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Old 09-21-2005, 02:01 PM
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The little gal we adopted has bit my hubby twice now. We have had her 4 days or so.
She is very sweet and loving.. yet a bit clingy and I guess that's because she's new too.. Her and beenie get along great too!
All I know is before she came to the shelter she lived with an *OLD* man.
I am wo ndering if maybe she's so angry at times because it's so new to her. I really think that's the case.
She bit my hubby when he gave her a treat. And then last night he tried to pull the covers up and she bit him so hard he bled.
I am so devastated. Monday we found out the puppy my parents were getting from the same place died from Parvo and I am still so upset about that. Now my hubby is insistant on getting rid of this little nameless girl
I am having a hard time handling this and think this is all because she's new.
Has anyone had a similar experience when adopting? If so what makes it better? I REALLY dont want to turn her back in
(I was so mad that he and beenie had to sleep on the couch! )
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I have kinda the same problem as well, but Miellie's only 10 weeks old and still learning and I don't think she means it in a bad way, although sometimes I have my doubts. I don't have any advice (don't even have for myself) but good luck!
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Old 09-21-2005, 04:52 PM
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Sounds to me like she might have an issue with men.
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Tucker didn't come from a shelter but he was the "shy guy" in the litter. When I first brought him home he was fine with everyone but by the 3rd day he would only tolerate me. There were a lot of changes going on in his life and he was frightened. He would actually charge my husband and my son (17yrs) and if they even tried to touch him he'd go beserk. We just kept socializing and I would leave them home with him and go out myself so that Tucker had to rely on their care. It only lasted about 2wks (each day was different some bad some not). He did draw blood once too. The thing is you have to give them time to feel secure, but also not protect them when they are acting like this as it reinforces their fearful reaction. Try having hubby stay home with her without you. Also try not having her sleep in your bed, see if a crate is more secure for her and then hubby doesn't have to leave. The dog should be the one to leave the bed/area not the people.
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Old 09-21-2005, 06:02 PM
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OmaKitty is afraid of men and she was abused by a man. I took her to a behaviorist after I got her to "cure" her of several different things, including her fear responses, and was told to expose her to men as much as possible and let them have one on one time with her.

I'm assuming your hubby works all day but maybe if he could set aside some time to work on her training, she would see him as dominant and the biting might come to an end. Also, having her sleep in a crate instead of the bed would probably benefit both of them.

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I remember someone having that same problem. She had her husband take the dog for walks and made sure the dog always walked behind him. Maybe you could also try having your husband be the one to feed her.
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Give her time to settle in. Its all so new to her. Hopefully when she knows you and your family better and that your home is for keeps she'll settle down and chill out. I know from experience that the transition can be difficult for rescue dogs especially if they've had a rough time in the past. Paddy, a rescue greyhound who'd been an ex racing dog that we had years ago found it difficult to trust but when he finally did he was a wonderful, contented pet.
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Most rescue dogs require a great deal of time, effort and TLC. A lot of them have been abused in some form, either physically or emotionally. If you've only had her for 4 days, you need to give her more time to adjust to her new family and surroundings. Rescues find it much more difficult to trust and you need to be patient.

If possible, have your husband take her for walks and feed her so she can learn to accept him. Crating her at night is also a good idea, at least until she adjusts to her new family

My last rescue had evidently been abused by a man, and she was terrified of men. She did gradually learn to tolerate some of the men in my family, but I don't think she ever really trusted any of them.

Rescues usually require extra patience, work and love, but believe me they are sooo worth it. They make the most devoted, loving and loyal pet you could ever hope to have.
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