|04-25-2014 10:42 PM|
As for the lady and her husband,I'm very very pleased that they are recovering physically and emotionally!!!!!!!
|04-25-2014 12:11 PM|
I really like Freestep's post...
I made this thread http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...y-snapped.html and was surprised in that the OP isn't really alone...although the thread did ask specifically for a dog that 'snapped'...I think most of the dogs were PTS.
|04-25-2014 11:41 AM|
If you think a dog should get a "second chance" after such a violent attack, I shudder to think what a dog has to do to convince you that a second chance is not appropriate.
I feel a great deal of sympathy for the OP--this is an awful situation all the way around. Guilt, remorse, anger, sadness, pain, the irony of it all. Yeah, I've been there. I'm very glad that the dog was able to go back to the trainer, and you didn't have another dilemma of what to do with the dog after this happened.
Hope your wife heals well and that you will be able to move forward. This is certainly not normal GSD behavior.
If I may be so bold as to postulate a theory, this may be helpful if you get a older dog in the future. You mention you had this dog about a week and he was already going everywhere with you, sleeping with you, meeting new people and other dogs, etc.
It takes most dogs about 2-3 weeks to settle into a new home. During this time, they may be on their best behavior because they do not perceive this place as "theirs" yet. However, the behavior may change once they become settled and begin to claim the new home as their territory. What they have been allowed to do in that first acclimatization period may affect their perception of where their place is in the pack. If they are immediately allowed full run and to do as they please, with no rules or boundaries, they may believe that they are the new King. They may claim a certain person as "theirs", and attempt to keep everyone else away, as though that person is a delicious bone that they want to keep. We call this "resource guarding". Perhaps, when your wife suddenly scooted closer to you, the dog thought his resource (you) was being threatened, and he wanted to defend it. This is NOT the same thing as being "protective".
What many dog-savvy folks do when an adult dog comes into the home, is a "two week shutdown". The dog is kept crated or kenneled ALL the time, and only let out under the human's direct supervision and interaction for the first two weeks. Introductions are done gradually and the dog is not to leave the house (except for leashed walks) or go on outings. During this time, temperament can be assessed, boundaries can be established, and rules can be set. Household privileges are gradually earned.
Anyway, I am not a professional trainer, and I haven't seen the dog myself nor was I there to witness the attack. My theory could be totally wrong in this case, it's just something that occurred to me, something to think about.
|04-25-2014 11:09 AM|
Always looking for updates on this thread...
|04-25-2014 03:03 AM|
|04-25-2014 01:09 AM|
Since you got past not shooting him...I would have given him a second chance with you new found knowledge.
|04-25-2014 12:55 AM|
|Nigel||This is too bad, sorry it turned out like this. I'm glad to hear your wife is doing better and that one day you'll welcome another GSD into your home.|
|04-25-2014 12:46 AM|
|Ellimaybel||I may be corny but I cried during this story. Not just for the injuries to your wife (who I am very happy to hear is doing well) but everything. The circumstances under which you got the dog, and what really killed me was your compassion and care for the dog. The fact that you never went over the line as my husband would have done and you hugged him and told him he was a good dog just tore my heart up. I am so very sorry that your family went through not just the physical pain, but the deep emotional pain that this caused.|
|04-25-2014 12:20 AM|
We have two other dogs (Labradors), both of which were in the room when the attack happened, though they were about asleep, as we all about were, it was 1100 PM when it happened. One of our dogs is dying from a liver problem, which is why we got the new dog in the first place. Well that, and he was a birthday present for my wife. Believe it or not.
We'll still get a new dog, but will hold off for a while until we all recover. We both grew up with German Shepherds, and have had several more since we've been married, so we're familiar with the breed, and this won't stop of from getting another.
Althouth this hasn't scared us off, we will definitely approach any new dog with great caution now, no matter what the breed, pedigree or references. I hate to say it, but a lesson learned is to not have complete faith in any dog until we grow to know it, no matter who the breeder or trainer is, and no matter what thier reputation may be. I also believe we will probably only raise a puppy now, just to improve the odds.
I've returned the dog to the trainer I acquired him from, which I did immediately after I got back from the hospital after the attack. It's such a shame too, as this was a nearly perfect dog. He was great with our other dogs and other people. We hiked together, we all rode in the truck together, all piled on top of one another. We all went in the pet stores, met the neighbors, played ball, went to dog parks, everyone loved him, petted him, he was always calm and everything was just perfect. No signs of aggression, no barking, growling, nothing at all to be concerned with. He was affectionate, happy, polite, smiley, just perfect until that night. And even then, during the attack, he was quiet; nothing but deliberate biting and tugging.
My wife is doing much better, we can definitely see some healing now. Thanks again for the thoughts and concern.
|04-24-2014 10:39 AM|
|blueangele||I am just curious, but what are you going to do with the dog? Are you going to have him PTS or give him back to the trainer? I feel horrible for your wife and I hope that she recovers fully!|
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