This might be all over the place but I just had an incident with Ollie and I have NO idea what to think about it...
I was cooking in the kitchen and had him on a tie down nearby because he needed to eat and only my son and I were home, we were unable to keep a close eye on him, so on the tie down he went. It's a 6 foot lead. I was right there kneading bread. He did something and got his back legs completely tangled in his lead, tightly. It happened really fast. He immediately started screaming and panicking. My son and I obviously rush over to free him but when we reach in to untangle him, his response was to initially mouth us, followed by trying to actually bite us with force, which made things much worse. I ended up having to physically pin him to the floor while my son untangled and untied his legs and at one point it was frantic enough I was telling my son to just cut the lead. I have NO idea how this dog got that tied up in a matter of less than a minute, it was clear around his hocks, and
near in a knot. I'm very shaken up by his reaction. I understand being panicked, I'm sure it hurt to some extent, but I'm highly concerned that his knee jerk reaction was to bring teeth with force into the mix. It makes me worry about how he'd react to having his tail stepped on, or his paw, or his ear tugged too hard, etc. I've never had a dog that didn't react to those type of things with a yelp and a run away in the opposite direction.
What do I do?? I've been getting him accustomed to restraint from the day he came home for vet type reasons... I can hold any which way, clip his nail, clean his ears, brush his teeth, etc... No issues.
I'm really upset. We untangled him and I released him once he was calm and then we went on with life and now he's napping in his crate but I am really, really shaken up. Is an attempt at a bite EVER acceptable in the vein of being injured or a traumatic circumstance?
Am I over-reacting? Am I under-reacting? Is there anything I should be doing to try and prevent this type of reaction in the future?
I wasn't prepared for my calm pup to completely flip his gourd like that.