Dear Paws to Talk,
I was in the dog park the other day and another dog nipped my ankle. I was shocked. My humans tend to favor a non-violent lifestyle so I have never been in a scrape with anyone. After getting home, I became very angry. Plots of getting back at this dog began to run through my mind. Should I nip him the next time I see him?
-Dakota the Weimaraner
Don’t nip this other dog the next time you see him. This will not make things better. If you bite back then things will turn even messier especially between his humans and your humans.
Occasionally, one of us will go too far and nip the other (It’s not always easy being sisters). A nip in return is the usual reaction. This always ends with both of us sulking in our beds. Snapping, nipping or biting are not a good ways to communicate or solve problems.
Trust us, when you strut around the dog park practicing the non-violence your humans instilled in you, the guilt this dog is going to feel will be punishment enough.
Do your thing at the dog park and try not to focus on him. Have fun with the other dogs, breathe in the fresh air and take care of your business. You will be at peace with yourself in the end that you didn’t escalate the situation. If he keeps nipping then start a petition to have him play in a different park. Stay calm and good luck.
Bella and DiDi
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