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04-16-2014 06:11 PM
McM 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.
04-15-2014 09:38 PM
Chip18 I have to jump on the return/re-home band wagon also, before anything happens. Home with no kids or older children might be best.
04-15-2014 09:30 PM
wyominggrandma My husbands nephew lost half his nose, lips and part of his face when bitten by a Dalmation at a friends house. He is healed now, but deathly afraid of dogs of any kind.
This was a family dog, but after the attack, found out he had growled and lunged at other kids, but the family ignored it. Once the dog chewed on the nephews face, they euthanized him. The family was going to rehome him without telling about the attack, but his mom found out and raised heck.
Dogs that have given a warning or possibly a "nip" around young kids needs to be returned immediately
04-15-2014 05:41 PM
jocoyn I think for most of us the issue is the age and vulnerability of these children. It is a lot to ask but they know nothing about the skeletons in this dog's closet and the children are very young....If it were not for that, I would say "work through it" but one bite can cause a lot of damage and disfigurement to a young child and it can happen in a heartbeat.

Right now the dog has bitten no one and may be a good candidate in a home better equipped to evaluate and work through its issues. If it turns around and bites someone under stress, then its all over.
04-15-2014 04:20 PM
Cara Fusinato Is there any possible way the dog just doesn't know who his people are yet? I mean, don't put the kids at risk in any way, but can there be a way to give him a little more time to understand THIS is his new home, he is safe and protected, and THESE are his people? We ask an awful lot of a rescue with losing a home, being in a shelter setting, going with strangers, changing all rules & food from former habits and routines, and then we instantly expect them them to know and love all members of a family and all their friends that troop in to see the new dog. It's a lot fast. Again, do not in any way risk the kids, but perhaps using crates, gates, leashes, the dog could be given some time to understand the household before being judged? For emphasis, AGAIN I am saying do not put the children within reach until it is clear the dog understands and accepts them or the dog is placed in another life situation. I'm just wondering how confused the dog might be. I have had rescues bark at me/husband and one even bite me the day of arrival never to happen again to me or anyone else.
04-15-2014 03:23 PM
Oisin's Aoire
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Those probably were the owners that dumped him and most likely because he either threatened or bit their kids. Of course they will not say that because the pound would most likely euthanize him.
Take him back and keep looking. This dog is already showing wanting to growl, snarl and jump threatening at your kids, possibly even biting your daughter.. Don't want your next post to be one of "my dog attacked my child."

I agree with Grandma's assessment.

I want to compliment you on being willing to spend money and effort and emotions on saving a dog. I did that with a train wreck rescue , but kid aggression was not one of her issues. My kids are 3 , 5 , and 7..I would not risk it personally. As you know it is impossible to always keep an eye on multiple kids and a dog . I don't like the sound of raised hackles and lunges. It sounds too scary to me. You may work with a trainer , and the behavior can suddenly rear its a head down the line.

Sorry , I know how you feel about your rescue , but for me instant unprovoked kid aggression out of a new adult addition to the household would have me returning him immediately.
04-15-2014 03:01 PM
Liesje What do the kids think? If they are in ANY way afraid or nervous of the dog, I would return him now. No harsh feelings, you did a good thing giving a rescue dog a chance but there's just no way to predict what they've been exposed to or how they will react in a new situation. Chances are he might be a fine dog that will be OK eventually but young kids make poor guinea pigs when it comes to behavioral modification, too much at stake here.
04-15-2014 01:44 PM
Stevenzachsmom I am sorry for the dog. Perhaps he would be fine in an adult only home - but that is not your home. Personally, I do like the two week shut down. In your case, however, I believe the risk is too great. Kids always come first. Hopefully, the rescue can pull him, find a foster without kids and adopt him into a home without kids.
04-15-2014 01:39 PM
misslesleedavis1 Follow your gut. The dog needs rehab, he is not ready.

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04-15-2014 01:33 PM
wyominggrandma Those probably were the owners that dumped him and most likely because he either threatened or bit their kids. Of course they will not say that because the pound would most likely euthanize him.
Take him back and keep looking. This dog is already showing wanting to growl, snarl and jump threatening at your kids, possibly even biting your daughter.. Don't want your next post to be one of "my dog attacked my child."
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