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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-14-2014, 09:18 PM Thread Starter
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Second Post Hello and Hope Not Goodbye

I'm been lurking here for a few week, but didn't post.

Today we adopted a pb 1.5-2 y.o. male GS from a local kennel. Beautiful dog.

My first post is in the "Aggression section" unfortunately.

I've learned a lot from here, and no matter what happens with this dog, I'll still lurk if nothing else.

A local pound had a pb GS that a local rescue org. referred us to. Male, 1.5-2 y.o.

Went to the pound, dog let me handle him anywhere w/ no issues. Face, paws, tails, very nice dog. I had my 3.5 y.o. with me and the dog was fine with him. We did the-foster-to-adopt paper work. Dog has been with me or wife all day and around the three kids 10,7,3.5.

Dog has separation anxiety and jumped on the window ledge when I went to get a crate and dog food. Wife said while I was gone he just chilled out with her and the 3.5 y.o. and was petted, etc.

An hour ago I was doing homework with the 10y.o. and the dog was leashed at my feet. My 7 y.o. daughter walked through the room and the dog raised up, lunged then growled, and my daughter either fell down or was knocked down by the dog and scraped her arm ( or god forbid was nipped). All this happened in literally .5 seconds behind me. Dog was immediately contrite and remorseful.

Ten minutes later he raised and growled/barked at my 10 y.o. son as my son was leaving the room.

Any thoughts ? Any chance to redeem the dog, or go with my gut and take him back to the pound? See if I can get a GS kennel near by to temperament test the dog?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-14-2014, 09:31 PM
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Wow, I'm not sure what to tell you. I'm not sure I would risk my children to a dog that acts that way.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-14-2014, 09:37 PM
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Welcome to the forum. I would search for topics on NILF and 2 week shutdown. You can google both of them as well.

It is a tough position you are in. I don't envy it. I would be contacting a trainer ASAP, not letting the dog near the kids, and thinking if returning to shelter. Your kids safety is paramount, but this dog has had zero time to adjust. If you cannot be sure that you can manage the dog 100% of the time, until you get some professional help, then I would return the dog.

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I'd definitely return. You haven't bonded with the dog yet and it isn't worth the risk at all. 110% return. The dog could do good in a other situation but not a good fit for you.
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Since you have little kids, I would go back to the pound and tell them it isn't working out, and the dog probably needs to be placed with someone more experienced or without children.

The longer you keep the dog, the harder it will be on everyone. And it can be dangerous too.

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I'd go with your gut, not worth risking your children's safety, sorry.
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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-15-2014, 12:56 AM
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Take hi back. He will find a home with someone who does not have kids. Get a puppy that you can raise around your children.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-15-2014, 02:54 AM
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Both incidents occurred with someone entering/leaving the room. I just wanted to mention that as it may not be the children that trigger the aggression but some sort of territory issue. Are there any good behaviorists or trainers in your area?
I do think that he is probably not a good fit and you should return him to the shelter. It may sound harsh but if he did bite, he won't be adoptable.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-16-2014, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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The dog was returned to the kennel. They are well aware of all the great things nad the bad stuff of the past few days. The dog going to a GS specific rescue. I think they said in Geagua, Ohio.

We are looking at spring or summer litters at a few breeders.

Thank you all for your help, and I look forward to reading and learning even more here.
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I'm sorry he didn't work out. It has to be very disappointing when you try to do the right thing and rescue but it doesn't work out.

I used to do foster care, haven't since my children were born. I can't take the risk, I've work with too many dogs who seemed stable at first but had this same territorial aggression. Won't run the risk on my children.


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