Is it time to put my aggressive dog down?

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Perriann

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Jun 26, 2009
 
Woops, meant to say 56 breeds, not 150 but who knows that might be true....
maggie b

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#23
Jun 27, 2009
 
Death is not the worst thing that can happen to an animal. Being abandoned in a shelter or abused in a home with less tolerance for this kind of behavior is worse. The buck stops with you. Give the poor creature the last act of kindess you can give by setting it free for its next incarnation.

An animal that has lost its bite inhibition is a legal & moral liability. You can't even give it away without sharing the liablity for its future behavior. You & your parents could lose everything you own if someone is injured (via a lawsuit). You are harboring an unsafe animal with a known bite history.

There is another dog that needs a second chance that is even more deserving as it will not bite the hand that feeds. Some dogs are born with a loose screw, they are fearful, prior abuse isn't always what's going on with this sort of thing. Some things can't be fixed. Your poor family is getting a really poor introduction to having a companion animal. It's very unfair.

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Jul 2, 2009
 
OutSideTheBox wrote:
I've had a border collie for 3 years now. I adopted her at 1 from an abused home. She's always had aggression issues. I have always lived alone though and been able to manage the problem ( i've been bitten on more than one occasion, though not in a years or so now). We were in the middle of no where NH with miles of woods and no one to bother us. Due to the current $$$ situation I've been forced back to my parents w/ the dog. Who is terrorizing the family and friends and neighbors and people who walk by.
I've spent tons on training when i got her, though if i've moved back to my parents, clearly I don't have enough to start with them again. She'll bite at them when in small spaces (cage, car, under a table), she'll bite theirs food involved, she'll bite at other dogs, ect ect. Now, clearly the problems gotten worse over the last couple months, it hasn't been 3 years of terror. I've minimized her contact with other people though to avoid problems. And now that I work and they have to deal with her with out my help or being there... My family's never had a dog, never mind an aggressive dog. If it was just me and the dog, I'd still work with her, but is it fair to force her on my family?
I feel like I'm quitting or I've failed or something. But, I've put in lots of man hours over 3 years and in 3 months she's become as bad as she ever behaved and I don't think we'll be back to an ideal living situation any time soon. Nor do I think I can force the 5 other people I now live with to a) live afraid they may get attacked by the dog any moment, b) become dog trainers, or what I donno... i guess thats why i've turned to the internet for advice.
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THNXS
Kinda simple, really. Take your dog to a veterinary behavior specialist (you're in Boston, try Tufts University Vet School) and work with them and a reputable professional trainer that has experience with aggressive dogs. They should be able to determine what specific type(s) of aggression your dog suffers from, and tell you if there is any hope of medical, behavioral, and training therapy that will help. If not, your choices are to try and find a sanctuary that will accept an aggressive dog or to have the dog euthanized. The last option is unpleasant and painful, but may be the best in the long run - there are dogs out there that are mentally unbalanced and cannot be salvaged, not many, but they do exist.
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#25
Aug 9, 2012
 
I understand many comments and it simply boils down to the specific situation and ALL situations are different. It is easy to advise what is right and wrong unless it is you walking in those shoes. Anyone who puts a dog down for aggression is not wrong. It is a sad situation for all involved. I am not promoting just doing it without attempt to resolve but standing in judgement is a bit harsh. Most people who have a dog what the dog or they wouldn't of gotten it in the first place. Our dog was 95% of the time AWESOME, however, he could not be restrained at all....you couldn't put him in a muzzle, in a bathtub, pick him up or take him to the vet without being sedated. He came from two parents that were severely abused and even with training and socializing he was agressive when restrained. we even got him at about 10 weeks. 3 of the 5 puppies in the litter have been put down and the 4th is about to be. The 4th being our dog. It KILLS us to do this, but the vet said it will only get worse and in a short time he will severely hurt someone. I know some spend $1,000 of dollars on trainers....sometimes it works and others not. You must protect people even if it means putting a dog down that you LOVE with all your heart. No one plans on a dog being aggressive, our dog was loved deeply and was well taken care of but the time has come before he hurts or even kills someone. I hurt and I will always hurt over having to put him down and I love him deeply but I love my family and friends and all the people around. I can't choose my dogs life over humans. Our poor dog is terrified when restrained, the vet can't touch him and can't treat him anymore unless he is shot with a trangun and he still tries biting any stranger and much family now. Hearts go out to any decent person who has to put their dog down. It is heartwrenching and there is not right and wrong in most cases. God Bless!
Jeff Smith

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#26
Dec 6, 2012
 
Here is some info on the border collie that you might find useful.

http://www.dogblogpedia.com/border-collie-dog...

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#27
Jan 6, 2013
 
I know of a husband and wife who have a small dog that has no qualms about biting anybody. The problem there is that the owner allowed the dog to be the boss right from the get go. A dog needs to be shown who's boss right from the start or else that dog will become as a monster which will be all the more uncontrollable as it gets older.

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Feb 4, 2013
 
OutSideTheBox wrote:
I've had a border collie for 3 years now. I adopted her at 1 from an abused home. She's always had aggression issues. I have always lived alone though and been able to manage the problem ( i've been bitten on more than one occasion, though not in a years or so now). We were in the middle of no where NH with miles of woods and no one to bother us. Due to the current $$$ situation I've been forced back to my parents w/ the dog. Who is terrorizing the family and friends and neighbors and people who walk by.
I've spent tons on training when i got her, though if i've moved back to my parents, clearly I don't have enough to start with them again. She'll bite at them when in small spaces (cage, car, under a table), she'll bite theirs food involved, she'll bite at other dogs, ect ect. Now, clearly the problems gotten worse over the last couple months, it hasn't been 3 years of terror. I've minimized her contact with other people though to avoid problems. And now that I work and they have to deal with her with out my help or being there... My family's never had a dog, never mind an aggressive dog. If it was just me and the dog, I'd still work with her, but is it fair to force her on my family?
I feel like I'm quitting or I've failed or something. But, I've put in lots of man hours over 3 years and in 3 months she's become as bad as she ever behaved and I don't think we'll be back to an ideal living situation any time soon. Nor do I think I can force the 5 other people I now live with to a) live afraid they may get attacked by the dog any moment, b) become dog trainers, or what I donno... i guess thats why i've turned to the internet for advice.
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THNXS
Kill the dog and then get another one but not a border collie. They are known for being a little aggressive. It sounds to me that you need a small lap dog.
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#29
Mar 24, 2013
 
I have a 1 and a half year old pit bull mix. Her name is Abby. She was rescued at about 7 months old and has been a loving dog to me ever since. She is extremely protective of me and my family. She use to be alright with meeting new people (would start off nervous, but end up ok). Now, she tries to attack anyone. She has never actually bitten anyone but I'm scared she will. I was visiting my parents when my sister brought my 2 week old nephew over. While my dad was holding him, she wouldn't stop pacing the room and growling. We put her in the crate. The next day, Abby was outside on the line when my sister was holding the baby and was walking into the house. Abby tried her hardest to get to my sister and nephew. She was growling with her head and neck down and barking. This was so strange for her because she loves my sister and is around her so much. She has also tried to get to my brother's best friend's child, who is three. The little boy wasn't provoking her or even moving. He was standing outside talking to my dad.(Luckily my mom had her on the leash). And the most recently thing that has happened was that while she was on her line, the neighbors great dane was walking by our yard, when she took off after him and snapped her collar off. She didn't even notice the collar. Usually she is always an inside dog when I'm home, but at my parents, we let her run around outside on the line. I don't know what to do because I love my dog like my child, but I couldn't live with myself if she were to ever get to a child or my nephew.

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Apr 11, 2013
 
I have had my mongrel dog since she was 6 weeks and she is now 18 months and we just can't control her. She has bitten me for trying to take things off her and she has attacked my partner on several occasions one she burst through his thumb nail! There is no reason for her to be attacking us she has a good home, she is well fed with good treats bones eye and gets good big walks not to mention we adore her! She has become so dominant that its becoming a nightmare to live with her :/ my family think she should be out down but I just can't bring myself to do it :( advice or tips?? Please xx

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Apr 14, 2013
 
Carole88 wrote:
I have had my mongrel dog since she was 6 weeks and she is now 18 months and we just can't control her. She has bitten me for trying to take things off her and she has attacked my partner on several occasions one she burst through his thumb nail! There is no reason for her to be attacking us she has a good home, she is well fed with good treats bones eye and gets good big walks not to mention we adore her! She has become so dominant that its becoming a nightmare to live with her :/ my family think she should be out down but I just can't bring myself to do it :( advice or tips?? Please xx
The problems sounds like the dog may have been over pampered and was never shown early who is the boss. I had a dog i got who was less than a year old who initially challenged at every turn. I refused to back down when she behaved aggressively and after a while, she finally got the clue. She turned out to be a very good dog until I lost her to cancer in January of last year. In the case of your dog, if you really don't want to have to put her down, there are experts who can curb aggression issues in dogs in many cases.
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#32
Aug 17, 2013
 
My dog! he bites every one who comes in the house, yard, bites every dog he sees in the park, he will break your arm if he sees a cat or a squirrel, what can I do? sent him to trainer, it did not work, bought e-training collar it did not work? he is a beautiful dog, very good with us, just so aggressive with other animals and other people.
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Mar 8, 2014
 

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Mar 20, 2014
 
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#35
May 25, 2014
 
It's time to put Beady down!

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