I think a lot of times, things get taken out of context, and though the forum is a wealth of information, it can also certainly make a mountain out of a mole hill.
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard stories of people picking up their yappers after they see a big dog coming, and the yapper is still yapping it’s face off, and a nip or two comes from the big dog.
Do some research outside this forum. Many many trainers train that it is a bad idea to pick up a small dog or puppy if the big dog has already taken notice of it. I know when the two small pups would wrestle together, and one started yipping, my girl would run over a nip them both. The same way bitches do with their litters.
Our roomies daughter is a dramatic annoying teenager, and if any of my dogs starts making their way towards her pup, she gets all hysterical yelling at the big dogs and rushes over to save her pup (when he was never in any danger to begin with). As soon as she scoops him up, Lyka will nip him.
She is not a dog that shows a breed standard, and her behavior is not always perfect, but she’s never done harm to any animal in our home. Nipping and mouthing, sure, to our husky and the pups, but it’s the equivalent of me giving a gentle swat on the butt when one of my daughters mouth off at me.
I do have to manage my dog more than most, because of some issues she has that no trainer could work us through. But it’s not a huge issue. We lead our normal daily lives, and situations pop up that are outside the norm. (Like with my GSD and the pug). It’s not the end of the world, and I don’t think a huge thing has to be made of it. Of course my dog didn’t think the pug was a bunny or some small prey animal. She knew it was a dog. And she knew the dog tried to attack her first. So she retaliated. I’m not going to stop letting her out front on her lead line, it was a random occurrence, and didn’t give me any pause for concern.
I took a few years off this forum because I seemed to always be honed into how bad the breed is, and how this dog bit that dog, or person, and the over the top responses that came after. It became overwhelming, and I found myself micromanaging and picking things out of Lyka’s behavior that I would have never questioned before I joined this forum. I worked one on one with a trainer, and stopped getting involved in the forum, and we had happy years together.
Take everything you read with a grain of salt, and shift through the bad with the good.