My dog is very loving; he hugs my leg the minute I walk in the house and constantly paws at me when he wants to play. Usually, he smiles at me when I pet him while he’s eating, but yesterday when I did that, he bit me (although he looked sorry afterward). Why did he suddenly turn on me?
When I hear the description of your dogs’ behavior, it feels like I’m hearing about someone who parked their car in the middle of the railroad tracks while the gates were going down and the train horn was blowing. All the warning signs were there; they just weren’t heeded or understood. You think your dog’s behavior is the canine version of a human’s hugging and smiling, but you’re wrong. Anthropomorphizing dog behavior is one of the biggest reasons people find themselves getting bitten. To make solving the issue even more complicated, aggression is never a black and white issue. Some dogs don’t care about their food but will attack to guard a paper towel. Beyond the fact that it has many sub-categories, it also can be worsened by variables such as the time of day, the age of the dog, and the person doing the “challenging.” The fact that he “looked sorry” afterward is a common occurrence in dogs, so don’t be fooled into thinking that his remorseful countenance means the tiger has changed his stripes. He hasn’t. I urge you to contact us immediately so we can help! In addition, our monthly, free, Body Language Seminars are an excellent source of information regarding understanding what dogs are trying to tell us with their body language and can help you prevent fights and bites. Solving the aggression puzzle after it’s crossed over into the biting stage isn’t easy, but by using various strategies to control the issues, progress can occur.