: Any Haven for Dogs with Biting Problems???



thebigjimsho
07-08-07, 09:50 PM
I just got a new puppy a few months ago. She's a sweet American Eskimo that is just a ham for attention. She's not the problem.

My brother got his own place with his wife a couple of years ago. They had been wanting a dog for a while. After getting my puppy, the bug really bit them and they started searching for a dog. They wanted a big dog. They looked at breeders of Newfoundlands, but they couldn't afford a purebred. They looked around at pounds and on Craigslist and Want ads.

They finally found a handsome pound dog. He's part Shepard, part Great Dane and part black Lab, I believe. He was about 2 years old. They had him for awhile with no problems. But one day while on a walk, the dog lunged at a passerby. That happened once again and they took him to a behavioral specialist. They did some training and the problem didn't resurface for a couple months until last yesterday. While visiting at a camp with friends and family, he lunged at a friend of ours and bit him on the cheek. Fairly badly, too.

He's such a good dog when around our immediate family. I actually dog sat for them last weekend and he is affectionate and wanted to lay down by my bed, even though it was the first time I sat for him. He is obedient and easy to deal with. It's just that there's no way to predict who he isn't going to like.

They plan on putting him down this week. I'm not that attached to him, but I just lost my best friend of over 15 years last November and I personally wanted to see if there was any program that caters to dogs like him. It's just ashame because there must be a situation that he could thrive in where he could be kept away from the type of situation that he's been a problem in.

Rolex
07-08-07, 09:59 PM
I know from experience you're going to run into some VERY strong feelings about euthanasia here. Unfortunately there really aren't any resources for you. There are thousands of unwanted dogs that aren't agressive, that won't find their way into anyone's home.

My own dog decided one day, after being a gentle giant for 9 years, that he would bite small children every opportunity he got. He too was a mixed breed. That behavior didn't jive because I have a 2 year old daughter and a backyard that's full of kids her age every week. I've done anesthesia for several dog bites.....somehow they always seem to be on the face. It's just a matter of time before that dog destroys someone's life.

I don't envy you my friend. http://www.ar15.com/images/smilies/icon_smile_dissapprove.gif (javascript:insertText('[V]');)

thebigjimsho
07-08-07, 10:16 PM
I know from experience you're going to run into some VERY strong feelings about euthanasia here. Unfortunately there really aren't any resources for you. There are thousands of unwanted dogs that aren't agressive, that won't find their way into anyone's home.

My own dog decided one day, after being a gentle giant for 9 years, that he would bite small children every opportunity he got. He too was a mixed breed. That behavior didn't jive because I have a 2 year old daughter and a backyard that's full of kids her age every week. I've done anesthesia for several dog bites.....somehow they always seem to be on the face. It's just a matter of time before that dog destroys someone's life.

I don't envy you my friend. http://www.ar15.com/images/smilies/icon_smile_dissapprove.gif (http://javascript<b></b>:insertText('[V]');)I thank you for responding. I love dogs and animals in general and it pains me to see this happen. I was just grasping at straws hoping there was something out there.

Rolex
07-08-07, 10:21 PM
FWIW I placed adds in the Tyson Foods circular. I figured someone would be looking for a good guard dog to watch over their farm. It can't hurt to try placing an add in your local paper. I was very honest in my add: great companion, house broken, doesn't mind sleeping outside, good guard dog, agressive toward small children. Thing is, dogs....especially big dogs with a history of biting, are a BIG liability. Nobody wants the risk IMO.

dkozloski
07-09-07, 02:51 AM
Build a kennel in the yard for the dog and never let him out without a muzzle. In many areas of Europe you never see a dog in public without a muzzle no matter what the dogs history is. If the dog bites a kid it's your fault and not the dogs because you are aware of the possibility.

Silver Dollar
07-09-07, 12:14 PM
Jim, unfortunatly I must concur with all above.

A dog that bites can not be fixed. Period.

You have 3 options: 1)lock em up, 2)Muzzle em or 3)put em down.

It's like having a loaded gun in the house that goes off on it's own and always hits someone when it does.

For that reason #3 is really the only option.