Dog Biting Problems

 

You know that a biting dog is no fun. But most people, whether dog owner or not, normally seem to consider the wound as the only dog biting problem. This short article however will show you that a biting dog can result in a whole slew of dog biting problems.

The following dog bite problems are quite common:

  • wound infection risk
  • transmitted diseases
  • victim's work incapacity
  • income loss
  • time and cost of medical care
  • disfigurement
  • skin restoration
  • community fine
  • losing the right to keep a dog
  • formal complaint of the victim
  • threats from the victim's clan of family and friends
  • costly lawsuit
  • depleted bank account
  • And if your dog bit a child, then you've got a whole slew of additional problems to deal with!

Got a "dog jumping" problem? Phew! A dog biting problem makes all your other "dog problems" pure joy!

Dog biting in general, and German Shepherd biting in particular, is a serious concern for the dog owner, for the family, and for unrelated third parties. With a small pet dog and a household without children, a dog bite may be annoying and painful but isn't really dangerous (except if the dog bite transmitted a disease or the wound gets infected). But with a German Shepherd and a household with small children, a biting dog is seriously dangerous:

  • for anatomical reasons: large impact area (long snout with protruding teeth)
  • for physical reasons: strong and athletic
  • for personality reasons: guard dog with protective instinct and strong will power

Luckily, the German Shepherd Dog is a herding dog though, and herding dogs are not prone to uncontrolled biting because of their inbred instinct to guard the herd and to lead strays back to the herd. None of this inbred work ethos promotes biting. Nipping yes - to nudge strays back to the herd - but not biting (for the difference between biting and nipping see the article on Dog biting).

This is why German Shepherds make such wonderful family dogs. The more children, the better for the GSD. The GSD may be trying all day to bring all the family members together.

And this is why there are actually very few dog biting problems involving a German Shepherd Dog (or an Alsatian if you want). We have all the details, down to dog bite figures, in our MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL.

 

 

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    myGS has a very red/sore top lip, any advise please

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      Mike, you got a photo? Any ulcer visible? For how long has lip been sore? Does the dog eat from plastic bowl? Drink from plastic bowl? How old is dog? Known allergies? Known autoimmune defect? Infected gums/teeth? Was the dog on antibiotics or corticosteroids??

      I am not jesus to guess based on 6 words from you what is wrong.
      Most likely its either an allergy or an infection or an autoimmune response (in this order).

      What did the vet say, if you were there? Let me know.

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    Hi Tim,

    I signed up for the weekly magazines, It’s probably the best website I’ve seen so far on GSD’s. I do have a question
    I adopted an 11 month old German Shepherd about 11 weeks ago. He’s a very good dog, very obedient (took him to K9 classes). I’ve been very busy training him every day to get where I am at this point since he was only housebroken when I got him and didn’t even know the simple command sit. But when he’s playing/training with me at the park and another dog walks by I make sure he lays down and is relaxed, when I do give him the "break" command to play with the other dog he constantly wants to put his paws on the other dogs back or bite their necks. Most dogs don’t like it and start squeaking whether he’s hurting them or not. Owners of the other dogs don’t like it at all.
    I was wondering what the best way is to teach him not to show his dominance to other dogs and not to bite them.
    I saw you have a few books written, what would be the best one to read about a dog being dominant to other dogs but submissive at home?

    Thank you for your response.
    Tamara

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    Hi. We really need some help with our girl.
    She's a 14 month old pure bred Shephard and she's nuts! She bites our arms and ankles, barks at us and jumps on us when we go outside. (Us meaning myself and 4 kids.) She won't do it to my husband though. She will settle down after about 10 minutes....for a little while! As soon as the kids start running, she's at it again! It's getting to the point where I don't want her around the kids. We have a huge backyard and part of it's fenced off for her when we are out and at night, but now I don't want her out at all. She's so beautiful and such a great dog apart from the obvious.
    I would love some advice because we really don't want to give up on her :(

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      Melissa, you're doing everything wrong and you have issues that make your dog end up in a shelter(!), but you don't bother to be a member, nor even to subscribe to FREE help? Inconceivable! We can't help ignorance. Only interested dog owners.
      But as I am at it, here's what you should be doing instead of posting help! requests on the web: Start with the free New Puppy Checklist and free New Dog Checklist that you see BIG on the left on every page. Because your problems can easily be solved IF you're willing to learn what to do.

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    Hey! I have a 10-month old full bred White German Shepherd. She's a GREAT dog, and she's been really simple to train for the most part. She fetches, searches, sits, lays down, and doesn't jump.. I have always been really impressed with how quickly she learns what I try to teach her. However, when I take her to my parent's house, she has a real issue with biting the kids. It isn't a "mean" bite, but she does this half-bark/half-howl thing and bites at them. I assume that she's wanting to play, since she also jumps around them when she does it.. The problem is that I CAN'T get her to stop. I've tried everything. She knows its wrong, because she immediately lays down and tucks her tail when she does it, but she won't quit! I love my GSD to death, but its making me not want to take her to my parent's house anymore! Has anyone else had similar problems or have any advice on how to deal with this?

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      Shelby, from now on take your dog before a meal, and have the kids at your parent's house perform our Feeding Routine (is in the Periodicals and in the free books), to the letter, all of it. Everytime you visit, a different kid. The kids can even swap upon postponing the meal.

      Secondly, teach the kids to ignore the dog completely upon any unwanted behavior, and only to give attention again when the kid has called the dog to him/her a bit later.

      Do both the above during the next 5 visits at least, and your problems will be solved.

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    My 17 month male GSD just suddenly decided to charge puppies and fight them when we are playing ball at the dog park. He is intact. No puncture wounds, no blood to any of the five one year old puppies he's gone after, who have fought back as hard as him. I've spent countless hours training him and exercising him a lot. I don't hit him. I can put my hand in his food bowl. Trained bite inhibition. He knows I'm alpha. He's played recently with a four year old and two year old on many occasions. With his toys. When he would take his ball out of the four years old hand he would do it gently. He's never bit anyone or gotten aggressive like that. Let's everyone pet him. He is good with older dogs and usually avoids the dogs that don't like intact dogs. I stopped taking him to the dog park as a result. I'm not sure if I should not take the ball to play with him as that may be where some of this is coming from "protecting the ball". Or is it more of a he isn't very tolerant of puppy play? It's very random. One time he spent ten minutes sniffing with a one year old Mastiff and everything was fine. I had the ball out. I took the ball as I always do and wash it off and my GSD drinks water. Then we walk to the gate to leave. The mastiff suddenly comes running out of nowhere and slides up to my dog in kind of a puppy play style, with the two paws far in front of them while they have their butt in the air. Friendly looking. Suddenly my dog snaps and starts snarling and the mastiff starts snarling, they never actually even bit each other. I broke it up and then they both went at it again. No bites landed. Then my dog walked away behind me to the gate, smiling. The mastiff was bouncing around as well. Another time my dog got into the park and growled at some husky that was one year bouncing around. Ten minutes of ball time passed and that husky had been also wanting to play. Suddenly, my dog just turned around and went on top of it and was biting, as was the husky. We broke it up and my dog was smiling again. I leashed him. Made him go down and waited until the husky owner gathered his dog. Other puppies were nearby him and doing nearly the same thing. He also did this to six month old that was bobbing around him. Not sure if I should tell the owner of their dog to maybe get them away from him. Never an issue before. He used to shrug off that behavior from younger dogs. He has never growled at us. Once has he really barked/growled at a guy who looked like he was breaking into a house. He was actually just fixing a window at night. My dog barks when the doorbell rings and we tell him quiet and lay down and he does. Person enters then I will allow him to say hello. Repair men, workers, he doesn't freak out on people and bark. Doesn't bark at dogs on walks, unless the other dog is freaking out barking at him, most of the time he blows it off. He's too busy checking me out. I'm at a total loss and i don't want this to grow into something more aggressive. Also, these lashing outs have happened with dog walkers in the park and when they are not there. He only has done it to dogs that aren't in dog walking groups.

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    Is there a specific training method you have that I can purchase? Like a manual for this?

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      There is no need to purchase anything here, it says above: "Subscribe to the MYGERMANSHEPHERD PERIODICAL here on the site for free." You will then get regular Periodicals over the coming years.

      Only if you don't want to wait years to receive everything for free, you may want to become a supporting site member with one of these options, both of which provide you with even more valuable information than what freebie-seekers ever get.

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        I want to sign up and be a paying member if I know the issue with my GSD can be addressed and any other issues that come up. I've searched the Internet up and down trying to find someone else experiencing what I'm going through with my GSD. Is there a specific periodical that gets in depth. I'll
        Buy it in a heartbeat if it will help get my GSD back to the way he was a month ago.

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        "I've searched the Internet up and down trying to find someone else experiencing what I'm going through with my GSD." - Huh, sounds frightening. What is so special what you "are going through"?

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    My 17 month male GSD just suddenly decided to charge puppies and fight them when we are playing ball at the dog park. He is intact. No puncture wounds, no blood to any of the five one year old puppies he’s gone after, who have fought back as hard as him. I’ve spent countless hours training him and exercising him a lot. I don’t hit him. I can put my hand in his food bowl. Trained bite inhibition. He knows I’m alpha. He’s played recently with a four year old and two year old on many occasions. With his toys. When he would take his ball out of the four years old hand he would do it gently. He’s never bit anyone or gotten aggressive like that. Let’s everyone pet him. He is good with older dogs and usually avoids the dogs that don’t like intact dogs. I stopped taking him to the dog park as a result. I’m not sure if I should not take the ball to play with him as that may be where some of this is coming from "protecting the ball". Or is it more of a he isn’t very tolerant of puppy play? It’s very random. One time he spent ten minutes sniffing with a one year old Mastiff and everything was fine. I had the ball out. I took the ball as I always do and wash it off and my GSD drinks water. Then we walk to the gate to leave. The mastiff suddenly comes running out of nowhere and slides up to my dog in kind of a puppy play style, with the two paws far in front of them while they have their butt in the air. Friendly looking. Suddenly my dog snaps and starts snarling and the mastiff starts snarling, they never actually even bit each other. I broke it up and then they both went at it again. No bites landed. Then my dog walked away behind me to the gate, smiling. The mastiff was bouncing around as well. Another time my dog got into the park and growled at some husky that was one year bouncing around. Ten minutes of ball time passed and that husky had been also wanting to play. Suddenly, my dog just turned around and went on top of it and was biting, as was the husky. We broke it up and my dog was smiling again. I leashed him. Made him go down and waited until the husky owner gathered his dog. Other puppies were nearby him and doing nearly the same thing. He also did this to six month old that was bobbing around him. Not sure if I should tell the owner of their dog to maybe get them away from him. Never an issue before. He used to shrug off that behavior from younger dogs. He has never growled at us. Once has he really barked/growled at a guy who looked like he was breaking into a house. He was actually just fixing a window at night. My dog barks when the doorbell rings and we tell him quiet and lay down and he does. Person enters then I will allow him to say hello. Repair men, workers, he doesn’t freak out on people and bark. Doesn’t bark at dogs on walks, unless the other dog is freaking out barking at him, most of the time he blows it off. He’s too busy checking me out. I’m at a total loss and i don’t want this to grow into something more aggressive. Also, these lashing outs have happened with dog walkers in the park and when they are not there. He only has done it to dogs that aren’t in dog walking groups.

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    Sorry, talked to some professional trainers over the phone and wanted to be as thorough as possible, so I typed out everything I could think of. My dog growls and attacks one year dogs when we are playing fetch at the dog park. Sometimes he fights when he has the ball sometimes when I have it. These other dogs jump around him. He doesn't do this with older dogs that are leaving him alone. He is intact.

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      So, sounds like he is possessive. Only with toys? Only one toy? Food too? Possessive only with young dogs in park? Or family members too? What do you do to stop him? How? At what time? What is the reaction?

      It is hard to assess a solution without seeing it, knowing more. But clearly something in your behavior/training approach is wrong. We've never had any such issues, with no dog. But we don't let it get so far. So sth was missed earlier.

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    He isn't possessive with food. Doesn't act that way with family members or friends or children. We yelled NO! and broke up the fight. Then leashed him and left. He gets very shaky and ears go back, but then he springs back to his normal self. All this happens within a minute.

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    Okay. Thanks!

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    My 2 year old german shepherd is biting everyone and is getting Bad. He bit my daughter and I whipped his ass and now he is getting worse. What should I do?

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      You should urgently do what you find here, going through the relevant menu options - all free! And it works!
      If you don't follow our suggestions now, before age 3 your GSD will be out of hands. Speaking of experience here.

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