Meh I really don't see what's the big deal with gatehouse's comment. Sent from my iPhone using Petguide.com Free App
Yeah, I just took it as somewhat tongue-in-cheek.
Then again, I've traveled with other dog show folks for years, and have heard all kinds of kidding around about crating kids and so forth.
I guess we forget sometimes that not everyone will take it as a joke.
And, playpens ARE sort of crates for kiddos
Hi, i know the situation is very grave. I was curious for advice because everyone i know in my family would say to put her down because no one else will take her knowing she has had problems with biting. It's hard to convince others that warning snaps are different than real bites. Having her for 6 years, I know she is not a vicious dog. I really do believe she had to be tough being a stray and that she has come a long way since we first got her.
You need to contact IDR+ immediately. I see MC has beaten me to it, but it was the first thing I thought of, reading your initial post.
I applaud you for not leaping to the conclusion your dog is "vicious"; however, she now has at least two level two bites to her credit. To quantify the degree of severity, Dr. Ian Dunbar, has created the following chart/guide on bite "levels".
Level 1: This bite does not touch the skin. The dog is air biting or snapping.
Level 2: This bite makes contact with the skin, but doesn't break the skin. Pain and bruising may result, but no abrasions will be visible.
Level 3: This bite ranges from a one to three punctures in a single bite with one puncture less than ˝ the depth of the eye-tooth (fang) with or without some tearing.
Level 4: The dog is putting great pressure into the bite. 1 to 4 puncture wounds with or without tearing, more than ˝ the depth of the eye tooth. This is usually accompanied with bruising and likely to require medical attention. These injuries suggest the dog grabbed and shook what was in its mouth.
Level 5: Multiple level 4 bites. This dog is usually beyond the ability to reason and may feel his/her
life is threatened.
Level 6: The dog has killed.
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No matter how much of a PITA it is, please prevent any chance of something more serious occurring, until you can find a permanent resolution for the dog, with the guidance of IDR.
If you initially adopted her from IL Doberman Rescue Plus, you need to contact them first.
I have 2 young kids and a dobe. It is a lot of work to keep them apart or supervised at all times. It's exhausting. I can't wait until they are older and can be trusted to respect his (dog) space. We are teaching them that the dog is off limits, no chasing, no hugging, no pats etc. Eventually they'll get it but until then it's our duty to keep them apart. We owe this to our dog. I want this to be his forever home.
The part I bolded: Possibly one of the most awesome points ever made on this forum.