we have made a really hard decision that we cant keep dolla anymore.i called all the rescues that are around here today and most say since he has a bite history he would be pts.the other rescues said they were to full. we had good attentions to take him to class but things come up.i got really sick and still am and since then it has wipped us out finacially.we cant afford the training right now.does anybody have any ideas for him. thanks i really do LOVE him no matter what you think and by doing this i feel im doing the best for him
I really wish I had some good advice for you. I know that this is a terribly hard situation for you and it is extremely hard to let go of a friend. Given his history of attacking people it will be really hard to find him a home. It's really too bad that all the rescues won't take him or are too full.
I just went through this with my last dog a couple of months ago. He attacked a friend of mine's 2 year old and bit him in the face. We had to make the really difficult decision to have him PTS because we knew that we could not live with ourselves if he had done this again. The shelter that we got him from said that all they would do is have him PTS because of his history. I chose to not drop him off there to die with strangers. I took him to my vet and was with him and held him until he was gone. I've never cried so hard in my life. It's one thing to put a dog out of its misery when it is suffering, but my dog was completely healthy and only 2 years old. I know this is difficult, i'm so sorry and I totally know how you feel.
Please take care and if you do have him PTS, please know that he loved you and you will be reunited at the Rainbow bridge someday.
We had to do the same thing with out dog, Kayne. He bit me in the face and attacked my sister's leg/foot.
Some dogs are just not born right. They mean well, and they are still wonderful companions, but they have no quality of life, in my opinion.
Kayne was a little iffy from the day we brought him home, and it just got worse. We had him for 6 years, and it just seemed to get worse every year. In the end, we decided that it was best for HIM to go ahead to the rainbow bridge.
You should go to the vet and get him to do a brain scan to look for tumors, just in case. Make sure everything is okay physically because sometimes pain can make a dog act like that.
Whatever you decide to do, I know that you will have the pup's best interest in mind. I'll pray for you and Dolla. Good luck. :)
Like imsdac said, we will all meet our friends again one day.
***Edited By: laredos_mom on 7/17/2006 9:51:55 PM*** Reason: x
I don't know the full story but if the dog is a danger I would recommend you save him the trauma of being rehomed and put him to sleep with those he knows and loves. From a rescue perspective we have to be careful what dogs we adopt out. I will work with a dog as long as I can but if I see no improvement I am then stuck doing the deed. If you are sure that nothing can be done, don't lay the responsibility on someone else. It's a hard thing to do but kinder for the dog.
I agree with everyone else that if he is just going to be bounced around the rest of his live and get angry and not feel love, then it is best to allow him to go in peace now.
Having said that, maybe you are not the best judge of whether or not he can be rehabilitated. I don't know who is, a behaviorist, I suppose. But even if he can be, who is going to do it???
I hope that you find that someone who can take on the responsibility. Or put him to sleep so that you know he is taken care of, and in a happier place.
i do not envy your position, and I don't think anyone can say too many bad things to you about this decision that you have to make. None of us are there, and it is a really tough spot to be in.
I do, however, think that it is not fair to him to say that you didn't take him to obedience, you didn't train him, and for that, he needs to be put to sleep. I urge you to find the individual who has the time to help him. But again, I am not there.
This dog's issues is not just with strangers, it's with its own family. This is the dog that attacked the mom and bit her in the neck. If I remember correctly, he's also bitten jgermansh also. He posted this a couple of months ago and a lot of people on this forum recommended that he bring his dog for formal training because he attacks people IN the family.
He is a german shephard, not a small dog by any means. Keeping a dog like this without training is a liability. It's like keeping a loaded gun on your bedside table. In my opinion it's not worth the risk to the family. He's already stated that he (not the dog) is very sick and now he can't afford training because of financial issues.
If he can't rehome the dog to someone experienced and willing to train him, and various rescues wont take him or just have him PTS, he at least should do the responsible thing.
Dogs with a bite history can be a terrible liability. I wouldnt want that responsiblitiy either.
Right now theres a pair of pitts that has caused an up roar because the stupid irresponsible owners some how couldnt contain them and the attacked a little girl while roaming. They had a previous bite history and needles to say the ownwers are in big trouble now.
Sorry your having to make a difficult decision with dolla but some times we have to look at the bigger picture and know when we've taken on too much.
we have tried everything we really can with him.he is really turning into a big problem.our neighbor is raising there four grandchildren who insist on petting him throught the fence.we have went and talked them and told them he bites.we have told the children not to pet him.we have put up no trasspassing and beware of dog signs and they still will try.i was out with him yesterday and i throw his ball and then he went after it and i heard a growl.one of the kids had but his hand in the fence to pet him.i told him to take his hand out of the fence that he was going to get pet.his response was oh i know he will bit me.so we have thought about it and it probably the best thing to have him pts.he is a good size dog.is not far to him b/c im not allowed around him during the day while my moms not home.he has the strenght to push me down and has. i physically cant get up on my own quickly.so mom wont let me out with him whils she isnt home to be with us.my mom has also tried going out and working overtime just to pay for training b/c we love him so much.then things come up i got really sick and it took all of our money that out none left right now.so i guess we will probably have him pts.
I understand what you say I feel sorry for you in the other hand , we should never ever put a dog to sleep. that is morally wrong .I cannot imagine
Why the kids next to your home are bothering your dog. It is their fault.
I do not know what to say. your dog trust you no matter what . I have seen stories where dogs save people . This dog could be your true friend you can trust If you do not have money for all expenses that you pay for him, you could even ask people who could help you . I know there are lots and lots of people who love dogs who could help you
I am not in your shoes. I pray to God to give you the strength to make a good decision which benfits the dog and you
he is really turning into a big problem.our neighbor is raising there four grandchildren who insist on petting him throught the fence.we have went and talked them and told them he bites.we have told the children not to pet him.we have put up no trasspassing and beware of dog signs and they still will try.
Actually, it doesn't sound like he is the problem. It sounds like your neighbors are the problem. I'd call the police and explain the situation. Get an officer out there if need be. It's not like you haven't tried to fix this.
Hailey- dolla is the GSD who has had biting problems that jgermansh has posted about. He is around 9 months, I think.
bhrathi- I don't understand why you want to convince jgermansh to keep this dog. He has had a history of biting, he has bit jgermansh and his mom and has done it more than once. (i think about 3 or 4 times?). jgermansh has a medical problem (don't know what it is) and it sounds like he and his mom are the only ones in the home. Which means if they cannot afford to get this dog the proper training, no shelter or rescue will take him because of bite/attack history, and if they did they are going to put him to sleep anyways, then the best thing they can do is put him to sleep themselves. At least the dog will go in the hands of the people that have loved him and tried to show him how to live a good life.
I don't think the decision that jgermansh has made is a bad one, I think it is for the best interest of his family and the dog. And by no means is it morally wrong!
What state do you live in? Your dog sounds like he is very hyper, and has some possesive issues, and that he need to go to a working home. With someone that has experience with that type of temperament of dog. How old is he, what his bloodline, German or American, working or show or pet? you say that he has bit people, what do you mean, did it require a trip to the hospital? How many times has he bitten. I know it's a lot of questions. I own, raise and train working German Shepherd Dogs and Dutch Shepherd Dogs. What it sounds like your dog is a high drive boy who needs something to do that is physically and mentally challenging. I agree that you should have him checked by a vet to clear that he is not hurting, because that can cause behavior issues as well. I don't care to start a debate over wether this dog should be pts because he has bitten someone. I have worked with many dogs that were supposed to be aggressive and untrust worthy with people, and 90% of the time it's due to lack of training and understanding of what the dog needs. How much exercise does your dog get? Most of the time it is very simple to fix these problems, it's just time consuming. I believe that this dog should go to an experienced owner, even better a trainer. Hope I don't come across as to blunt. In the end it is your choice to make. You are the only one here that knows the dog, and you are the only one who can decide if you think rehoming or putting him to sleep is the best option. I have a female German Shepherd that if she was in a pet home she would be the worst dog on the planet, this is because she wants to works, and is she doesn't she will go nuts, most people couldn't deal with her. She's a major hand full when new people try to handle her, never mean but she does some major mouthing and jumping and pulling on her leash, but she is a great working dog. Most of the other people in the working dog world love her for these very reasons. So don't give up hope in finding you boy a home. Just find him a working home, that has experience. Hope this helps.
***Edited By: GSDgirl on 7/18/2006 11:58:05 AM*** Reason: Type o
i live in chattanooga,tn.he is a shepherd mix from the pound. so i dont know what lines hes from.i have always had german shepherds my whole life.this is the only one we have ever had this kind of problems.we have 1/2 acre of land that he has full run of.we also take him out when we can to walk him.he is very possessive of his toys.there HIS nobody elses. he does really trust me i know that cause if he dont you wont get in his yard.he really does love me and i love him.i feel like i have failed him by doing anything with him other than keeping.if we do keep him how much of a liability do you think he would be.and hailey his name dolla but some people call him dollar cause that dont like how his name is prounced.he is a akita/german shepherd.oh when he bit we didnt have to go to the hospital it just bleed really good.
***Edited By: jgermansh on 7/18/2006 12:15:21 PM*** Reason: add
sorry hailey my bad. I knew he was a gsd of some sorts...but you are right i guess.
jgermansh, do what you feel is right, and what you feel is the best for you and him. if he is just going to be put to sleep in the shelter/rescue, then do him a favor and do it yourselves. he knows you and would go knowing he was loved and by the ones who loved him. instead of going by the hands of some stranger.