Question by Jennifer: Anyone have any experience with a “fear biting” dog?
I adopted a 10 month old hound mix from the shelter 3 months ago. For awhile, she was a perfectly sweet, loving dog. We had absolutely no problems with her. Over the last few weeks, however, she has begun to be very fearful of everything. When people try to pet her, she cowers down as though they’re going to hit her, then she’ll jump and nip at them. If they’re leaning down, which they have to be because she’s a small dog, she’ll almost always go for the face. She’ll nip at your hands if you’re walking around in the yard with her. She just seems so anxious and nervous all the time. If I didnt’ know better, I’d say she was neurotic. I’ve tried correcting the behavior every way I know how (except for hitting or electronic collars, because I do not believe hurting a dog is ever the answer in training or discipline).

Anybody have any experience with similar dogs? And please, no “this is YOUR fault” stuff, because it’s not like I’m sitting by and letting this happen.
It just seems that every time I try to correct her, it only makes her even more nervous, which intensifies the nipping. It’s gotten to the point now where I can’t even let my children play with her, because she nipped my daughter’s cheek last week, and I’m so afraid she’s going to end up really hurting someone.
It’s not just when people lean over. She nipped at the vet during her checkup the other day, and the vet said we “need to watch this behavior”. She’ll also bite at people’s faces when they’re stooping or squatting down to her. She’s not particular about who she nips. She’ll nip anybody who comes close to her, including me, and I’m the one who has the most contact with her.

I noticed that this behavior started after she was spayed, but I don’t know if that has anything to do with it. Since she’s lived with us, no one has struck her or yelled at her or anything like that. My kids are noisy, but that’s not going to change anytime soon. They’re 6 and 9, and noise comes with the territory when you have kids. What scares me the most is the fact that she bit my daughter’s face, and left a bruise. She’s never broken the skin, but I’m afraid it’s only a matter of time unless we can get a handle on this.
Oh, she’s with me at least 10 hours per day. She’s mostly an inside dog, except with she goes out to potty or for a little playtime in the back yard. If I have to go anywhere, she is crated, or she comes with me. I don’t know what the problem is. Could it be hormonal? She doesn’t seem to be in pain. I clean her ears regularly, and for some reason, that doesn’t seem to bother her. She just had a checkup last week, and she had no parasites or anything.

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Answer by Spongebob
it is your falt

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