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Old 10-05-2017, 11:59 PM
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My 3 1/2 year old Boxer attacked me out of no where

Hello All, today my 3 1/2 year old Boxer lunged at my face and bit me right above my eye . Needless to say I bawled my eyes out, more in shock that anything. We have had her since she was a puppy and she has only experienced a loving home and is spoiled rotten. She has never ever even growled at either of us. In fact as a puppy my husband taught her ? give kisses ! ? when she was nippy so her whole life she has been a kissing machine. This dog runs up and hugs me the second I walk in the door and is a huge lap seigniorage . I don?t think I?ve ever had a more affectionate dog , sometimes
It?s hard to get space from her.

Leading up today the only big change that had happened was her spending time with my mother in laws 2 year old dog. This dog was adopted from an abusive situation and is VERY nippy. He bit me hard the other day and is this way with most everykwn . I don?t know If this would influence my dog in a certain way.

Leading up To her biting me today she was on the couch with me pawing at me for attention. She rolled over for a belly rub and I was rubbing her belly and went down to kiss her and immediately she lunged at me. I was so incredibly shocked. She ran into the other room shaking and wouldn?t look st me after . I?m legitimately scared now because I don?t know what caused this reaction

Does anyone have any thoughts?

- conerned boxer mom
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:35 AM
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Is it possible he's having episodes of all those past abuse?
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Arrow IMO? - the *puncture* itself was an accident, not intentional.

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... she was on the couch with me,
pawing at me for attention. She rolled over for a belly rub, I was rubbing her belly, bent down to kiss her, & [she] immediately lunged at me [& bit].
I was so incredibly shocked.

She ran into the other room shaking, &wouldn't look at me after . I'm legitimately scared now, because I don't know what caused this reaction.
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I'm trying to picture this -
U are both on the sofa; is she lying across yer lap, is her HEAD on yer lap, where is her torso?
Are U side by side?

What part of her were U aiming at, when U bent over to kiss her? [guessing her face, but U don't say.]

If it was her face that U swooped down to kiss, personally, i would let the DOG kiss *me*, on cue, b/c that eliminates the feeling of being trapped -
just like teaching a shy dog to target a stranger's palm, or to offer the stranger a toy to be thrown for a game of fetch, the dog CHOOSES to interact, which empowers them, vs "scary human comes closer & wants to touch me, EEK!..."

again, i don't know if i'm envisioning it accurately - but lying against the sofa, the dog can't move away / evade the approach, as the sofa is behind her, & she's stuck there as U swoop in to kiss her.
My personal hunch is that she was simply startled, or overexcited [was she wriggling, or lying still to be scritchied?], one or t'other, & the actual bite was more reflex than intentional.

My suggestion is to cue a kiss, vs "give" one. // I doubt very much that she MEANT to bite & actually intended to puncture - was her mouth open at the time U swooped down?
If her mouth was open, simply closing it at the "right" [wrong] moment would bring teeth down on yer skin.

I think it was an accident, personally. // I also think YOUR reaction was what upset her so much - leaving the room, shaking, avoided eye contact.
Don't, please, label that "guilt" - dogs don't feel guilt, they don't generate it, they are actually appeasing us when we post videos on UTube that claim the dog "feels guilty" or "is ashamed".

Appeasing is an attempt to turn away our anger / calm an emotional situation, it's not 'guilt'.

"Legitimately" scared means 'with justifiable reason', but since U don't know -Why-, U don't have a known reason.
I know it's very upsetting, but please don't paint yer dog as a vicious, untrustworthy beast - i think it was a one-off.

That said, assuming my guess is correct [U swooped to plant a kiss on her face / head], i wouldn't do that again.
I'd let HER do the kisses, i'd cue them, & i'd hold still for them - to avoid misunderstandings & surprises.

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Is it possible he's having episodes of all those past abuse?
Wrong dog.
MiL's dog had abusive past, not OP's.

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What's her interaction with your Mother in Law's dog like? What's MiL's temperament towards other dogs? Is she nippy to them in a way that would make your dog feel threatened or defensive? I'm not sure where I'm going with these questions, but I guess I'm wondering if there was some trigger stacking or increased stress from hanging out with MiL's dog that's making her a little more on edge.

It's unusual for a dog to not give a warning (growling, snarling, barking) before an act of aggression, so if she had intended to cause you harm, I think there would have been a warning sign first. I think it's probably more likely that she was overly excited and just misjudged the distance to your face when she tried to meet you halfway for the kiss.

I'd pay attention to her body language to make sure there aren't subtle cues that she's uncomfortable in certain situations being missed, but I don't think I'd worry that all of a sudden out of nowhere she's turned into an aggressive dog.

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Leashedforlife hit the nail on the head.
The dog reacted out of fear, realized what it had done, .......(done wrong)
I do believe however that dogs can feel guilty or ashamed.....
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Perhaps, if you are fortunate, its a one time isolated event. If she seems normal now, I would watch her closely for awhile, if anything seems even remotely amiss, get her to the Vets to see if anything medically is going on, that might be making her feel 'off'.
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Perhaps, if you are fortunate, its a one time isolated event.
If she seems normal now, I would watch her closely for awhile; if anything seems even remotely amiss, get her to the Vets to see if anything medically is going on, that might be making her feel 'off'.


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If she seems irritable, her gait is different, sleeping patterns change, bowel habits are altered, appetite is up or down from 'usual', she has any difficulty doing things she usually does easily, she LOSES INTEREST in her former pleasures, etc, get to the vet.

anything that seems to indicate pain, stiffness, limited range of motion, less enthusiasm for life, odd behavior, the vet is the 1st person to consult.

Hopefully it was an accident, & never happens again - but if U touched her in a painful place, a reflex snap is also possible.

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Wrong dog.
MiL's dog had abusive past, not OP's.

- terry

Sorry I read the post wrong. Just in case monitor his behavior if he does this again or show any unjust aggression towards you, get help.
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Smile How R U both getting along?

any updates?...

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Yea, did he recover?
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