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03-20-2014 12:58 AM
llombardo I personally have not met a Great Dane yet that isn't dog aggressive, they are the least trusted dog on my list. I will walk the other way when I see one. We have a few where I train and I see the same behavior, they are of full grown size not age. Grown men can't handle them. In this case I agree that the dog is older and finding a home with no other dogs is the best thing to do. I have never met a Great Dane that didn't love people.
03-20-2014 12:30 AM
Originally Posted by Konotashi View Post
She's one of the dog owners that would be slapped with the biggest, fattest, reddest "irresponsible" label.

If I were in your position I'd just wash my hands of it. Getting involved with that situation sounds like an exercise in frustration and futility.

03-19-2014 10:58 PM
Konotashi She's one of the dog owners that would be slapped with the biggest, fattest, reddest "irresponsible" label.

She won't crate/rotate. I know her. She just won't do it.

My mom sent me a text a little bit ago after she talked to the dog's owner. Apparently this is the second dog that he's killed.
03-19-2014 09:54 PM
selzer Shepherdmom, the difference in your story, is that you have bitches. The Dane was a bitch, and had some serious bitch-bitch aggression. The fellow had a dog. And the bitch probably kept the dog in line, not the other way around.

Your friend is a breeder, albeit a bad one, if she did not deliberately breed her dog. She needs to take her dog back. Dog-dog aggression is not something I would kill a dog for. I might choose not to breed a dog with that much dog aggression. But I would not euthanize it.

With danes they live 6-10 years. She can crate and rotate her dogs that long, or she can find a home for the dog that hasn't killed another dog.

You cannot force your buddy to do the responsible thing though. So I agree with Diane, tell her you can't help her, and let her figure it out on her own.

The dog is just a dog. Some are more aggressive than others, and some are capable of doing more damage. While not all dog fights that end without human interference do not leave dogs dead, when dogs fight, they aren't thinking, "Gee, I better stop now because I might kill this other dog if I don't." And they don't think, "This dog weighs 100 pounds less than me, I better treat it like a puppy." A feisty terrier walks up to a GD with his tail up and putting on a major attitude and his owner laughs and says, look at him, he's not afraid of that big dog.

But when a GD picks up the little bugger and gives it a shake, the GD is a bully, a killer, a monster, and should be put down.

People aggression, whether human failure or dog failure, I think you really have to consider euthanasia. Dog aggression, almost always is a human failure, and we should be able to do better on our management.

The answer is not always to euthanize the dog.
03-19-2014 09:34 PM
Chip18 I see dogs on rescue all the time that say single dog only. Not really a problem for the "right" owner single dog household.
03-19-2014 09:22 PM
Stosh I'm not sure that dog stand a chance if he's passed around and around. The whole situation sucks and is of her own making and the dogs will pay. Keep him away from Mr Oz
03-19-2014 08:39 PM
wolfy dog You can't fix dysfunction.
03-19-2014 08:18 PM
Konotashi She openly admitted that he flat out attacked the other dog. It wasn't an accident, as far as the fact he's just big goes.

And when he went to live with her ex husband, it was in the same house that the dog lived in for 6 or 7 years before they divorced.
03-19-2014 08:02 PM
shepherdmom We rescued a Great Dane. Didn't know it at the time but she turned out to be big time other dog aggressive, at least toward my females. After tearing into my Shepherd female we crated and rotated for a long time keeping her away from other dogs. Finally one day a friend with a male Great Dane met her and fell in love. It was a match made in heaven. The male Great Dane was big enough to keep her in line. She lived out her life with them never going after another dog. It was just my female dogs she didn't like.
03-19-2014 07:54 PM
Gretchen When I was younger I lived with two other young women, we all had dogs - a 10lb furry thing, my small lab mix and a Great Dane. The dogs were left alone and one day my roommate came home to find the Great Dane with the 10lb dog fully in its mouth, my roommate got to it in time, no injuries, but with even just a couple shakes could have killed the dog. The Dane was very gentle, not aggressive overall.

Danes don't live very long, maybe your friend could fully disclose the incident and allow someone to adopt the dog in a one dog household, let him have a good year or two in a nice home. It is frustrating however that your friend does not get any of the dogs fixed.
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