ATB 2/23/06 - 12 years of- terrier love
|Barked: Mon Aug 7, '06 10:57am PST |
|I know that you are in an emotional battle right now. I know you love your dog.
But my little dog was nearly killed in front of me in a totally unprovoked attack by an aggressive dog that slipped its collar. It was the second unprovoked attack by this dog in a matter of months and there had been other incidents with this dog, that also had been abused as a puppy. If the owners had not acted responsibly, paying my vet bills and having their dog euthanized, I would have insisted on it. In my state, there is no free bite for any dog. Homeowner's insurance can be cancelled like that! if your dog attacks a person. I think you've been lucky, so far. My niece rescued a dog with issues, spent a small fortune on it with various trainers, until one finally had the sense to say that no way could she ever consider the dog to be safe, especially around her children. She had the dog euthanized as she couldn't in conscience pass the dog on to anyone else. My stepson came to the same heartbreaking conclusion with his dog, also after seeking retraining help. And that dog had been raised with love and professional training from puppyhood.
I realize I'm the dissenter here, but I also owned a gentle protective dog who would have attacked anyone trying to get close to me, including visitors who were just crossing the room. While I felt vulnerable after she died, and missed her, I was also relieved in that I didn't have to worry about being sued by someone who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Maybe the right trainer can solve your dog's problem. I hope so.