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Old 03-05-2013, 03:18 AM
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Owner biting the ear of dog?

I have heard from two distant friends - they don't know each other - that they actually BITES the ears of their dog to show dominance "because that's what dog mothers do".

People do a lot of strange things in the name of dominance, but this really is the weirdest thing I have ever heard. Not only must it look really stupid, but it sounds quite dangerous. If I bit the ear of my dog, I honestly think he would bite back.

Anyone ever heard about this. do some owners actually do this?
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It's from a movie - and when the protagonist actually does it, everyone is "Man what? It was just an expression - you aren't suppose to actually do it" Of course, the movie had that as the turning point where the protag "won" the respect of the dog.
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Yeah, I've actually witnessed it a couple of times. One of the dumbest things I have ever heard. My dog's ears are so sensitive,she gets annoyed when I touch them I can't imagine her reaction if I bit them, she'd probably bite my face off.

People take things too literally. You're not gaining dominance over your dog...just ticking him off.
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My brother did it when his dog was a pup and nipping a lot. He raised his dogs like we were raised and like we raised our kids in turn. You know when toddlers go through that biting stage? Yeah, our moms response to us biting her or anyone else was to bite us back to show it hurt. Well, my brother got to wits end and bit his dogs ear when he was a mouthy 4 month old. Sadly, I think this dog is super smart and he did realize that mouthing the human meant a bite on the ear after like 3 tries and hasn't mouthed anyone since.

I think it's silly and I don't think its a good training method, but I have seen it done.

I have been known to occasionally wrestle and play bite a dog, but that's not about teaching or dominance or any such thing. Its just roughhousing.
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Just as bad is pinching their ears to get them to open their mouth to take a dumb-bell. I have heard of people doing that. I would sure like to know when a mother dog ever bit her puppies ears.
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I don't give my dogs baths during the winter and not often during the summer so I can't imagine how nasty it would be to put their ears in my mouth. Bleh!
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I gotta say - I've never seen anyone do that, but I hope anyone who does gets a full set of teeth in the face.
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I gotta say - I've never seen anyone do that, but I hope anyone who does gets a full set of teeth in the face.
Why on earth would you hope that? You know that someone who would bite their dog would have no problem euthanizing it. You've got some messed up ideas if people getting bit is your solution to things....
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Even if mother dogs did do this, they also occasionally eat their puppies. Should we do that, too?
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Even if mother dogs did do this, they also occasionally eat their puppies. Should we do that, too?
I've a 2 year old. Dogs might be smarter than us. J/K
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