Long story short. We rescued Finley last December, he was almost 5 months old. From the beginning, he had agression issues w/ my kids (ages 2, 5 & 6), expecially my 5 yr old. He actually nipped the younger two. I brought him to our local kennal club for some training & he snapped at the trainer. Thats when she suggested behavioral training. So i went to one session & Finley snapped at him, when the trainer was trying to show him dominace. His aggression is so bad, we can't have anyone over to our house. My niece was babysitting last week. He's met her plenty of times & out of nowhere he was vicisouly growling, showing his teeth & barking at her. The list goes on./QUOTE]
Here ya go selzer:
Exactly, I have not heard of a bite yet. A few snapping incidents, growling and barking.
The nipping of the kids, well, from the beginning he had aggression issues, especially the 5 year old, he nipped them. Well I have a couple of 5 month olds right now that might nip a kid, so far they haven't, but they have me, nipped, I just have to remind them to be gentle, and they are, but a rescued pup might have had to learn that he can't herd the children, etc.
I guess I need to know what the OP's definition of a nip is, was this puppy mouthing? Was their blood or bruising. Was it on the hands, legs, or on the face/neck.
I mean, they managed the dog for the past year almost. It is now, what, 15 months old? What happened between 5 and 15 months old, are things getting better with the in-home kids or worse? The pup might be getting its adult temperament in right now, and what is going on with the niece? Was the niece yelling at the kids? Do we know?
I agree if the vet knows of someone who can manage physical and training then ask her about it, think very carefully about it. As for rescues or shelters, I don't think the pup has a chance.
If someone had the dog for 3 weeks, I would say, yeah, there are a lot of dogs out there without all the extra baggage that might be put down for nothing. But these people already have the dog as a pet, it isn't so easy to order PTS on him.