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Q. Our dog bit the newspaper carrier - what should I do?

I have a little Westie mix, 1 1/2 years old, 20 lbs, neutered male.

He is of course territorial. He is up to date on his shots, has a microchip, and we have an underground electric fence around our property. We live in town. He's a good little dog, but barks when anyone comes to the door or near the yard.

He's hadn't bitten anyone until today. He was in our front yard barking this evening and I could tell he was barking at someone or something in particular - usually its just a squirrel in a tree across the street. I went out to the front porch to investigate and a female newspaper carrier was walking on the sidewalk in front of our house. My dog was barking at her.

I called him to come in, he continued to bark furiously at her, and to my astonishment the woman then walked right into our yard, onto my property despite the barking dog and approached me with the newspaper. I walked out to meet her partway, and my dog jumped up behind her and bit her on the butt. I wasn't sure he'd actually bit her, I thought perhaps he'd just lunged, but she said 'well, he got me'. I apologized, put him inside the house and she left. An hour or so later she called to say my dog had actually broken the skin, and she wanted to be sure he was 'up to date' as she put it.

I don't think it's much of a bite, because she referred to it at first as a 'welt' until I asked specifically if it had broken the skin and she said it had. I assured her he was up to date on his shots, I apologized again, but she had worked herself up into a state by this time and apparently didn't feel I was apologetic enough, especially when I expressed my surprise that she had come onto my property when the dog was so obviously barking at her.

No more has been said, but if she does decide to turn this into an issue, will my dog be at risk? Will I be liable for whatever claim she might decide to bring?



A. You are at risk from a legal standpoint. If she chooses to get an attorney it will be an automatic law suit that you will lose. When you lose it you will also lose your current home owners insurance because they will drop you.

If you want to keep this dog you need to change the way you live with this dog. It needs serious training - run him through my Basic Obedience DVD and use a dominant dog collar.

The problem is your dog is a dominant dog and obedience is only a small small part of the solution. A necessary part but only a part.

This dog needs pack behavior modification and control. Plus you need to completely control his environment. He can never come into contact with non-pack members. This is not an issue for me as I NEVER allow people to touch my dogs - never and not for any reason. Dogs are pack animals and strangers are not part of their family pack.

I would recommend that you also get the DVD I just finished titled Dealing with Dominant & Aggressive Dogs. This was a 5 year project that took hundreds of hours to produce. You NEED this information.

I hope this helps.
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This collar is not intended to give a painful correction. It is intended to take the air away from a dominant aggressive dog. More dogs are put to sleep everyday for aggression problems than they are properly trained. Killing a dog must ALWAYS be the last resort. Learning how to use a dominant dog collar can and will often make the difference between having a dog put down or ending up as a pack leader and a dog the you can live with. Some dogs will often get over-stimulated by a prong collar resulting in a more hectic and aggressive dog. The Dominant Dog Collar is designed to be used on handler aggressive or dog aggressive dogs. Using a Dominant Dog collar correctly on the takes the drive and fight out of the dog. Leerburg's Dominant Dog Collars If you have a problem with dog aggression or a dominant dogs, we recommend that you get the Dealing with Dominant and Aggressive Dogs DVD. We also have an extensive collection of articles pertaining to dominant and aggressive dogs We recommend you read the article on Dealing with the Dominant Dog written by Ed Frawley. Individuals who use this collar for handler aggression should have their dog undergo through a solid pack structure program. For adult dogs, we recommend the Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet DVD. For puppies, we recommend the Living with Your Puppy - Establishing Pack Structure DVD. Due to government restrictions, countries such as Australia and a few in Europe do not allow the use of remote or electric collars. These dominant dog collars are a viable alternative.

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Dealing with Dominant and Aggressive Dogs
Dealing with Dominant and Aggressive Dogs
3 Hours, 30 Minutes
In my DVD, I provide 3 1/2 hours of information to help people solve their problems with dominant dogs and aggressive dogs. This information is based on 45 years of experience training dogs. For the last 30 years I have studied the art of protection training dogs. I was a police K9 handler for 10 years, and was chairman of the training committee for the WI police dog association for a number of those years. I have bred German Shepherds for police service work for 28 years. During this time I have bred over 350 litters of working dogs. I have dogs from my kennel working in law enforcement, Search and Rescue and competing in Schutzhund all over this country. No one I know in the United States can make these claims.

Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet
Establishing Pack Structure with the Family Pet
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The goal of our pack structure training program is to produce a dog that is calm and submissive and a dog that follows the rules of the pack leader. This DVD teaches people how to become a pack leader that their dog respects and loves. Most people are not born pack leaders. In fact, far from it. The majority of dog owners (many who have owned dogs their entire life) simply do not know anything about the instincts that control our dogs or how strong these instincts are in the domestic dog. Oh people may have heard that they need to be a pack leader or they may have heard they need to be an ALPHA with their dog but they do not understand what this really means or how to accomplish it.


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