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Thread: ROSCOE, IL: "Canelo" - 10 m/o neutered male - URGENT RESCUE/HOME/TRAINING NEEDED ASAP Reply to Thread
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03-30-2014 01:59 PM
glowingtoadfly My girl used to get the mouthing zoomies pretty intensely. With play growls, and bruising. She was playing but it looked like aggression. We had her thyroid evaluated.
03-30-2014 01:54 PM
RebelGSD I suggest evaluating him by an experienced working dog trainer (not the average pet trainer). Some of the hard drive dogs can be extremely rough and mouthy, an have outbursts of mouthing zoomiee, which people can mistake for aggression. Or it could be a nerve issue. Without seeing the dog it is hard to say what it is.
03-30-2014 01:13 PM
Blanketback Thank you for trying to help this boy. What is the bite history? And what's with the unpredictability? This can either be a misinterpretation on your part, or a very serious issue - something nobody can say for sure without seeing the dog. But it sounds like it's very hard on you right now. I'm sorry things aren't working out for you with him, that sucks.
03-30-2014 01:10 PM
glowingtoadfly Could it be his thyroid? That can cause sudden outbursts of aggression.
03-30-2014 01:07 PM
kthibo I have been advised not to try to place this dog privately due to liability reasons. I have inquired several resuces but because he has bite history he is unlikely to be able to be accepted. He will not be returned to the previous owner. I am going to try to contact local police departments to see if he might be accepted to be put in their K9 Training Unit.
03-28-2014 02:22 AM
kthibo Here are some pictures of Canelo.
03-28-2014 02:15 AM
kthibo Oh, I know very well that he cannot possibly be adjusted to the new environment yet. I know it must all be very confusing for him, being in this strange place so different from his last home and seeing people so often. That I understand entirely. But whether or not his violent behavior stems from anxiety/stress due to the change of circumstances, the point remains the same: his outbursts are dangerous and I am not equipped to handle them. In a couple of weeks his behavior will probably improve, but to what degree...

Honestly, I believe this dog has definite aggression caused by lack of socialization and enforcement of rules and boundaries. If it were as simple as nipping, or any of the little house training needs, or even just mild aggression I would be willing to wait and work through his issues. But his outbursts are in no way docile and come at random. He could definitely inflict serious damage on someone. Other than myself, my father has spent the most time with him, he seems to really like him, then out of no where, whether he's touching him or not, the dog snaps and lunges and will try to bite. I can't simply keep him away from people and hope he gets better, lack of socialization doesn't improve with isolation (neither does sudden, overwhelming socialization either, I know), he warmed up to me within hours but I can't work quietly with even one other person because we will be progressing nicely, we're rewarding the good behavior and making it a positive experience, he's absolutely loving it, then he snaps. Or he doesn't. And then next time he does. He's unpredictable.

Like I said, I absolutely think his guy can be a wonderful dog. About 70% of the time he is. But for that other 30% he unpredictable and dangerous to a degree I was not prepared to deal with.

I don't at all regret taking him, the previous owner had planned to take him to a shelter where, I believe, he would have been soon after euthanized. But I cannot keep this dog.
03-27-2014 11:35 PM
llombardo
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I think that the puppy is really stressed out and acting out. Three days is nowhere near enough for a dog to adjust to a new environment. He would need exercise to burn off some of the energy and limited interactions with people and other animals so that he can de-stress. Please google "two week shutdown" which is recommended when bringing a new dog into the home.
Agreed.
03-27-2014 11:28 PM
RebelGSD I think that the puppy is really stressed out and acting out. Three days is nowhere near enough for a dog to adjust to a new environment. He would need exercise to burn off some of the energy and limited interactions with people and other animals so that he can de-stress. Please google "two week shutdown" which is recommended when bringing a new dog into the home.
03-27-2014 11:26 PM
llombardo Oh boy. Everything in the post screams not socialized and untrained. He doesn't know because he was never taught and because of human error(previous owner) this dog is in jeopardy of being put down . I would also like to see a picture if possible.
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