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PostSubject: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:04 am

Hello, I am adopting a 9 year old Husky tomorrow who tends to bite strangers that try to touch him due to nerves, he is in no way aggressive. How would I go about teaching him how to stop biting strangers?

A little girl has ran up to him and stroked him before and he didn't do anything so I think he knows it's not right but I'd like to help him overcome his nerves.
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:58 am

I would make sure you socialize the dog with other dogs and humans. Make sure she learns that they for the most part are okay. Also you can invest in the yellow ribbon campaign items...(Caution when approaching dog). There are leashes, vests, bandanas out there that say stop don't pet or use caution.

By the way this was originally double posted so I am deleting the other post/thread.

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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:21 am

Very sorry for the double post!
And the original owners spent a long time finding a kennel that would have him and when they did, after three days he was out playing with the kennel staff and other dogs, so would you just recommend him socializing with more people/dogs more often?

And, I've been looking at them but the place I love people wouldn't care and try to stroke him anyway. If he was to bite and had this on, would it stop him from getting put down as it clearly states not to touch?
He's bitten before but it was their own fault (The person was from a husky place and was a volunteer and ran up in his face stroking him even though he was told very clearly not to do so and was told the consequences) , and he didn't draw much blood, it was more like a warning nibble.
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:31 am

No problem on the double post ..it happens.

I am not sure about the bite regulations near you. I think it would help not hurt I would assume.

I think if he was accepting of people within the kennel at 3 days ....I wonder if it is more a startle reaction. I would also wonder if when you are in the an approachable situation you as some people to kneel look at the dog peripherally rather than straight on in the eyes. Then to open palm. Other than that I do not have a bunch of info. You might want to talk to a trainer.

Also if you are adopting not already adopted you are going to have a transitions period that the dog either reverts, turns shy or regresses in its training or behavior for a while.

Hopefully others have good training information for you.

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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:19 am

We have been doing the treat and meet with my mom's dog. Every person who wants to meet the dog is given a treat and told specifically to offer the treat first and then pet slowly not on her head. People are stupid about dogs most of the time so it will be up to you to make your point with them when they want to pet. Don't be worried about offending someone or making them mad by setting ground rules to meet your dog and if your dog doesn't put off a good vibe with someone then just tell them please don't touch my dog.

I am a yellow ribbon user. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. A lot of people do notice the ribbon and it does slow them down and get them to at least ask if they can meet her. (my girl is dog aggressive) I have however started seeing some states award dog bite cases where the ribbon was used to the bite victim. Some really stupid states are making it where if you admit there is anything wrong with your dog by putting up a caution tag or a beware of dog sign then any bites incurred are then your fault because you knew your dog had issues. I don't understand the logic of it an ounce but then the logic of courts is usually non-existent, so definitely check with your local and state cases and laws.

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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:59 pm

Thank you HuskyLear, I think it may just be a first time meeting thing as when we met him (The dog, he's called Tyne) he seemed fine and after giving him treats he was jumping up and licking my hands and stuff (not when I was giving him treats) but we had to throw his treats just in case he nipped at our fingers. Thank you very much for the help!

And, I never even thought about that Twister||!
Though, when I first met Tyne (The husky)we were told to throw his treats not hand him them, but I'm sure that won't make much of a difference. We weren't allowed to stroke him at all because they were very sure he would snap at us, so maybe I could let people give him a treat but not pet him?
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:00 pm

And thank you for the information!
Do you know where I could get the yellow ribbons? I've looked on Amazon and they don't seem to have much.
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:15 pm

Check out these for products associated with them:

The Yellow Dog Project

Dog Collars w Warnings

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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:19 pm

Thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:38 pm

Naevys....Welcome to the forum! I seriously believe all people should meet a dog at their level, and to have their hand palm open and up so the dog can sniff them first, if the dog is uninterested then the human needs to respect that, and leave the dog alone. there are some people that some dogs are uninterested, for whatever reason. with that said. I would upon taking him home, work on hand feeding and teach be gentle. I would spend some time in working with him by yourselves first and build some trust, before socializing to any huge extent. Socializing comes in many forms, it doesn't always have to be with humans and or other animals. Take walks, so he is more acclimated to his surrounds, so he can also build confidence. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:45 pm

Thank you MiyasMomma!
Yeah, my intentions were for us to gain his trust first before proceeding with others. I plan on talking him on long walks three times a day. Thank you for the suggestion of teaching him be gentle, I think that'll be a great help so I can tell him to be gentle when others try to pet or feed him until he knows that strangers don't always pose a threat. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:25 pm

You are most welcome! hand feeding is such a huge trust and bond builder. sit with him, and talk with him in a gentle voice, place a couple of pieces of kibble palm up and say be gentle take. When he is gentle tell him good boy, and work that way , may take a long time, but it is such a rewarding way for the 2 of you to form that relationship. make sure that you are calm so he picks up on that vibe. Tossing treats, may be a way for an animal to see you as a non threat, however, I personally believe that they get used to that treatment and know nothing else. Hand feeding with you not being apprehensive over him as in grabbing it from you or worry of a bite, will help him to calmly take food from you in a non aggressive way. Never use no, use eheh, it translate the same to him, but in a different way, he is used to the word no I am sure. After hand feeding for a couple of days, if he is still grabby, then it is time to start with the eheh be gentle, close your hand covering the kibble if he approaches in a grabby way. Work your way to a complete leisure meal, where he is getting verbal praise, and the treats, he will see you as the yummy food person, and the bonding will have taken shape.
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:33 pm

Thank you so, so much!!
I have screen shotted so that I can try it out when I get him!
Also, his owners suggested leaving his lead on for the first few days so that we can get a hold of him easily so I can take him for his walks. Do you think this is a good idea? It's just that it's quite worrying as he could end up stuck with his lead caught under a door or something and I wouldnt want him to get hurt.
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:53 pm

I think keeping leash on and have him tethered or at least in close proximity is essential for the first several days to a few weeks, however, this is to be used while an "adult" is around, not when he is left alone. Is he crated when no one is around? Btw, I did see you are 16, however, I do consider you the "adult" I do not recommend someone much younger than yourself to be fully responsible for an unknown husky, although most are considered a medium size breed, they have the strength and energy comparable to a giant breed, lol..... ask any questions you have, this is a great forum, and many here who are very knowledgeable. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:01 pm

I'm 17 in a few months, and I consider myself quite mature for my age. I've just left school too, so I'm glad he's going to be keeping me busy! Smile

And, no he won't be crated, if I for some reason won't be in my mom will be in. And, I see. So, if he happened to be alone somehow we'd best take it off? Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:08 pm

You do appear very mature. Smile And this is a great experience for you!!!!! Yes if he is alone, I would not leave the leash on. Leash training is something I would work on as well, you can incorporate basic obedience in with the leash training, not sure how much obedience he has, haha, but something you can work on. I find that our companions, are that, companions, a team, so training with him, will help you out also.
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:12 pm

He's quite obediant! He walks great on a leash and if he starts pulling a tiny little tug will make him realise he's pulling and he'll stop. He also sits without being asked, for exaple when we met I had treats in my pocket and when I pulled them out he sat right in front of me without being asked and he sat everytime I have him one. He knows some simple things like paw and other paw too. Smile

And, thank to very much for the help!! I appreciate it very much. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:19 pm

We are freaks here for pics.....so when he gets home we need lots of pics of this handsome older pup! Very Happy Have a lot of fun with him, and I am sure he will love being your best friend. I love you
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PostSubject: Re: Stranger biting   Wed Aug 17, 2016 5:22 pm

How do I go about sending pictures? Should I just upload to imgur then link? I have two photos already that I could send!

And, I will! He's coming tomorow at 6:30pm so I'll be taking a lot of pictures then! Smile
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