My wife and I rescued a pit mix from Manhattan, he is 3 years old, and his complete background is unknown, he had a little bit of aggression with being on his leash, but we were able to calm that down… When he gets excited during play he tends to nip really hard with his back teeth, we stopped tug of war play and only do fetch with multiple toys at a time… Now he is straight up charging us with barking, with no barring teeth or growling… The 3rd time doing it second time with me, he charged me hard trying to go for my face, but bit down on my chest, leaving huge bruising… I can’t trust him anymore, I can barely sleep, I can barely be home without my wife home… I end up putting him in a separate room away from me… I have never been bitten by a dog like that, I know there are extensive things that my wife and I can do to help with his aggression, we are tight on money, and we are moving back in with my parents in a different state, and they have a child in less than a month, we don’t know what to do or where to turn, we love him and we want the best for him, but neither of us can trust him anymore…. All 3 times he has charged us there hasnyt been anything common among the 3 different incidentsJanuary 22, 2020 at 5:15 pm #20983 in reply to: Unknown background, and no trust after being bitten
I’m sorry to hear this. I’ve been there. My Dobie who i had from a puppy bit my daughter in the face. We tried everything neutered him, medication. Also muzzle trained him. I was the only one he could be around without a muzzle. Then one day he went after me. I was at my wits end and ready to do behavioral euthanasia. Thankfully a friend stepped up and took him to foster for me. We did a fundraiser for training and he’s doing great. Honestly I know how you feel finances are rough for us too we’re moving and no way I could take him with us. So let me suggest these options. Return him to the shelter or rescue or Do a go fund me get him training and see a behaviorist try prozac and gabapentin. Rx aren’t too expense at Walmart 13 a month for prozac. Join the aggressive and reactive dog fb group and muzzle up pup fb group. If you’re gonna try to keep him he needs to be muzzled. Crate train him too. You need to be the boss putting him in another room won’t help he needs intervention. My daughter got 20 stitches on her face, we tried for 3 more months with him. Euthanasia was my last resort. Thankfully I had help from my doberman group. Sometimes it’s just not the right home… the new environment is helping him plus the training he’s still on prozac he hasn’t shown any aggression there at all hasn’t worn his muzzle since day 3 with her. If these options don’t help humanly euthanizing is not always the worst thing you can do. Im sure he’s not happy either. Join Losing Lulu it’s a support group on fb for people who have done behavioural euthanasia and believe me there are a lot. I wish you luck remember the safety of your family comes first. You’ll make the right decision. Good luck. ❤🐾January 23, 2020 at 12:50 am #20985 in reply to: Unknown background, and no trust after being bitten
Great suggestions @max025!
@sprtybigred13 – So sorry you are going through this. Trust is a big one. It’s natural to feel angry and betrayed, too.
A dog wearing a muzzle can still jump at you and bruise you, but won’t be able to bite and I’m sure that will help you somewhat. A basket muzzle is best. There are instructions for desensitizing dogs to wear muzzles on this page (see point 4 on link below) that I’d highly recommend doing for a dog such as this.
Have you taken him to a vet to rule out any health issues yet? You might also be able to get a recommendation to a vet behaviourist who can diagnose if there is any underlying anxiety disorders/issues with your dog.
You mentioned that there was nothing on common between the incidents. Do you recall what was happening just before in each of the three scenarios? There are some things that we do that seems perfectly fine for normal dogs but that abnormally anxious dogs can get anxious about. If anything falls into these patterns, it will help you to know that it’s not as random as it seems.
Also, I’ve lived with pits in the past – one thing they do that I haven’t seen as often with other dogs is they can get very hyper and something almost a kind of submissiveness action (getting low, spinning, knocking upwards with their muzzle) during play. It’s not always play so much as anxiety. I wonder if you have seen that kind of behavior during his play?
Having him live with a child is a -huge- red flag regardless of the how’s and why’s or anything you might do to help. 🙁AuthorPostsViewing 3 posts - 1 through 3 (of 3 total)
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