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I have seen dogs who would rather die than bite. Literally. So I honestly think that some dogs have simply lost the self-preservation instinct. It seems counterintuitive that an animal would not defend its own life, but remember that all breeds are man-made.

I used to groom a Cocker Spaniel who had no will to live. He would try to hang himself on my table. Not by trying to jump off, or strain against the loop, or fight it, but he simply would not hold his head up. I'd put his head in the grooming loop and he'd simply hang all his weight into it and droop his head as far as he could. Before I realized he had suicidal tendencies, I'd simply lower the grooming loop to a level that should be natural and comfortable, and let him lean into it, figuring he'd eventually figure out that it would be in his best interest NOT to hang himself. Well, one day he just kept drooping lower and lower--no struggling, not a peep, nothing--and then his whole body went limp. He'd literally cut off his own oxygen supply and passed out. Thankfully, I was able to cut him loose and revive him, and after I realized that the dog would literally rather die than hold his head up, I used a loop around his belly instead of around his neck.

This dog, despite being a Cocker, never ever tried to fight me, bite me, or make a sound. He'd sometimes poop on my table, but other than being dead weight (and suicidal), he never showed a hint of emotion. Just total shut down.

So yes, I think there are rare cases where a dog's bite threshold is so high that the behavior will never be expressed.
 
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