My dog is going on 3 yrs old Hes a German shepherd pit bull mix. We got him when he was 8 weeks from a friend, he showed signs of food aggression then but that seem to be an easy fix once he got use to the house, when he was around 1 to 2 yrs old he bit my 17 yr old on 2 different occasions on her hand because she tried to pick up garbage off the floor like paper., last December he bit my 19yr old because he got into the garbage and she tried to pick it up we had to take her to the emergency room, she was fine but still has scars, this past summer he bit my 21 yr old son over paper towel he tried taking off the table, I was told by a few people at the spca and a vets office it sounds like a possessive aggressive behavior, we keep things away from him as much as we can we tried being calmer in the house since him and my Yorkie also will get in fights if we’re loud which is hard when I have four teenage kids, when he has bitten it’s not a warning bite he actually gets in like an attack mode it’s very scary, this most recent was myself on Christmas Day he gave me a bite when I tried putting pjs on him, I pulled away walked back and left it alone he stared at me and then lunged and grabbed my hand, I refused to go to the emergency even though it was bad I was afraid they would take him, besides this behavior he is the most sweetest loving boy, the spca would put him down and I know in my heart regardless of the bites he shouldn’t be I don’t know what else to do, I’m afraid now because he’s unpredictable I feel like I hover when he’s around anyone just in case I feel it’s his environment that’s causing this and I have tried to change as much as we can as a family…. Help please
I am so sorry for the concerns with your dog. I hope you are okay after he bit you. Have you tried talking to or contacting a dog behavior specialist? Or a dog trainer? What has your vet said about the behaviors?
I feel so bad for you and your family. I am going through a similar situation with a 2+ Yr German shepherd/Bull Terrier dog we fostered and then adopted a year ago. This guy is so lovable, but he is impulsive. Two months ago he started getting possessive over my husband and has bitten me 3 times, always when my husband is near. My husband says it’s just his way of ‘kissing’, but I am apprehensive to be near him and don’t want to walk him alone anymore. We have a dog behaviorist which has helped quite a bit, but it hasn’t solved everything. He said toys are controlled by us and only one at a time when dogs are separated, separate him at food time or trigger moments, and 4 on the floor- no more sofa cuddles (for the dog or me). We have baby gates everywhere to keep me safe in case he decides to snap at me.
Yesterday, I asked the veterinary office if I could make an appointment for medication to help his impulsive biting, and while she did her best to hide it, I could see the judgement and I instantly felt ashamed. I agreed to talk to the behaviorist and ask him if the dog could be helped with meds, but I feel stuck. We can’t in good conscience try to find a home for him with a biting history, and after all, the bites are just bruises and scrapes. But with his impulsive control problems, I worry it can get much worse.AuthorPostsViewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total)
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