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Old 04-09-2013, 02:26 PM   #11
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Re: Someone make me feel better, rehoming our dog :(

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I am sorry but you are making the right decision. If he growled a little at a child that took a toy out of his mouth or pulled his tail I would say give it time and work with both of them, same with the growling at strange men thing (they may be familiar to you but they are not to him). I would be certain to return him to the rescue and put my foot down about having his child aggression listed. It is not fair to him or to any future family to put him in this type of situation. He would probably be perfectly fine with a family without children.

I know how hard this can be but you should not feel guilty. I've done rescue most of my life and have heard some really bad reasons for giving up a dog or cat (I got a new puppy and they don't get along-seriously, you gave up the 7 year old dog for the new puppy). This kind of aggression is a safety risk and should have been disclosed to you from the beginning. I had to give up a Shiba mix we took in as a rescue when she became aggressive with my youngest (he was a toddler at the time). She had a high prey drive and became very guarded about my affection. If he walked into the room I was in she would growl. I called a behaviorist friend of mine and he told me he didn't feel it was safe to keep her or that we could fix it. The last straw was when she went after my oldest. She only jumped at him and tried to push him away from me but it scared him and Duke had to knock her down to get her away from him. It really broke my heart to rehome her as she was "my dog". She was very independent and clean but she would cuddle with me at night or on the couch. I still miss her but I know I had to do it for the safety of my kids.
This is what I was saying to my husband. If our son was doing something to provoke the dog that we could work on, I might feel differently, but it is totally unprovoked. And the second he snapped at our son, that was it.


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Old 04-09-2013, 02:51 PM   #12
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I am not for rehoming dogs for any little reason. I have a dog that is so bad that I imagine most people wouldn't have kept him.

I still think you need to rehome hank. Even if you worked with a specialist you'd have no guarantees and would be putting your child at risk in the mean time.

Please stop feeling guilty. I know it must be incredibly hard.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:15 PM   #13
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Re: Someone make me feel better, rehoming our dog :(

I'm having to rehome my cats too. i feel your pain. No matter how good the reason you can't help but feel sad for them.
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