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Unread 05-16-2011, 10:53 AM   #1
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Ugh. My neighbors have this yippy little dog, a poodle yorkie mix. I have seen him on occasion since he was a puppy. I have always squatted down to say hi, held out a hand, let him sniff me, and never man handled him. His owners always scoop him up when he is barking and upset at anything.

He also very easily scoots through their fence, so he runs around like a maniac, coming over to our yard along with their two chihuahuas. A couple weeks ago he came after me while I was walking up my driveway. I stopped, squatted down, held out a hand. He barked and snarled at my hand, so I stood up and turned my back, and started walking again. He bit my leg, but got mainly my pants (thank goodness). I have since been more cautious of him, and will seriously have to kick him if he tries again.

Anyway, I was talking to his owner today (he ran up to me, she was out walking with him). I told her about him biting my leg, after saying how he was always so scared of me. Her answer? "Oh, he is just saying hi, he does it to me too." .... No, this dog is not saying hi. He is biting out of fear, barking, snarling, and being obnoxious. I really thought that she would apologize, try to keep him in his own yard, something. No. She laughed. If he bites me again now, for sure, I will probably have to really fight the urge to kick. I don't want to hurt him, but I am not risking him taking a chunk out of my leg. Sigh.

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Another small dog owner who thinks it's ok to have an untrained dog. This is what gives small dogs such a bad rap. This is the same reason why I always stayed away from small breeds. Every little dog I have ever come in contact with, was yappy, snappy, and untrained. My Chi is 6 years old, but well trained. He's the first little dog I have ever owned.. but training is the key. I'd report the dog bite. If this dog was a pit or a rottie, it would be reported. Just because a little dog does less damage, does not mean it should go unreported. I'd let your neighbor know the next time the dog bites you, it will be reported. It's not ok for any dog to bite, reguarless of size.

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Lee said it all. I've never been bitten by a big dog... but many a small dog. People tote them around and treat them like little humans. They are dogs... not kids cats or play things. They need training exercise and more socialization than bigger dogs in my opinion.

There is a client of one of my trainer friends who has a teach York and she works that pup like a dobie. :P

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Lou, exactly. As I have said before on this Forum, I trained my Chi exactly the same way I trained my Collies. A dog, is a dog, is a dog. Many little dog bites go unreported, because little damage is done. We would have a lot less "ankle biters" if people would just do the proper training.

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I'm with you guys. My little dog started going to dog parks at 4 months, as soon as the vet gave us the OK. She is never allowed to get away with being a yippy little dog. If she went after the big dogs like that, and ran to me for back up, she was ignored. She learned that she is smaller, and has to have manners. She has not been allowed to be like that to people.

The thing that gets me the most is that this woman LAUGHED. How in the world do you laugh when your dog bites someone?

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Laceface... I hear ya'. If my dog bit someone, I would not be laughing. I call it little dog syndrome. It's "ok" because they are little.

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Just curious... has Quinn met this little dog? If so, how does it behave around her?
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Just curious... has Quinn met this little dog? If so, how does it behave around her?
Yes he has. He barks like mad, but Quinn is incredibly non threatening. She sniffs, and runs around. He runs and barks with her, but I think he is in panic mode more then "oh boy a friend" mode. Until they got him last year, Quinn used to play with their golden retriever/poodle cross about weekly. Now, she can't even play outside outside her fence with out Teddy barking and coming at her, which leads her to their yard.

I think Teddy is pretty much scared of anything that isn't HIS family, HIS dogs.

He makes me really happy that Quinn isn't like this!

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