Hello. We have what we believe is a husky/collie mix, we have had him for 2 years and got him from a lady who rescues dogs. We were told he was a husky/healer mix, but have found that this is not true. He has always been very fearful and a little aggressive, attacking the cats and a real biter. We took him to a trainer who told us that he could not be in a real class because he was too aggressive and she could do private lessons that were so expensive. We had him fixed and it got a little better, but the issue is now that he is fine with us, but very aggressive towards other people and will bite without provoking. We have to cage him when anyone is over and can't have the kids friends over very much because it's too stressful. He has nipped at my youngest son twice while running, but not attacked him.
He steals things off the table and counter and still chases the cats, also gets into the garbage. When we first got him we had more time, but have less now due to our jobs.
We don't know what to do, we are on the fence about keeping him, although right now we don't think it's fair that we do since we can't properly care for him, we do walk him, but we don't think it's as often as the collie in him requires. Just the fear of him biting someone is very scary to us.
Should we try to give him to a private owner disclosing his issues? Or should we just put him down? This is agonizing for us, because before this we had a dog for 3 years that would not house train and we spend thousands trying to fix it, we ended up giving her away. Then we got a cat that peed everywhere and pooped all over the house and spent hundreds trying to fix it, and had to give him away...we just don't have much luck it seems, or are just crappy pet owners.
Sorry this is so long, any advice would be nice...just don't be mean please.
Since you acquired your dog from a rescue, he came with behaviour issues already, (you said he was scared when you got him). I don't know if he was abused or neglected, but at the very least, it sounds like he was neither socialized properly to people, children, or other pets. It takes a lot of time, patience and hard work to rehabilitate some rescues. If he is indeed a Husky, Collie mixed breed, he also needs miles of running every day. It sounds like your combined jobs do not allow for the proper amount of time and attention to be given to the dog. If he has nipped at your youngest child, he is not safe to keep in your household. My advice is to contact a rescue and tell them that you cannot deal with this dog's agression,don't have the time and resources to do so; and hope there is someone willing to take him on. If you are to purchase another pet I would think long and hard about what the breed requires as far as your time and attention goes. I hope you don't have him put to sleep, but make a good effort to have him placed in a different home. Good luck with him.
Thank you for the reply. When we first got him we did have the time, but things changed and although there is always someone home with him, we don't always have the time to walk like we should.
We were told by a trainer that he had "fear aggression", which I had never heard of. The trainer said he would be hard to break, but it was possible, we were looking more for a dog that was low maintanance.
We will not have another dog. We have now had two dogs with behavior issues and a cat with behavior issues, either we are just bad at this or we are just very unlucky. We feel we do our research and it still backfires. I just feel like I've failed him and it's a horrible feeling. We tried to contact the breeder, but she won't take him back and said it was our fault he was this way.
We currently have two cats that we have raised from kittens, and that is all we are meant to have I guess.
I'm afraid that if we go to our local humane society they will put him down, should I just put an add up and disclose everything?
you first said you go him from a lady who rescues, and now you are saying a breeder. Which is it, and how old was he when you got him. Both husky's and collies are not known for fear aggression, and are working dogs. Most rescues would not deal with an agressive dog, and the humane society will just put him down. It is extremely hard to deal with a fear aggressive or any aggressive dog. You can work through it, but it never goes away.
I did find a home for a fear aggressive Aussie, but he wasn't a big biter. He would give a warning nip first. The people who got him love him to death, and like the fact he is very weary of strangers and makes his wife feel secure. I feel it was amazing to find an owner who loves him.
You could try gving him away for free, and let the owners know everything up front. Good luck, and I know how hard it is to be in your shoes.
Depending on which story is true (whether he came from a rescue or a breeder) will be what your options are with him.
If he came from a breeder,a s your second post said....you wont be getting that person to take him back. If they were breeding mixed breed dogs, they likely are not deicared enough to the puppies they produce to have a return policy.
If he came from a rescue, as your first post said, usually rescues will take back any dog they placed. Though since he is the way he is now, may decrease his chances of being placed.
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Let me clarify, because I didn't really know there was a difference. The lady we got him from rescued his mom from a home in which she was abused and neglected, and she in turn gave birth to two puppies, one of which was the dog we have.
We had noticed since we got him he was scared of everything, the dark, noises, metal, toilet paper, everything, we tried to work through it, but quite frankly didn't know what it was until he was older and was told he had the fear aggression.
The "lady" will not take him back and says it is our fault. We do not blame her and believe he may have just been that way, you know just wired that way. And we, I guess being novice dog owners, did what we thought was right, just thought he was a normal dog and did normal things and then it just got worse. He's also very nervous and has been since day one.
We do have to get rid of him now, and it sucks and honestly we will probably never own a dog again, because this is the second dog we have had that has had an unfixable problem. It's too heartbreaking.
We are afraid if we try the classified that he may get hurt, or hurt someone and we just don't want that.
I take full responsibility for this, and i'm sorry I used the words "breeder" and "rescue" so interchangeably...again, I didn't know.
I guess more than advice i'm just looking for support. I know my options, I know the right thing to do...I just hate that it has come to this.
It seems to me that what you are looking for is someone to back you up and advise you to do what you already decided to do. well, let me advise you some thing that probably no one will, but I believe is your only viable and responsible option.
Take that poor dog to your nearest vet and humanely put it down. Giving him up to the shelter would mean that there is a chance they will just rehome him to an unsuspecting family, where he could do real damage. If you place him for an adoption yourself, you will just pass the problems along with the dog to another family. The "fully disclosing" part is just to ease your conscious and relive you from liability, but it won't change the outcome. Beside, if you will truly and fully disclose your dog's problems, no sane person would want him.
what ever you will be doing with the dog, he will just become someones else's problem that will eventually cost him his life any way. At least if you will do it yourself, you will spare others the nightmare and grief you went through.
so go and do the right thing for everyone, most of all for your dog, and set up an appointment with your vet ASAP and.
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I wouldn't take him to a shelter, give him the love of putting him down yourselves. If you tried to rehome him, you have to full disclose his issues. It is always worth a try, and if no one is interested take him to your vet, and hold him as he passes on.
If this is your second dog with problems, consider what you could be doing wrong. It is where they are comming from, or the training in which you are providing. This guy could be hard wired by bad breeding due to the abusive owner. Alot of socialization could have made a difference. When he was a baby, did you all take him everywhere and expose him to everything you could? I know of my aussies, you have to do that or they could become nasty to strangers, as they are protecting their family.
What about obediance training, and classes? How many did you attend, and where? Basic obediance is a wonderful start for a new pup, and even if you can do it yourself, a class is always recommended, as it get the pup out and about. Nothing and no one is ever perfect, but their is alot of helpful information out their.
As much as I am for rescuing and shelter dogs, they can and usually come with baggage. As an owner you have to be prepared for that baggage, and know who to train around it. Back yard and puppy mill breeders and also provide puppies and dog with baggage, and other issues unknown to them or a buyer. It just comes from not breeding correctly, and knowing the ins and outs of sire and dam.
Good luck, and I hope you all can come away from this with a different perspective. Always have a contract from any rescue or breeder saying they will take the dog back if their are problems. Otherwise they are not a real rescue, or they are not a responsible breeder.