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Old 06-10-2011, 09:51 AM
 
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What's your take on this? me and a friend were sitting on the couch. He has a small dog. He kept gently biting the dog's ears and tugging them. The dog kept yelping as he was doing it.
I'd confront him about it but knowing him he'd just brush it off as "playing" He tells me that the dog won't bite him back
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:15 AM
 
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If the dog didn't seem to mind, I'd say it was just a little weird. But since the dog was yelping, yes it sounds abusive. I'd absolutely say something. The dog may have a long fuse but eventually it will probably have enough of it and tell him to stop the only way it can. And he'll deserve it. An adult shouldn't be teasing a dog like that.
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Old 06-10-2011, 10:53 AM
 
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I would also caution him about it - like S2C said, it does sound borderline abusive - surely there's other ways to play w/ the dog - teasing to the point of the dog being upset is never good - it's also not good b/c the next time the owner or someone else reaches down to the dog or puts his face close to his, the dog might reactively bite, in anticipation of his being bitten - the poor dog and the clueless owner, he needs to think of the 'big picture'
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:21 PM
 
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If this is your junkie abusive BF, dump him! and take the dog with you. This is animal abuse, plain and simple.
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:23 PM
 
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I have to agree. This sounds a little odd and abusive. Confront him!
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Old 06-10-2011, 08:24 PM
 
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If this is your junkie abusive BF, dump him! and take the dog with you. This is animal abuse, plain and simple.
so I should just kidnap the dog? It was never mine
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Old 06-11-2011, 05:31 AM
 
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Poor dog, that is abusive. One day that dog might bite back, since that is the behavior it is being taught. Sadly, the dog then will be accused of being "aggressive". I am surprised you didn't confront your friend, I would have jumped all over him verbally, especially after hearing the dog's cries. Both the biting and the ear-pulling would be painful. You need to say something, or you are just reaffirming your friend's beliefs that he is just playing.
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Old 06-12-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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Poor dog, that is abusive. One day that dog might bite back, since that is the behavior it is being taught. Sadly, the dog then will be accused of being "aggressive". I am surprised you didn't confront your friend, I would have jumped all over him verbally, especially after hearing the dog's cries. Both the biting and the ear-pulling would be painful. You need to say something, or you are just reaffirming your friend's beliefs that he is just playing.
Unless the jerk already knows what he is doing is abuse and it's what he gets off on. Not only abusing his dog, but upsetting/hurting his friend while he does it (because it does hurt to see an animal hurt), double thrill.

That was my take on first reading.
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Old 06-13-2011, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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Sounds like abuse to me. Doing something that hurts the animal to the point it cries / yelps? Abuse. And the dog may not bite now, but eventually it probably will. And when it does if it's enough to require stitches - or worse - the dog will be seized, labeled aggressive and probably be euthanized because this jack*** is abusing it.

I agree. If this moron is your boyfriend you need to leave and take the dog. Find a rescue that will take it in or something so it can be safe. And get yourself therapy if this guy is your BF because you obviously have very poor taste in men and need to find out why.
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:34 PM
 
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Creepy. Find a new guy, that is for sure. Anyone who makes an animal "yelp" is not someone I would want to be with.
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