Help my schnauzer has nipped someone

The Miniature Schnauzer is a smallest dog in the Schnauzer breed and originated in the mid-to-late 19th Century from Germany. The Miniature Schnauzer is a cross between the Standard Schnauzer and other smaller breeds such as the Poodle. A miniature Schnauzer is a spunky, but aloof dog who does things their own way. They tend to be good guard dogs without the tendency to bite.
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Help my schnauzer has nipped someone

Post by Yvonne-1 » 01 Feb 2020, 00:17

My 7 year old mini has recently nipped a neigbours ankle. She went for tetanus and anti biotics the very same day. Now one week later she tells me it's not clearing up and she has to keep going to the doctor. She has not complained to police but says she has registered the incident with them in case it happens again. I have told her that we are currently getting him used to wearing a muzzle indoors with a plan to put it on him whenever he goes out on a walk. Am so upset and worried. Any advice on how to cope with this wild be appreciated

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Re: Help my schnauzer has nipped someone

Post by zeta1454 » 01 Feb 2020, 09:41

Welcome to the Forum, Yvonne.

Sorry to hear about the issue with your mini nipping the neighbour's ankle. Was this the very first time in 7 years that he has done anything like this at all - nipping, aggression...?

What were the circumstances when it happened? What was happening (if anything) when your mini nipped the ankle?

There is a legal obligation on all dog owners / dog walkers to have their dog/s under control in public and you must be confident that your mini is not going to act aggressively towards anyone but, at the same time, the circumstances may be relevant. For your own peace of mind at present, the muzzle may be a temporary solution but do let us know more about the incident which may make it easier for Forum members to offer helpful comments.

If you do think that your mini has aggression issues generally I would suggest finding a qualified behaviourist who may be able to help you on a specific programme to help your boy.

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Re: Help my schnauzer has nipped someone

Post by Oscar 12345 » 01 Feb 2020, 10:02

Hi Yvonne, in addition to the excellent advice to get a qualified behaviourist to work with you, if you are worried about the legal implications then I would contact www.doglaw.co.uk who are specialists in this area. These guys can give you legal advice and the preliminary discussion by telephone will be free. Before you have any conversations with the police do contact them so you understand the legal implications of the incident. I am sure this will put you more at ease on that front and you will then be prepared for any discussions with any authority if it comes to that. Also, muzzle training, there are some excellent resources/videos available for training a dog to love a muzzle. There is also a facebook group called Reactive Dogs UK with files on muzzle training and they can also recommend qualified trainers in your area. The admin on that group are trainers and all of the advice is free so do consider joining. Finally, I know easy said that done, try not to stress and worry, calmness is good for you and your mini. My own mini a year ago came very close to nipping the ankle of a tradesman in the house. That really did shock me and I was very lucky. I then joined RDUK and it was so helpful. Good luck.
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Re: Help my schnauzer has nipped someone

Post by mikegoodson1 » 01 Feb 2020, 12:21

Just to add to all of the excellent advice given, when one of my dogs was attacked by another dog some months ago, I tried to register the incident with the Police but they were not interested. They told me they would only act/be interested if I/my wife had felt threatened or at risk by the dog.

So in your example, obviously it was very upsetting for you and the neighbour but I suspect this would form the basis of any further action - do your neighbours feel at risk of attack from your dog? Hopefully everything calms down and this was a one-off incident more based on the neighbours actions and therefore your dog protecting you, than anything else.

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Re: Help my schnauzer has nipped someone

Post by Oscar 12345 » 02 Feb 2020, 11:05

In case you pop back Yvonne, here's what I do to calm my schnauzer around visitors. Otto is put into another room when I see them arrive or when then there is a knock at the door. Visitors invited in and if they are staying I ask them to sit in living room and ignore Otto until he is calm. I set up the living room with a snuffle mat (that he is familiar with) and a puzzle toy both with treats. When Otto is quiet I invite him into the living room, he normally has a quick run up to the visitor and a bark and then goes straight to the snuffle mat and then on to his puzzle toy. When that is finished I have a calm schnauzer and then he either walks up to them for a quick sniff or just lies down. Works a treat (pardon the pun). When visitor wants to leave I ask Otto to go into another room so the visitor can leave in peace. He has got so used to this routine now that if someone knocks on the door he goes straight into another room.
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