I have a dog that I bought from the humane society about 5 months ago. He is now about one year and 3 months old. This is the first dog I have ever owned. He is perfect outside of my house, however he has some aggression issues. He has bit myself and my girlfriend before. I am not sure if I should put him down or try and get him some more training.
the shelter only told us that he was food and fear aggressive. when he bit me I had had him for about a month or so. I made him sit in the kitchen while i put his food out in another room. i came back into the kitchen to pet him for a second, like I normally do, and then he attacked me. I didnt really consider it a bite because he just nicked me with his tooth, but if I hadn't moved it certainly would have been.
the second and last time he bit me it was about 2 months ago. He got out of the house without wearing his collar. I finally caught him and had to grab him by the neck (he is a 65-70lbs. dog so I didnt feel like carrying him for 2 blocks). He then twirled his head out of my grasp and bit me all in the same motion. I could understand this bite because I was probably hurting him, but its still no excuse.
The third time he tried to bite my girlfriend. I was preparing the food in the kitchen and my girlfriend walked in the room to talk to me. Out of no where he attacked her trying to bite her arm and he did it twice on her arm. Luckily she was wearing a thick sweater so there was no marks or anything, but still it was scary. This happened about a month and a half ago (so i would have had him for about 4 months i believe) and this situation was not out of the ordinary.
Sorry if this sounds Shakespearean. As steward of a breed that has notoriety for dog aggression, I simply would not have a dog that bites. It is intolerable. In the 20 plus years that I have been a breeder, I have had only one man biter. I had her euthanized.
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Food aggression is a fairly common issue that can be worked on if you are willing. There is a TON of information on the internet about it along with ways of training it out of them.
Fear aggression is a much more difficult behavior to work with. Fear boters are the worst. They are very unpredictable about when it is they are going to bite you or someone else. When my DH and I first met he had a dog who was a fear biter. My husband was the only person whom he would not bite. Everyone else was fair game, including me, and his nieces and nephews who lived with him at the time. Neither one of us at the time knew anything about fear aggression or how to work with a dog like that. Because I had been with my husbnd for so long before we got married he eventually trusted me. We just basically told everyone to stay away and ignore him. Don't try to make friends with him or pet him. He was fine with that and basically stayed away from visitors unless they were people he had known a long time. I don't know if he was like that when my husband adopted him or if his environment made him that way. I witnessed on more than 1 occasion his nieces and nephews chasing him with brooms and his brother later confessed, years down the line, that he had beaten him with a wooden spoon once for having an accident in the house. I always knew his brother had to have done something to him because Chubbs was violently viscious any time Joe would walk in the house. Euthanasia was never even considered, we just worked around his issue. Had he been biting us on a frequent basis, I don't know if we would have chosen to euthanize him. I do know that I would never euthanize a dog until I had exhausted every possible chance of working with the dog, so I am sure we would have done something back then if that were the case.
I'm sure feeding time provokes a cetain amount of anxiety for you since his bites seem to be infrequent enough that you never know when he will strike. Also i am not sure how commited you are to trying with him. I would at the very least at this time either start feeding him his kibble, by hand, one piece at a time for awhile, or feed him in a crate, until you consult a trainer one on one for some help.
If you are leaning towards not dealing with it, then morally I couldn't give a dog away that I knew was like this. I also do not think it would be a wise idea to return him to the shelter you got him from. A dog like this should not have been adopted to anyone until these issues had been resolved. Sometimes an issue can be resolved in a shelter environment but when a dog goes to a new home, he has to test his new owners also just to see what he can get away with and what he cannot. At least they were forthcoming with you but even still this dog should not have been placed with someone who does not know just how to deal with these issues. It is not fair to you or the dog.
The two breeds together are prob. a little of a bad mix. They both are aggressive dogs to a point...but they are both loyal breeds too.. First ~ you do not mess with a dog when he's eating or sleeping.. and you can't make them fear you either! I truly believe that a dog can tell..you fear them..That is a no-no! You have to let your dog know you are the boss.. A dog can tell more about a person then a human can! If they don't like someone..it's for a reason! Dogs have good since of judgement. I have a Old English Bulldog...He has bitten someone before..but I'm not gonna kill him because of it! Dogs are loyal and every (protective) and (territorial)...He bites it prob. because of one of the ones reasons I posted! I see my dog wanna bite people..but people can come into my house that he's never seen before and not do anything at all to them..Wonder why..cause he trust them! Example: he tried to bite my nephew..didn't understand why...two weeks later he came over and stole 100.00 off of me and lied about doing it..a friend told on him! A dog knows what people are about! I think dogs bite for a reason.. Some reason might be hard to see and some are wrong but in their eyes it's not! You have to work w/ them on it all the time! Watch show's on how they train dogs!