep... Its the responsible thing to do...This type of stuff makes me wonder what is more dangerous, the timid dog who almost bit the face of the 2yr old, or the owner takin another chance and allowing the timid dog to strike again without warning....
  18. deadgam33

    deadgam33 CH Dog

    kill this man bitter..
  19. Laced Wit Game

    Laced Wit Game Yard Boy

    fuck obediance training, that dog needs a bullet in the head.

    do yourself, the kids near you, and all of us a favor............SHOOT IT!
  20. oldtymer

    oldtymer Top Dog

    I cant believe your on here asking is it normal for a timid dog to snap at a kids face. Timid dogs can be so unpredictable and are more trouble than they are worth and for that reason i have never kept nor will i keep one. If you cant lock her away when folks and kids come visiting,then if i was you i'd think long and hard about putting her to sleep,before a child becomes another statistic.

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