My 6 yr old chihuahua mix is from a horrible puppy farm, he was a poop eater and hated the kids as a puppy. It took a year and vitamins to get him to stop. He would actually hold it until he was alone.
He has separation anxiety and must be crated or put in our small sun room with his bed and food and toys. He gets so frustrated when he hears me leave that he rips up his blankets and toys and will not be pacified even with treats or small amounts of table scraps. He will wolf them down and resume his tirade.
He has seizures, always has. He can have no artificial coloring or corn and there are only a few brands of food that he will and can eat.
He is slightly overweight and his food aggression comes back from time to time, even with me.
He no longer sleeps with me. He sleeps alone in the sun room (calmly) as he will not leave the bed to poop or pee. jumps back in still going.
He is getting worse. Our groomer refuses to bathe or do his nails. I have a hard time buying muzzles and he gets out of them quickly.
Before kids I had Doberman's as well as Pitties and they had absolutely none of these behaviors. He is dangerous to children and strangers, will jump on furniture and dive at them.
I accepted the fact that he is a one person dog (he was my daughters gift when I was gravely sick 6 yrs ago) she wasn't old enough and to be honest, he hates the kids. They sneak him food just to touch him and he constantly growls and nips them sometimes.
He screams and becomes violent when anyone comes or goes. He stays in "bed" in the sun room much of the time. Nothing seems to work. We have been trying to show him he is not alpha for three long years and the kids have actually gotten pretty good at instructing guests before they enter to not look at or acknowledge the dog but when he sneaks up and barks and someone jumps or gasps he will still bite....or snap and put himself to bed. If I step out to the garage and forget to bring him (it must be me..no one else does he allow to usher him in and out) he poops somewhere inappropriate or pees and then runs to the door doing his "separation anxiety" song and dance.
He is miserable, in a constant war for alpha and I am giving up. I can still bathe him pretty well, but I can no longer cut his nails, I gave up after an hour in tears tonight ...He dove at my face, snapped the muzzle and when I tried to use soft "tender tape" to stretch around his muzzle, he kept trying to bite me.
This aggression toward me is getting worse. I am not afraid, I hold him in a safe manner and stroke him because if he gets too upset he will go into seizures. Soon he is my little buddy again.
I do not have the money to sedate him, or get another trainer, his nails must be done soon. I have tried every trick in the book, it has been 6 yrs and he gets worse every day. He cries tears after he has been bad and put up. If he could change I think he would. I believe in my heart he wants to be a good dog. He uses a pad when he can't go out and during the night (he has never been able to go all night and taking water up he would wake me panting).
He has had 3 thorough exams by 3 vets besides routine stuff and they all say he is basically healthy. I do know he is fro several generations of inbreeding, that his close relatives (we know who got most of the dogs from this mill, my brother got the father and he is so aggressive he must live 9/10 of his life in a dog run crying for my brother...he has spent a fortune I do not have and like my lil Scrappy, gotten worse)
My husband has MS now and we are very short on money. Scrappy gets a skin disorder all Winter starting while it's still warm in October that was diagnosed as ringworm but no meds resolve it, he will end up on antibiotics and his entire coat will fall out... unless I give him daily every other day baths in an anti fungal shampoo and then condition with tea tree oil or even skin so soft. By Feb or March he is resolved and his skin and coat are perfect (it only shows up under UV if it gets out of hand....ugh nothing prevents it and everything in the house and all his beds and things are washed twice weekly in bleach...
I doubt very seriously that Scrappy would ever be taken care of or bond with someone else. I was in the hospital for two weeks and he quit eating and was at the vets on IV's. he began eating immediately when I got to him.
I can't take much more. The latest vet knows my financial issues and stated he would never recommend him for adoption but that if the aggression keeps getting worse the humane thing to do is to have him put down.
I need advice quickly :( The kids would love a puppy but Scrappy would kill it. He kills mice and frogs that come near me, the two very large Forever Foster lol cats we have were here since he was a pup. We can't foster anymore because of Scrappy's aggression.He either hurts the dog or gets hurt, or teaches it to be highly aggressive....these were older dogs too.
My son has developmental delays and is in normal first grade :) but his doctor said the sensory issues would improve with a dog, and there is no way I can house train and train a good, gentle dog with Scrappy. My heart is breaking, the rest of the family and even my friends actually hate him... what can I do???
Everyone says to put im don. But I love him .... strange as he makes my life so very stressful lol. Please advise...nails, puppy mill inbreeds, aggressive separation etc...