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Didn't have an account at the type of posting this, but uh hey OP here. My pupper is about 7 years old, and hasn't really done anything close to this before; sure she has growled if you get near her bone, but this was quite a surprise. After she bit me she was a bit grumpy the rest of the day, but seems to be fine now so I'm not sure what caused her to assault me while I slept. To anyone concerned about the bite it's pretty much healed up, can only see a scratch or two left behind on my cheek.
By Yimothemage / Tuesday 20 December 2016 11:26 /
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In this case, the something wrong is sleeping in the same bed as a dog whom would react the way they did. Red flags would be I'd their dog is ever aggressive. I'd have no qualms sleeping in the same bed as my dog because is extremely gentle. doesn't even bite kids you lay on top of hom, pull his ears/tail. he lives kids for some reason. He also let's people or other dogs touch his food and doesn't really care. He gets startled in his sleep sometimes. but all he does is sit up really fast. to las

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By  species4872

Now you know who's the Alpha.

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I believe you're being sarcastic about it being a good thing, but maybe I'm wrong. Either way it actually is a good thing! A cage doesn't have to be some cold dark cramped torture technique. It's their own cute little bedroom! If you get them a cage with ample enough space for the size of the dog and give them a bed/blanket to lay on then there shouldn't ever be a problem. We have always kennel trained our dogs because of things like this. As well as who doesn't enjoy to have their whole bed ins

It sounds like your dog isn't very well trained, and if not, he shouldn't be sleeping in the bed with you. If you've established the alpha role it's okay but if not, it's very bad behavior to reward. You may want to consider bringing him to obedience school or talking to your vet about any underlying health issues your dog may have (could also be in pain, making him react that way).

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Alpha theory was disproven by the same person who "discovered" it. It was based on decades old, outdated information which was done on captive wolves who were from various wild packs and thrown together with limited resources in a zoo so, naturally, they fought. Dogs aren't trying to dominate people and this reaction seems like it became frightened by sudden movement and panicked. Much the same as someone jumping out to scare someone and being punched in the face out of reflex. If the

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Whether it's true in packs or not, the idea of a parent or alpha role is very effective in dog training. Just like kids will test their parents, dogs will test their owners. A firmly established hierarchy is very helpful for many breeds of dogs and helps reduce destructive behavior. Dogs very much do challenge their owners. If you don't want to call it "alpha," that's fine, but the behavior is still there. The more established the owner is at the top of the hierarchy, the less a dog wi

I rarely post any comments here but I'm passionate about dogs so here you go: "Bite inhibition, sometimes referred to as a soft mouth (a term which also has a distinct meaning), is a behavior in carnivorans (dogs, cats, etc.) whereby the animal learns to moderate the strength of its bite. It is an important factor in the socialization of pets." I'm really sorry about your.. ehm face, but to you guys saying dogs are unpredictable - they're not, but dogs can't talk, and so they speak i

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As a dog trainer I can't agree more with your statement. It worries me that the dog was so startled. It would make more sense if they weren't home and at an unfamiliar place as the dog is likely to be a little bit excited. I can see my German Shepherd reacting that way if we weren't in a familiar place but she is naturally already nervous.

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In this case, the something wrong is sleeping in the same bed as a dog whom would react the way they did. Red flags would be I'd their dog is ever aggressive. I'd have no qualms sleeping in the same bed as my dog because is extremely gentle. doesn't even bite kids you lay on top of hom, pull his ears/tail. he lives kids for some reason. He also let's people or other dogs touch his food and doesn't really care. He gets startled in his sleep sometimes. but all he does is sit up really fast. to las

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