I'm kind of new to this newsgrooup and very happy to see it here! After
reading up on all of the dog bite stories, I have one to tell myself and
could use HELP!
Elvis is 17 mo. old Akita/Keeshound mix that I adopted from an animal
shelter, after my beloved 5 yr. F Akita, Aki-Lin-Be-Bop-A-Lula, died from
Bloat. Elvis was only 9 mos. old when I got him, and I probably rushed
into getting him out of pain of loss, but we love him just the same.
Anyway, I have brought him back to good health, after being fed poor
quality (if any) food, which left his fur & skin in bad shape, brought him
up on all of his shots, and have given him a very happy home with my
husband, myself, a 1 yr. old Husky "Simba"(who we saved 2 wks. after
Elvis), and our cat "Useless." (I believe Elvis was abused severly by his
Elvis has proved to be a very smart and relatively easy dog to train.
About 2 mos. ago I decided to try to brush the plaque off his canines with
a dog plaque toothbrush. He was being very brave, but without warning bit
me on the thumb & took the toothbrush. After instructing him to "Drop it"
and "dog jail" he retreated to his kennel and allowed me to lock him up,
so I could tend to my wound. It was a puncture but I tended to it myself,
by cleaning and bandaging. Last Sunday was a turn for the worse.....We
were on my bed and I was petting him when I felt a tick-like presence on
his chest, I tugged gently (I remove them from time to time with no
problem) and he jumped up and bit me on the chin. I looked into his
normally big brown eyes to see blackness. His eyes were dialated fully.
I grabbed my chin, he jumped off the bed, I screamed, my husband came &
went for ice & towel, when he came back he decided it was time for a trip
to hospital. The "boys" were kenneled and 9 stitches later, we returned
home. Last Sunday, I felt we had no choice, however by the time Monday
rolled around, I changed my mind. I am a totally non-*** person, and
will try EVERYTHING I can to NOT kill Elvis. Since I have no children &
live in the country, I think we can, with work, train him not to bite. I
believe El to be a "fear biter." I have contacted a local dog
trainer/behavi***modifiction trainer and made an appointment for an
initial consultation/observation, on July 5. Since the incident, he has
snipped at our husky & my husband a couple of times but is usually very
timid, so we are careful to watch his mood swings (ears, eyes, tail, lip
curl) whenever we are close. Elvis is 80 lbs. and follows me to keep an
eye on me all the time when I am home, I believe that he loves me as much
as I love him. If there is ANYONE who can lend us a bit of assistance, I
would appreciate any & all comments. You may e-mail me directly