We have a purebred Aussie Shep. that is 7 yrs old. He is very aggresive, and when my husband is out of town, thinks HE is in charge. He does not listen to me and has lately started aggresive behaviour toward my 13 yr old daughter. She has never hit him. She will GENTLY pet or hug him and he starts growling at her, first it is a low growl that escalates to an angry bark. He has had her pinned against a wall barking at her on two occasions in the past year. My husband is reluctant to put him down because he never acts this way in front of my husband. I am frightened for my children as well as any guests that may come by when my husband isnt home. My question is, is this typical behaviour in this breed, or could he just be mentally unstable?
Don't take any chances with your kids! Pinning someone against the wall and barking is not normal behavior in a dog. If you don't want to put him down try to call the resuce, person, breeder you got him from and see if they will take him back. Sorry, but he needs to go.
If this dog is doing this a resuce will not take him. Duchess was raise with a freind of mine.She got her when she was 14 weeks old.This friend run a day care in her home.After Duchess had a litter of pups she became over protected of the smaller kids and would bit anyone that touch them anyways she call a resuce group and they told her to put the dog down.Well she called a nother friend and gave her my number I told her I would take the dog and work with her well she has been here ever since. I would found your dog a home without kids.
tami...id hate to say it but...if a dog of mine growls at my kids...they are out of here...I wont compromise my kids safety...I had that happen long ago...and tolerated a 130 pound dog growling at us...the vet found no reason for this...He said it was a behavior problem..he also remarked to not let a dog this size get out of control...well..he usually growled when you got up and it made him get up...I thought it ws his hips...but Vet rukled that out...so i started telling him to get up before i moved..and he began to growl when you told him to move...Well...baby came and all was ok until she began to crawl...He growled 1 time...he was gone that day...I hate to say it...but you have to draw a line..
Oh man, this reminds me. I knew a lady online a few years ago that had the same problem with her dog. Can't remember the breed, but it was a large breed. The dog would do the same things. Hubby did not beleive his wife till he came home to find his dog had forced his wife into a corner, with her crying and would not let up till hubby said to. They had to put him down.
Tamiwami - I would put the saftey of my children first. This dog is aggressive beyond the point where I would tolerate it.
I adopted a Malamute from someone that was going into the service. Bear was full grown and just a beautiful dog. However, he was an animal killer. At the time, we raised and showed Miniature Ducks, chickens and rabbits.
Bear would kill any animal that came within his grasp. We couldn't break him of this.
One day, my son, who was about 3 at the time, was going out to check on his ducks. He had a Black East Indies duck that he called Beauty. He walked in Bear's path and the dog nailed him in the leg.
As much as we loved the dog, I refused to allow him another chance to maim my son. We had him put to sleep.
No dog is worth a child being injured, in my opinion.
Your husband should be able to understand this concept.
When was the last time your dog has seen a vet? I doubt that you've put up with this behavior for 7 years- so when did this change in behavior occur?
Many dogs that are labeled aggressive have underlying medical issues that COULD be treated. You owe the dog in the least- a full medical evaluation. This is extremely odd behavior to see in ANY well raised dog- and immediately makes me suspect that the dog is in pain.
If nothing shows up during the medical evaluation (PLEASE make sure they check his back and neck specifically- a pinched nerve can go unnoticed- but cause an awful lot of pain!), and you are truly in fear for your child- and this is new behavior in an otherwise good dog- PLEASE contact a rescue group before euthanizing the dog. If he hasn't bitten, he's shown restraint- and can likely be worked with. Leave the decision for euthanasia up to them- they've seen it all, and will tell you if there's nothing to be done for the dog.
to protect your children you have to have put to sleep. if he is doning this to a family that he has been with this long- then what would he do to someone he has never seen? would you be willing to take that responsibilty and wory on. no one like to say that you need to put a healthy dog to sleep, but when a situation like this happens then you have to take care of the problem, not put it off to someone else. I respect the opion of those who say the "no kills", but there is no way that i would be able to sleep wondering if he has bitten/hurt someone. and i have to wonder if they have ever been in a situation like this? i have to say if it was MY child- the husband would have a choice- the dog or the family. i will not tolerate an aggressive dog towards me/my family.
I beg to differ. A dog is a responsibility, TOO. She needs to deal with this IMMEDIATELY- that I do agree with. But we are NOT in a position to tell her to euthanize the dog without further information.
According to her- the dog has bitten NOBODY. He's shown aggression when he's been touched- a common occurance in animals experiencing pain. When a family has a dog for that long- and it just "turns" on them- there's an underlying issue. Maybe it can't be treated- maybe it can. The least she can do is get him in for an evaluation- and share the information with a rescue group. A rescue group worth their salt won't take a dog that they believe to be a danger to humans, but will take a dog that they can work with.
Euthanasia should be reserved for dogs that have PROVEN to be a danger.