We are at our wits end. I thought I would re-post my help plee here as the post seem to get answered... Our 3 +half yr English Mastif Cross has snapped out at my 27yr old daughter and has cut the top skin . This attack was totally unprovoked, my daughter was stroking him goodnight. He is a rescue dog, we have had for two years and he is now about three and half years old. In the house is very well behaved, if for any reason I have needed to go by his bowl or him when he is eating he is quite happy about it. He performs his sit, paw giving and playing with great humour. He's fine with people coming into the house (well maybe a little too excited but I'm getting that under control?!?) However he is very aggressive to all other dogs. He will try to attack anything from cats to bulls???. He gives very little in the way of clues (we don't get in that position any more)He attacked a plastic charity dog?? We have tried behavioural lessons with treats, with a trained dog behavourist. We have tried him in agility school. When he goes out he has to wear a halty (a strap that goes around his nose attached to his collar)and we walk him when there are least people out.
Can you advise? Is there something we can do to stop or change this? Any help would be gratefully recieved and tried out.
I KNOW HOW U FEEL. WE HAVE A 3 YEAR OLD MASTIFF WHO IS SO NAUGHTY. SHE HAS GONE AFTER MY SON BEFORE WHO SHE KNOWS VERY WELL. HE HAD A HAT ON AND NEVER WEARS ONE AND I THINK IT FREAKED HER OUT.DID UR DAUGHTER HAVE HER HAIR DIFFERENT OR WEARING A DIFFERENT SCENT?FOR SOME REASON MY MASTIFF REACTS THE SAME.MY SON WORKS ON A FARM AND SOMETIMES SHE ACTS FREAKED OUT BY HIM. SHE ALSO HATES OTHER DOGS AND CHASES ANYTHING WITH WHEELS, BIKES,LAWNMOWERS,SNOWBLOWER EXC.
When I was 14,I got a part time job at a restaurant owned by a women who lived 1/2 a mile away on a small apple farm. Her home was fenced in on the farm property, a few times that summer i rode along in her station wagon to gather supplies with her for the restaurant. She introduced me to her monster 4 year old female Eng. Mastiff that was always inside the house property. She told me "She needs to get used to seeing you around here and as long as you are with me your okay. But never come in the fenced area if I'm not with you. This is a 230+ lb. guard dog that will tear apart anything deer, turkey, rabbits or you that is in her space. As a gangly 135lb boy. i had no desire to be in ther even with the owners okay. A few times that summer She sent me on my bike to the sheds out on the farm to get supplies for the restaurant The dog seemed fine with that, I even got close to the fence once when I watched her smack down a decent sized rabbit and chomp it down like a Baby Ruth Bar. i told my boss how cool that was. She answered that she does it all the time."Just make sure you are not in the fence or she'll do that to you." restiton a Saturday early that fall fallen apples made for a dangerous ride up to the shed 30 yards away I dropped the bike and ran the rest. I side glanced something large running at me. Low growling told me I was in Big Trouble. I just went in the shed and wedged a shovel handle on the hooks inside barricade myself How come she is out here i thought. I also thought I was safe for now since the Plywood and Z framed doors opened outward. The dog hit the door (her Head?)and growled I called help but only the dog heard it and she just got more agitated then a couple minutes later started pulling apart the one corner where the door meet in the center I started hearing wood cracking and splintering. I grabbed another shovel as a last line of defense (No cell phones in those days) I saw the door flexing and heard more cracking wood sounds and then daylight as the lower corner came apart and she stuck her snout in. Growling and showing the teeh I would be meeting up close soon. It was 20 minutes since I left and a car pulled up and I heard Stop!!Bren NO!! She stopped for 2 seconds then got back to business. She said "Did she get you?" NO Not Yet! Now my boss was a large strong woman over 200lbs,herself I heard the commands stop! No! Come! and her grunting as she pulled her animal away, into the house. a minute later my boss called me to open the now nearly wrecked doors and get out of here.I jumped on my bike shuddering and didn't look back. when she got back to the restaurnt she figured out that the gate to her fence had not been latched securely,(her fault) But why the dog come outside the fence mystified her and she asked me to tell her exactly what i did. she surmised that my running to the shed must have triggered a prey drive instinct "She eats whatever she catches bones and all rabbits,gophers,turkeys," Her theory was that I was all knees and elbows skinny, wearing tan t shirt and pants, and looked like the deer that come thru for the grounded apples at dusk and night but rarely in the daytime " last winter she got a doe about your weight and her fawn, completely ate the fawn and most of the doe. I knew something was wrong and by the looks of the one shed door I got here just in time. She sure is mad after all that work and she came up empty, another couple minutes she would have torn thru your gut like she did the doe" So what I am saying is that [b]while all dog owners beleive their dog is good and maybe needs retraining a dog this size can be deadly for people and not just other peoples pets.I never was bitten but one bite on the throat or back of my neck would have been all needed for a quick easy kill for her. I worked for this woman part time for a couple years after that and she never let me go back to the house unless the dog was locked indoors even though I was 25-30 lbs heavier over that period. She thought something may have imprinted about me and still could be a problem A dog that bites members of its household is a danger to strangers for what ever the reason, A dog half this size is no different. And must not be tolerated in the least t
Wow and that sounds like it's right out of movie is all I can manage to say to the poster above me. A dog that not only can take down the deer but eat her AND the baby? Wow again. Guess it's a good thing your boss got to that shed in time WHEW!!!
"A dog that not only can take down the deer but eat her AND the baby? Wow again. Guess it's a good thing your boss got to that shed in time WHEW!!!" Scout 1 , To b e fair she didn't eat the doe, rather gutted it, but she did eat the fawn. I saw my old boss 1 1/2 years ago in a supermarket where I now live 125 miles south of her old restaurant. She's 80 years old, retired and moved down here to be near a niece. She's still quite a character with a sharp mind and I admire that she owned and worked a restaurant, Apple and later a pumpkin farm on her own after her husband passed long before I worked for her. I have dined with her and her niece at her home & out to dinner a couple of times, I've kidded her asking if she has any 200+lb dogs at home. She didn't. 36 years since that happened and it still is the worst scare of my life. I'm 50 now and 6'4" 225lbs. I've owned a couple big shepards and even a jack russell. I was never as intimidated by anything as I was that Mastiff. I mentioned to the niece ,"This is the woman who saved my life" and the niece said. "We didn't stay at her farm as kids because my mom was always worried about that dog". I told her that her Aunt never said she was a gentile dog, she told me it was a guard dog and would go after anything that moved in the fenced area." Her Aunt chimed in "That's true that's what she was there for! I just left that gate unlatched" At dusk and again in the early morning she let the dog roam the property cleared of people and she got a few white tail fawn and a doe or two in her life. A few years later she said another worker picking apples was chased by the dog only this boy ran clear off the property even though the now old dog stopped chasing him after about 100feet. An unlatched fence again, as Boss was there picking too. "He was a skinny fella wearing brown too. I tell ya she thought you boys were young deer, she was too old to catch that fella, but you were already caught,she just had to get the box open!" we all laughed, what a character she is. that mastiff never bit a person, certainly not her owner though there were some close calls.(Too close for me).The owner had her for a purpose (kind of like a junk yard dog) knew what she had and everyone was made aware of the danger Fair enough. [b]Now what is very disturbing to me is that The owners in the above thread have them as pets and are getting bitten. I realize the thread is a couple years old . i'd like to know what has happened since. , I think that they should realize when to use reason over emotional attachment.