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I adopted Moe from a shelter when he was approx. seven to nine months old. He was such a cutie that I fell in love with him and, though it took some fanagling I finally made him mine. Then we found out that my cutie-pie was a biter. One of his 'biting issues' was that he would snap and bite if we woke him or touched him while he was sleeping. We took him to a trainer when he was healthy enough to be among other dogs. After we dealt with his more serious domination biting issue we discussed his problem of biting us if we disturbed his sleep. Our trainer told us that there is a reason for the saying "Let sleeping dogs lie". Her advice was to NEVER touch him while he was sleeping. If we wanted to wake him up for any reason we were to call to him loudly to wake him up, making sure that he was fully awake before approaching him. If he fell asleep on the couch in the evening before I could get him into his crate, I'd call to him, then when he was awake I'd verbally (and sternly) order him off the couch. Only THEN would I pet him, praise him, and tell him to "go home" (our way of saying go into your crate). We told our kids the same thing... NEVER touch him while he was sleeping. We also supervised guests in the house, always instructing kids who were sleeping over not to touch him at all, and why. Eventually he got a whole lot better about it. Today I can kiss him, hug him, and even move him while he is sleeping and all I get is a complaining grumble. I don't know why some dogs get snappy. Perhaps it's instinctual? Or a trust issue? I don't know but I DO KNOW you can fix it, or at least control it.

Don't give up on Bogie. By all means discuss it with your obedience trainer... they may have other tips for you. In the meantime, your own quick fix of telling others not to touch him while sleeping WILL work. Be sure to tell ANYONE and EVERYONE who might tocuch him or be left alone with him . Tell them about waking him verbally if they need to. If there are very young children around who won't understand, he should be crated or somehow kept separated from them. It is a very disturbing problem with potentially serious consequesnces but it can be overcome. Good luck!
 

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I didn't get the impression that Mahna was giving up... just that she was frustrated and seeking advice that might help till she begins obedience training, which should be very helpful. She sounds to me like a person willing to find a solution to Bogie's recent trouble.

Mahna, I wouldn't be too hard on the rescue where you got him. Since he doesn't react badly every time, it's possible they never saw this side of his personality in the time he spent with them. I don't believe any rescue group would willingly or knowingly place a possibly dangerous dog with an unknowing family. I think you're handling this correctly so far, with a plan to get help, and a request for advice from others who may have soem experience with this problem. I tell you that there is hope for a good outcome. With patience, persistence, time, and help from a professional trainer Bogie can become a model member of your family. Don't get discouraged.

(Mahna - I'm assuming that you're a 'she'? :eek: If, not, I'm sorry and reverse all gender references! ;) )
 
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