|Barked: Wed Mar 5, '08 1:54pm PST |
|I know I'm late to this post. But I've been there. Granted, I was a little kid, but my family had to have a dog put down because she was aggressive. I can honestly say that unless you've been there you have NO IDEA. And even if you have, what worked for you may not work for another. All dogs are different, have different problems, and different needs. All owners too.
We rescued Maggie from a university testing facility. Her mother had been brought in for something, and when they discovered she was preggers they let her have the puppies and adopted them out. My dad worked there so we got one.
Having been born in that environment, there were always things about her that seemed off. I don't remember everything, but what sticks with me is that when she ate she would lie with her front legs wrapped around the bowl, like someone was going to take it away.
She was fine around us, but as she got older she became extremely aggressive around outsiders. There were two little girls living next door and we were scared she would hurt them. She actually did bite a friend of my brother's.
We tried training. She went to obedience class, the whole bit. Eventually, she got so bad we had to have her put down.
It was hard, but it was the right thing to do. For us, and for her.
Like I said, every dog, every person and every situation is different.
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