Finally Been Bitten

Well, dealing with so many dogs, it was inevitable! I was working with Chase today, having him find a treat under my watch and then clicking him when he got it (this is for him to focus on my watch when we do obedience) and then Lucy came down. Chase is upset because we have a visitor dog for a while… and Chase went after Lucy.

Chase and Tatum
Chase and Tatum

Chase is a big resource guarder and this was no exception. Though usually he doesn’t go after another of our dogs if there are only treats around. He’s on edge because of this other boy dog who is in our house for a bit. So… I think the visitor needs to go, he needs another foster home. Ugh. I feel bad, but I do have to put Chase first.

This picture is of Chase, the black one, laying next to Tatum on a bed. When it’s just the six of us, he’s fine. He’s relaxed and himself. But throw another male dog into the mix, who is around for more than a couple of days, and Chase goes over the edge. Poor Chase. If we are away from home… in a hotel like a hotel in las vegas, he’s better. But still he has space issues and if dogs he doesn’t know stay with us, I have to keep him separate.

I have one puncture and one scrape and my arm aches pretty good!  My husband says maybe I should get a tetanus shot, as I haven’t had one in over ten years. So maybe I’ll go in.  Ugh. I don’t want to go to the doctor again! Oh well.  Chase is a good boy, I didn’t get mad at him, though he did get some crate time.

We need peace in our house again.

6 thoughts on “Finally Been Bitten”

  1. Like you said, it was bound to happen but I’m sorry it did… You should probably get a tetanus shot.

    Just happened to my s-i-l after 20+ years in the dog world… she told the ER doc that a stray dog in the park bit her instead of the dog she was handling… I guess there would have been repercussions otherwise.

  2. Sorry it happened Cyn. Hope you can find a foster home for the dog. Give Chase a hug…..

    Please, go get a tetanus and maybe some antibiotics.

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  3. Sorry to hear about the trouble.

    Definitely get a shot, just to be on the safe side. Dog’s can act so differently when their routines are upset.

    Take care.

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  4. Ouch! I’ve been there (as you know, but your readers might not); a few years back, a fear biter we were attempting to rehabilitate bit all the way through my right hand — I could see through the hole! (IMHO, it doesn’t hurt nearly as much as you’d think.)

    I went to the emergency room and faced a barrage of questions about the event, and they gave me some paperwork to complete about the dog, the situation, blah, blah, blah. I asked what that had to do with fixing my hand, and the answer was “We’re required by law to have this completed by all dog bite victims and we have to turn it over to the authorities.”

    As soon as their attention was distracted by somebody else, I got up and left the ER with the (blank) paperwork in my pocket.

    So, yes, get your tetanus shot, but say nothing about why you need it. Claim you fell onto a rusty nail, if you have to say anything at all.

    And keep us posted!

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  5. Whenever I’ve been bitten, I haven’t gotten a shot or gone to the doctor. But I have has a tetanus shot in the last five years for other reasons. Guess you might as well get one just to be safe, like everyone said. Then again if you’re fine now, I think you’ll continue to be fine. Maybe you should just schedule a shot next time you’re at the doctor for another reason. That way if something does happen in the future- dog related or not- you’ll be safe.

  6. Just happened to my s-i-l after 20+ years in the dog world… she told the ER doc that a stray dog in the park bit her instead of the dog she was handling… I guess there would have been repercussions otherwise.

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