I'd like to know what you'd do and how you would do it in this case.
Brief background: My WGSD mix dog, Bailey, is the result of my son's dogs. (Mom, pb WGSD; Dad Husky mix.) Seven pups resulted from the litter. He sold four, I sold two.
I also have two other dogs beside Bailey in the house, two spayed females of different breeds, 8 and 4 years old. And a cat.
Yesterday I was told that a woman who took a white male from the litter cannot handle him anymore. She notified my son, to give him first notice, and said if he couldn't/wouldn't take him back, that she would have to take him to the shelter. (It is a kill shelter here.) The dog (Tucker) is 9-1/2 months old.
I called her today to get more info.
What she told me:
Tucker was put outdoors almost from the start. When he was allowed inside, he was wild and knocked things over, etc, so they allowed him inside less and less and then not at all. Many of the neighborhood kids come over and play with Tucker after school and he absolutely loves the attention but would knock smaller kids down because he was so excitable. She says he is very loving with all people. She did not do any training or exercise with him, other than walks. She attempted some walks on a harness, then switched to a pinch and said that was the only thing that kept her arm in the socket. She says he's had no dog interactions, other than those on walks, but he didn't seem bothered by barking dogs. He's good with their cat.
She admits she got in way over her head and didn't realize how much demanding work would be required. She has three children; 12, 7 and 18 months and does not have the time. She apologized repeatedly but made it clear she cannot do it anymore.
She said she brought Tucker indoors to sleep in a crate two weeks ago. Said he is happy to go in the crate and doesn't fuss at all. But in the morning, he's back outside.
Her yard is fenced, but he has jumped the fence numerous times, so they went with Invisible Fence.
She says any chance he gets to run, he's GONE. She said, "Oh, he makes it such a game when I chase him! He loves it!"
He is up to date on vaccinations. He's intact.
She was extremely apologetic but adament. She can't do it. Her vet advised her that he was a very sweet dog and would surely be easily adopted out, so that would be her best option since she knows she can't provide what the dog needs.
I am strongly considering taking Tucker, working with him as best I can, and trying to re-home him. I am going to go meet him tomorrow or Friday.
I have zero idea how to do this. Bailey takes so much of my time. What if they don't get along? (I'm not at all worried about Bailey - he'll be thrilled beyond his wildest dreams, but I don't know about Tucker.) How do I housetrain a 9 month old (I'm thinking like you'd housetrain a pup), how do I DO THIS with Bailey and two other dogs in my house?
To me, bottom line, is this woman did the dog a major disservice, but I am appreciative that she's admitting it and giving us the chance to take him back, rather than just dropping him at the shelter.
I was there when this dog was born. He was "blue collar." He was almost the one I took home. Granted, I haven't seen him since he was 10 weeks old, so who KNOWS. But I feel a responsibility to this dog somehow. This dog could be my Bailey, if Bailey hadn't gotten the attention, exercise and training that he has.
This is tearing me up. My son doesn't want to help. (Please don't blast my son - I'm already angry enough for everyone.) Please don't bother blasting the current owner, as that won't do any good, either. (Although I had to BITE my tongue many times thru the conversation.)
WHAT would YOU do? Would you take him in? Would you let him go to the shelter and likely face being pts? If you say take him in, how would you begin to address the "crazy" behavior in the house? (I'm thinking go back to basics, tether him... but Bailey will be right there, getting the action amped up.)
I have to consider Bailey will get less time, less exercise, less training work because of another dog taking that away, but that's really what would happen, I think. Any way around that?
Here's Tucker -- horrible picture. I think he looks dirty and overweight. Hard to tell from this, though.