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#1 Apr 29, 2014
I work as a nanny for a family with two dogs. The first dog is the problem. He's a large Aussie-border collie mix and he's pretty much been terrible from the beginning. They've tried three different trainers with no success. The dog is deaf so he startles easily. At about 9 months to a year old he became extremely aggressive. He's attacked and cornered me multiple times as well as attacking their two children. They've also told me that he's attacked the two parents on multiple occasions. They've been doing construction on their house which has made the situation worse because workers are constantly coming in and out and at least two of them have been the victims of this dogs's aggression.
I understand that the family loves their dog but he's impossible to control, he barks constantly (in NYC) and he shows extremely aggressive behavior towards everyone who isn't the immediate family.
I've tried talking to them, I've made it clear that I'm not comfortable handling the dog and they are aware that the dog has left permanent scars on my body. I suffer from PTSD from another event and this is a very triggering situation for me. I think the fact that the only people who've been attacked work for the family has miraculously prevented them from being used but I have no doubt that this dog will escape or get off his leash and attack someone else and then they will be sued.
I'm reliant on them for my main source of income and I love the children, I've been with the family for three years so I don't want to sever our relationship or quit, But I can't handle the stress this dog is placing on me when I know he's just a ticking time bomb. I want to talk to them about it but they love the dog so much they're not even open to trying a shock collar. I know they'd never consider it but given the dog's very violent and unpredictable behavior I don't understand how they haven't put him down.
Any suggestions are welcome.
#2 Apr 29, 2014
I Forget to mention that at the recommendation of the trainer and vet and at my request they tried medicating the dog but then stopped without telling me after a month because they didn't like the idea of medicating their dog. That's when they purchased a second larger dog hoping it would help. It hasn't.
#3 May 25, 2014
Dogs tend to get aggressive when being molested by Beady
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