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I'm writing this for advice on a biting situation. Just for some background, I am a first time dog owner. I adopted Bogie this past July from a rescue. He will be two in a couple of weeks. I was told he was turned in because the owners didn't want to take care of his legs, because he is bowlegged. Since November, he has bit 4 people. Three of them broke skin, two requiring a tetanus shot, the most recent one requiring many stitches. Last night was the only one I was actually in the room for and saw what happened. Every time he has tried to bite someone, it has been when the person has startled him while being asleep, whether it was running into the room he was sleeping in, trying to pull a blanket out from under him, or last night, moving him over on the bed a little bit. I move him when sleeping all the time, and he has never once snapped at me, but it seems that when someone else does, he doesn't like it. None of these were strangers either. Last night it was my mother, and he sleeps in her bed all the time when I visit home, she (used to) spoil him rotten. I've also noticed that all four of these times he has not been in his domain. It has always been when I've been visiting home, a family members house, or when I went away for a week and a boarder took care or him.

I really don't know what to do about this. I don't know if the rescue or the people who turned him in did not mention the biting so he would not be put down or easier to adopt about. I do plan on calling the rescue once I am back home. I start obedience training with him in about a week, and I plan on asking the trainer there also. I obviously can't let this continue and it breaks my heart to think about what I may have to do.

I suppose a simple solution is to not let anyone else touch him when he is asleep, but I'm not always there to stop it. And it isnt that he snaps every time he is bothered when asleep. Most of the time when asleep, if someone comes near him, he opens up an eye to see who it is, then rolls over to be pet.

If anyone has any advice on what I should do, please share it.
 

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Whoa!
The problems are human, not the Basset!
I am 59 and have many of my families champion Black Labs up in your part of the country. I have a Basset as well and understand them too. If you are considering doing anything to the innocent Hound then you just post your intentions and I will fly to New York and pick him up and give him a super excellent home and life!
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I'm not even remotely close to giving him up, he is the love of my life. This was a post for advice on how to fix the issue, not finding him a new home.
 

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I went to the vet today to talk to him about the biting and what he suggests. His vet tech is training to be an animal behaviorist, and she took him for a while and evaluated him or something...I wasn't in the room for that. She didn't think it was a dominance issue, and that the events seem somewhat unrelated. He also didn't think it was a thyroid issue. They both recommended not disturbing him when he is sleeping except from across the room or leave a lease on him when he is sleeping and wake him up from that, especially if I am not around. They also recommended me taking him to some group at Cornell that has licenses vets that are also behaviorists and see what they say. So for now I'm just going to start obediance as planned, try my hardest not to startle Bogie, and call up the behaviorist that was recommended to me, though its a couple of hours away. Hopefully they will know someone good that is closer to where I am.

Thanks for your help.
 
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