Originally Posted by Brooklyn
Totally agree with @dogslife
+ not much info provided about the incidents like what you were doing, what your boyfriend were doing, where your dog was and what was she doing before the incident, how did she look like and behaved like around your boyfriend shortly before it happened. How did she behave after.. As @dogslife
mentioned, you probably missed a lot of signs of discomfort... All dogs behaviors have a reason. It does not excuse the dog - we live in human world, not a dog world. But there is something that triggers the dog to act certain way. So knowing the trigger, you can avoid the problem.
I don't want to suggest that this should be taken lightly. The "escalation" after ignoring "leave me alone" body language is usually very predictable and in a well socialized dog will end with (after having ignored all the other signs)
- nip (a light bite doing no damage)
and ONLY then... bite...
growl should be pretty clear. It's a low guttural vocalization.
snarl is more intense but is basically a growl on steroids. It's more noise and will usually involve showing some tooth
snap is like a bite but they "bite" *around* you not *on* you. Having a dog "snap" at your hand can be startling but there are two things to understand about the "snap". (1) it's nothing more than a shot across the bow and (2) if the dog snaps it MEANT to snap. Dogs simply don't miss if they want to bite. A snap is NEVER a bite that missed..... their reflexes are WAY faster than yours and they don't miss!
nip is a bite that dogs use to "correct" each other. It's a bite but it's not intended to do any damage. You *may* get a scratch from it but a nip is a "correction" not an attack.
a bite *hurts*... If you've ever really been bitten then you know what I mean. It bleeds, there is torn flesh, open skin, pain and damage. Once you have driven a dog to the point that it bites you WILL NOT confuse this with any other form of communication. You will be hurt, bleeding, in pain and often you will need medical attention. THAT is a bite.
So having said that, I'm curious when we put it in these terms what the OP meant when she said "bite". @katlynbrooke
could you give us more information?