what makes a dog turn on its owner?

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Jun 22, 2011
 
WHAT MAKES A DOG TURN ON ITS OWNER? IF THERE WAS NO ABUSE & THE DOG WAS WELL TAKEN CARE OF, HAS THIS EVER HAPPENED TO ANY OF YOU?
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it depends on the breed of dog. and if the dog might be feeling sick or hurt many things can be the reason might want to talk to a vet have it examined I hope it didnt hurt anyone really bad. My dog hasnt really turned but she is really moody but thats because shes in labor and hopefully by the morning I will have some new members to my family! and no for anyone that will ask Im keeping them all not selling and not giving any away
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Jun 22, 2011
 
HE WAS TAKEN AWAY & PUT DOWN I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED!
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Kendra wrote:
WHAT MAKES A DOG TURN ON ITS OWNER? IF THERE WAS NO ABUSE & THE DOG WAS WELL TAKEN CARE OF, HAS THIS EVER HAPPENED TO ANY OF YOU?
It happens to a lot of people. Especially with working dogs that don't get the exercise they require. They can get frustrated and it turns into aggression. A dog has to learn that you are the the leader of the pack and must be made to submit, especially while they are young. But they can still try to displace you when they get older, especially with dogs that have been bred to be aggressive. I remember reading about a gentleman who raised and trained Clydesdale Horses. As soon as they were born he would pick the colt up and hold it in his arms until it submitted (quit struggling and fighting). He was known to raise some of the easiest to train horses. Same as a dog they considered him the alpha male. When grown and weighing around 2,000 lbs they still think he can pick them up and make them submit.
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it depends on the breed of dog. and if the dog might be feeling sick or hurt many things can be the reason might want to talk to a vet have it examined I hope it didnt hurt anyone really bad. My dog hasnt really turned but she is really moody but thats because shes in labor and hopefully by the morning I will have some new members to my family! and no for anyone that will ask Im keeping them all not selling and not giving any away
It does not depend on what kind of breed a dog is. Any and all dogs can turn on you the owner even if its a little chiwawa. Maybe someone not in the household who don't live there did something to make it turn like that (I've heard of this before). But like I said any breed could turn on you.
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Jun 22, 2011
 
did they even give you a reason? because there supposed to quarantine the animal for 10 if the dog doesnt show any bad behavior in those ten days than they give it back its the law go look it up and ask your local health department
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Kendra wrote:
HE WAS TAKEN AWAY & PUT DOWN I JUST DONT UNDERSTAND WHAT HAPPENED!
The dog probably wondered the same thing.
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Jun 23, 2011
 
He was a rescue, Irish Setter mix...but I got him at 6 weeks old, right away we noticed behavioral issues, rougher than any puppy i've ever had ( I have had dogs my entire life) none of them have done the things he did...when he was little, I attempted to keep him in our home...I could NEVER get him house broken, I could never get him to walk on a leash without struggle, he would eat until he threw up (so I started giving him 2 meals a day w/ 3 snacks) When he was about 5 months old he started attacking our house cat, which he had known since day one....I put him outside because he was extremely distructive & agressive with me...I could never get him to mind, he would chase ppl out of our home....his vet said he wasn't getting enough excercise....so I fenced in our ENTIRE back yard...he could run & just be a dog, we played with him daily, he was always fed, watered & loved...then he started climbing the fence, yes CLIMBING....so we had it extended to 9 feet high...he still climbed it, he would kill cats...that made me feel horrible, yesterday he escaped once again & when I tried to call him to his yard he would not come...then suddenly turned on me....he would not listen to me or my husband...then he lunged at my face & knocked me down...standing over me growling the entire time, everyone saw it happen, I called his vet & the vet said to call shelter because I was his master & he stll did it....I did & was informed he was an immediate danger to me, my family & anyone else who crossed his path....they put him down, I didn't know what else to do....I was afraid of him & what if he attacked someone else? I did not want to give him up, but I didn't know what else to do...I miss him like crazy..it hurts like h3ll! He was only 2 & it's such a deep loss...i've never lost a pet like this before, all my other babies stayed with me until the moment GOD called them home, i'm heartbroken....sorry I wrote so much, I just don't understand
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By the way wrote:
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It does not depend on what kind of breed a dog is. Any and all dogs can turn on you the owner even if its a little chiwawa. Maybe someone not in the household who don't live there did something to make it turn like that (I've heard of this before). But like I said any breed could turn on you.
To suggest the breed doesn't matter is ridiculous. Ac small lap dog won't rip your throat out. They aren't capable of locking their jaws and jerking at the victim causing massive injuries. Even worse is dogs that were bred to be aggressive, dogs bred to bait bulls and to hunt large prey. It is called selective breeding as only the most aggressive dogs are bred. When dogs like these are selected to be family pets, injuries and deaths are sure to follow. They don't stay happy little puppies for long and owners end up with something they can't handle. Some even trusting these animals around small children. Taking a stupid chance with the life of a child. When it does go wrong they try to act surprised and innocent, pretending they didn't realize the danger.

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Kendra, I'm so sorry for your loss and I understand what you're going through. I had a dog that was becoming vicious. No matter what I did, he had the notion that he was MY master...not the other way around. He started attacking another dog of mine without provocation. The last time he did it, he bit me as well. I loved that dog with all of my heart, but I could no longer trust him. So I asked my brother to put him down for me. I cried and cried and was physically sick over it.
I don't know why he turned the way he did; all I know is that I failed him. It was MY fault. There was something about ME that caused him to be the way he was...something I said or did, or didn't say or do that I should have.
I know you're hurting right now and I wish there was something I could say to make you feel better, but only time (and lots of it) can do that. For what it's worth Kendra, I don't think you had a choice. I don't know if you have children or not, but if you do, you couldn't have an unpredictable dog like that around them. Keep that in mind the next time you try to blame yourself for what happened. Message me anytime if you'd like.
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Has the dog been sexually abused?

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I think he might be demon possessed..... It don't just happen to humans you know.... With the way most humans are today demons are getting more selective of the body they possess....But that is the only credit I can give them...
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Kendra, I'm so sorry for your loss and I understand what you're going through. I had a dog that was becoming vicious. No matter what I did, he had the notion that he was MY master...not the other way around. He started attacking another dog of mine without provocation. The last time he did it, he bit me as well. I loved that dog with all of my heart, but I could no longer trust him. So I asked my brother to put him down for me. I cried and cried and was physically sick over it.
I don't know why he turned the way he did; all I know is that I failed him. It was MY fault. There was something about ME that caused him to be the way he was...something I said or did, or didn't say or do that I should have.
I know you're hurting right now and I wish there was something I could say to make you feel better, but only time (and lots of it) can do that. For what it's worth Kendra, I don't think you had a choice. I don't know if you have children or not, but if you do, you couldn't have an unpredictable dog like that around them. Keep that in mind the next time you try to blame yourself for what happened. Message me anytime if you'd like.
I also blame myself, I feel like I failed him...I am his Mommy & still couldn't help him, there is so much guilt....I would have never guessed it would be like this, I love all my babies so much... & no I do not have children but everyone around me does & it terrified me that he would hurt one of them or worse....I will never have another dog, I have 2 more now & when GOD calls them home, I will never adopt another one...I can't take the chance of this ever happening again, it hurt too bad & I also have a huge problem with feeling like I was playing GOD...by choosing to end his life, even though I didn't choose to..the shelter did, I just wanted them to hold him & evaluate him & see what was wrong....but, they said they couldn't do that...said he was too dangerous, I miss him so much....I don't know if my heart will ever heal...thank you for writing me =)
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Jun 24, 2011
 
Im sorry for your loss Kendra
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Jun 24, 2011
 
They are animals, thats why. Don't get me wrong I am a dog owner and love dogs but they are animals and will behave as such.

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Jun 25, 2011
 
Being whistled for?
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Jun 25, 2011
 
THE LEGEND HIMSELF wrote:
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This dog story just brings tears to my glass eye .I had a rotboxer mix to get run over , he tried to make it back to daddy but fail dead .He didn't like nobody or nothing else I miss that mean sob ,just liked that pup ! if theirs anything of a dogs hell hes giving to them .
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Jun 25, 2011
 
Had the dog been neutered?

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Jun 26, 2011
 
KENDRA I AM VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS
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It is interesting you mentioned an Irish Setter mix. This dog actually had a low what is called temperment score. The American temperment society did a study on over 186 different dogs. They record behavioral situations. Studied the dogs attitude in certain situations. They used this data to find what they call a temperment score. With above %80 being a passing score. Some people consider a dalmation, boxer, doberman, malamutes, huskies, german sheppards and rottweilers to be among the top 10 most dangerous breeds of dogs. How ever all of these dogs scored above an %80 in testing. What did the setter score? A %75. So a Setter is not as gentle as one thinks.
The reason this dog acted the way it did could be a number of things.
1. The dog had an unknown medical problem which makes them aggresive.
2. Thyroid problems in dogs have been known to present with sudden aggression.
3. Some dogs are born with fearful or very dominant temperament. That is genetic. No matter how "nice" an owner is, the dog still has the genetic temperament it is born with. They are just the brain chemistry of the dog.
4. Another thing is lack of exercise. Take an Alaskan Malamute for example. These dogs are very energetic and active. If they are bored, they can become destructive. That's why this dog needs lots of exercise to be happy. I know that a Setter is an active dog and likes long walks. Irish Setters enjoy having a job to do. Lack of activity will lead to a bored, destructive, or even hyperactive dog. You mentioned the dog attacked your cat. This breed of dog does not get along well with small animals and can be a little rough with children. Setters are known to be gentle dogs so there must have been some type of medical problem or mental inbalance that caused the dog to act tis way. But like any animal. Any animal can be aggressive not matter how gentle they see or what they have done in the past. I'm sorry for your loss. But I have to say that you shouldn't feel guilty having to put the dog down. It is better than having the dog get worse and attack and hurt your children or you.

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