|11-12-2013 06:33 PM|
|08-31-2013 06:53 PM|
If you find in your heart that the best case is to put the dog down, then take him to the vet. Don't shoot him. For one thing IT IS NOT THE DOG'S FAULT. This does not mean it is your fault. It is not. If the dog is wired wrong, than it is wired wrong, and no amount of love or structure or training will make a difference, and no amount of loving you on the dog's part will make a difference. It is not the dog's fault it is simply nature, a serious fault, like bad hips or a disease like MegE, it is not the dog's fault that his mental make up is not right or diseased.
And I really do not have the same problem that most people about shooting a dog as a form of euthanasia, so long as you know how to do it, so that the dog doesn't even know what hit him. But I think that for your own peace of mind, take him to the vet, and have them sedate him. It will be much easier on you and on your kids, to know that you put him down painlessly at the vet.
I am not saying that the dog is wired wrong. I haven't seen the dog, and even if I did, I wouldn't claim to make that decision in 10 minutes or 10 days. The dog has lived with you and you are the person who knows your dog best. Perhaps a person who is very experienced with aggression and working dogs might be able to assess this dog better, I really don't know.
I just don't like the attitude that if a dog bites a child he should be shot. If a human being who is raised in any culture and provided with a conscience and set of morals by whatever society he is a member deliberately does serious damage to a child, we should shoot him. But dogs are not human beings. They do not have consciences (yes they can look guilty -- nothing to do with it), and they are not bound by a human set of intelligence or morals. It should not be about punishment with a dog.
In the old days, a dog would be shot because that is how you would put down a beast that was in pain. You would shoot your horse, or your dog, to put it out of its pain. Now we have a better way to do that.
|08-31-2013 02:05 PM|
|Blanketback||Maybe if you post in the transportation forum you'll find help there? There's definitely 2 schools of thought on whether or not a dog is sound if it will bite children. Because of my past experience with a dog like this, I know that they're capable of being wonderful companion dogs - just not in a home with kids. For people like me without children, it's no trouble at all because without that trigger you'd never even know the dog had any issues. Good luck.|
|08-31-2013 01:21 PM|
Have read the thread now! I would do what you think is best and not what anyone else says. If Packman can work with the dog then give it a chance. What is lost? You have checked his references, no? The dog has a problem around children. My first dog had this problem and he was strictly kept away from any children but I could do this since there were no children in my house.
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|08-31-2013 12:33 PM|
|Castlemaid||The right thing to do is rarely the easy thing to do. Have courage!|
|08-31-2013 10:21 AM|
I was raised that way. If a dog bit a child, it was put down by my dads bullet. I was always taught a dog should know the difference between a child and an adult, if it doesn't, then it has problems. I just hate that he was raised in love and is like this. Klina was raised in filth and no love, just a box and she is amazing. She has hip problems and can hardly put on weight but she adores kids! I am stepping away for a bit. I know what needs to be done. At least I think for the most part its what needs to be done. Especially when I have GSD trainers telling me what needs to be done. I just hate the thought of doing it. It hurts.
|08-31-2013 03:36 AM|
Again, sorry you're going through this. Take a few days away from this thread.... it'll help to get your thoughts and emotions straight and no outside influence. Good luck to you and your family.
|08-31-2013 01:41 AM|
Here is my opinion, you can take it for what is worth, step away from the board for a bit. Cal your vet tomorrow and make the appointment and arrangements to put the dog down. He is a threat to children, if my dog bit my child, there wouldn't be a thread, I would put the bullet in my own dog's head.
You cannot manage him and in the back of your mind, you cannot reconcile him to another family where the same might happen. I will not judge you for your decision and those that do - to heck with them. You live with the dog, his quality of life is compromised, you and your family are compromised. Release him from the demons, let him run free at the bridge. You did everything you could and in good conscience cannot allow him to do the same in another's hands. He suffers as you do. The responsible thing is let him go. YOU have done everything you can, do not second-guess yourself. You can adopt him out and months from now read his "dog's we lost" thread. There are exceptions to every rule, but this, it is not one of them. Release him, spare a rescue, adopter or HS the pain, you owe it to him.
|08-30-2013 11:31 PM|
|vjt555||I have not read through this post. I have been off the board for a few weeks due to sickness. You need to be very careful on who takes him as dog fighters prowl these websites and this dog would be targeted.|
|08-30-2013 11:20 PM|
Yea, this thread has gotten way out of hand. Ive pretty much given up on the packman idea everyone. There is no way I can get Ruger to Tennessee.
So Im back at square one.
I can't keep a dog that I have to make sure doesn't attack kids, when I have 2 boys that have family and friends over daily. I cant keep locking Ruger in his little box or putting him outside all the time. The only time he's really able to be around us is for about an hour in the morning and at night when we come in to eat and shower and go to bed(unless someone is staying the night).
I don't know whats gonna happen at this point..............
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