How hard can a toothless dog bite?

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JudyN
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How hard can a toothless dog bite?

Post by JudyN » Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:46 pm

We met the border collie who hates Jasper today. There was no time to avoid her or for her owner to get her on lead, and I tried to get in between her & Jasper and send her back, but she's more nimble than me - plus I think me hollering at her would increase Jasper's stress.

She may be mellowing though - she just sniffed him, while he stood there thinking 'Ohcrapohcrapohcrap...' and then she went on her way.

Anyhow - the owner is adamant that she won't hurt Jasper because she hasn't any teeth. I'm more concerned about his stress levels than injury, as I reckon he'd react (as in retreat, not bite back) fast enough to escape, but it made me wonder - how much damage could she do? Bruising? Or actually breaking the skin?
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Re: How hard can a toothless dog bite?

Post by katej215 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:54 pm

strange you've posted this, as I've literally just been reading a book by US vet /behaviourist Gary Landsberg who mentioned that some vets (he was not recommending this) advise clients in aggression cases to have the dogs teeth removed (I know!). However, he was saying that even then a dog can still inflict significant damage (he wasn't specific here). So that said, sounds like you still need to be careful around her.

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Re: How hard can a toothless dog bite?

Post by Nettle » Sat Apr 09, 2016 2:57 am

Yes, she can do physical damage by bruising and pulling, but in Jas's case the biggest most long-lasting damage will be psychological.
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Re: How hard can a toothless dog bite?

Post by rnor1120 » Mon Apr 18, 2016 9:40 pm

I've been bitten by toothless dogs - still hurts like a b!tc# :lol: I swear they develop stronger jaws to compensate.

In case you were wondering - chihuahua. Left a decent bruise.

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