|Barked: Sat Oct 11, '08 7:53pm PST |
|Hi all. This is Sadie Bug's Grammy here. We have a BIG problem at our house and we don't know what to do about it so I decided to ask you humans how you would advise us to handle this.
Sadie's mom, Maddie, is the sweetest little girl BUT she bites anyone who comes into our home. She will back up and growl and growl and then she very quickly sprints over to the person, nips them and retreats. Last weekend we were gone and had someone come to the house to sit with the dogs 24/7 while we were gone. It was someone the dogs know, who is here often and we thought Maddie would be fine with her because we had some alone time outside the house with her and Maddie prior to us leaving. BUT when she unlocked the front door and walked into the house Maddie grabbed hold of her leg and didn't let go; Brenda had to kick her off. Maddie left a big bruise on her leg with four bite marks (two were only surface, and two were puncture wounds).
Thank God Brenda is a good friend or she could cause us a lot of trouble and we might even have to have Maddie put down. We don't want to do that, but we don't know what to do.
When we have visitors we keep Maddie in the garage, but she barks the entire time anyone is here (she's got great hearing and as long as she can hear someone different she barks). We've also muzzled her, but I hate doing that so that's why we now put her in the garage.
Our vet says that Maddie bites out of fear; it's like she's saying "I'm gonna get you before you get me." but we still can't let her do it. HOW do we let her know that she's safe? Can anyone give us some advise on what to do? Please.
You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any suggestions. THANK YOU.
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