So I went to my friend's house to take a look at his dog...and I was a bit saddened when I saw my friend. He fell, broke his hip, and has deteriorated physically very much. His relationship with his dog is TIGHT. The dog is impeccable, tough, stable, and beautiful.
I asked to hear the story, and frankly the dog was very respectful in his bite. My friend's (also mature) daughter, teased the dog and the dog responded with FIVE warning "bites" that did not break the skin...even though she was hitting him with a clothes bucket. The final bite was a stronger one, but it only barely broke skin. My friend heard the yelling, he walked as well as he can to his daughter's aid, and saw the dog pulling on his daughter's T-shirt. He went to his dog, put his fingers in the dog's mouth, the dog released immediately, yet continued to bark at the daughter.
I explained to both that the dog never meant to hurt the daughter; that if he had, she would be permanently disabled.
I put on a light bite suit, and armed with a long line, walked into the dog's large enclosure. The dog bit my arm hard, I spoke to him calmly, and waited aproximately 3 minutes for him to release, talking to him the entire time. I then put the leash on, pulled the dog to me, and I sat on a chair and "hung out" for a few minutes while I drank a Coke. The dog started to relax. When he was relaxed, I put a prong collar on and took him for a walk on the street.
So in 8 days, after the local health authorities have cleared the dog, I will have a new dog. I handled him during his original training, and now I will have him back.