so today to make a long story short my dog bit me and i had to go to the urgent care and everything and my mom wants to put him down. my dogs a english mastiff boxer mix and he's a baby and the loml!! he's very protective and barks at almost everyone but my family and i. just the thought of him being put down tugs on my heart so much. idrk if i'm asking for advice or what but more to let it out. Ill update later when something happens but hopefully he stays.
I’m sorry that you’ve had to go through this. It is important to know that dogs do not bite out of nowhere, or for no reason. You need to figure out why your dog bit you and what you can do to prevent that from happening again. Perhaps if you identify what went wrong, you can convince your mom that it won’t happen again.
Dogs have several subtle hints that they give you before they are about to bite. So while it may seem like a dog does something spontaneously, they’ve actually already given much of a warning.
Some dogs, however, can be discouraged from warning you before they are about to bite. For example, if you ever scold your dog for growling. Growling is and acceptable form of communication and should never be discouraged. Growling is a healthy way to warn someone that they are going to bite. If you punish a growl, you are taking away the dog’s warning signal.
There are plenty of other signals that you can look for, but none are as apparent as a growl. Ears back, stiff body, closed mouth, whale eyes… etc.