We have large dogs which we have had since pups, before our 2 little ones come along, our 2 dogs were our babies.
In the last 3 weeks they have had a go at 2 seperate people and their dogs walking past our house.
DH is insisting on rehoming them as he is concerned next time it could be one of our little ones.
It breaks my heart as they are/were our babies and are apart of our family.
What are your views or experiences on this?
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02-05-2015 19:14 #1Senior Member
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02-05-2015 19:30 #2
Have they actually tried to attack these people/dogs? Or just barked at them?
I know our dogs became a lot more territorial once DS arrived. They never used to bark, even when people & dogs passed our house, but once DS had been home a few weeks they started barking at passers by. I think it's because they felt they needed to protect 'their' baby. With a bit of retraining they settled down again.
How are they with your bubs? Have they ever shown any aggression towards them? Do they seem nervous or skittish around them?
02-05-2015 19:33 #3
Kids come first every time. Even the smallest doubt would have them out the door.
Has anything happened differently in the last few weeks?
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02-05-2015 20:32 #4Senior Member
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Today they took off out the gate when we were getting the car out and one of them had another dog around the neck and the other had the owner bailed up 😣
They have never shown any aggression. The first time it happened was 3 weeks ago, just before I went into labour and the other was today.. @Frankenmum @LoveLivesHere
02-05-2015 20:42 #5
They have to go. As heart breaking as it is there is no rewind button and dogs are unpredictable if if they have shown this type of aggression then it's really an issue
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02-05-2015 20:54 #6
02-05-2015 21:02 #7
I would get rid of them without a doubt.
* I should say I don't understand emotional connections to pets so it's quite easy for me to say that.
02-05-2015 21:49 #8
02-05-2015 21:54 #9
The first rule of dog ownership is prevent situations where their behaviour is bad, so I'd first be thinking about how the dogs were free to get to someone just walking past.
Second I'd be looking at how often you socialise them on or off leash with other people/dogs. A good step would be to contact your local dog obedience club and ask for help, attend some lessons.
I wouldn't be immediately getting rid of them, since in my opinion they're family members, but I'd be looking at whether you are taking appropriate precautions and putting effort into training them.
02-05-2015 21:57 #10
...if you're pressed for time, there are usually a few private dog trainers you can get to come around for a specific session.
I'd at least try that before getting rid of them to an already overcrowded shelter or pound where it's fairly certain euthanasia.
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