Post # 1
I have a 12 year old Mutt (german sheppard, lab and chow) named Dodger who is my life. I have had him for 12 years and he has been a huge part of my family, recently I have moved into my parents in law sweet so I can finish college and Dodger is now confined. I bought him a fenced in area with a good amount of space but he hated it and tore through the fence… so now he is chained up and in the fence to keep him in the fence. My question is… I feel like he is absolutely miserable he cries all the time and I try my best to do whatever I can to help him. I can’t think of getting rid of him I love Dodger more then anything but I feel like he is so unhappy being confined and there is no way I can let him roam the yard due to my mothers orders. Not to mention he is an agressive dog so I can’t take him to the park or for walks. Are there any bees with situations like this? If so what did you do? Did you get rid of the Dog… did you just keep them in the fenced in area?
Post # 3
I’d put the time and money into working with a trainer to get past the aggressive behavior so you can go to the park and go for walks.
Post # 4
I don’t understand why you can’t take him for walks. I had an aggressive dog and took him walking all the time. Of course, he was leashed all the time. I just made sure we stayed away from other dogs, people. Stear clear of all children since they just like to run over to pat the dog.
Post # 5
I don’t understand – your dog is confined all of the time? Even when you are home?
Is he not allowed in the house either?
If this is the case – I personally would never do this to my dog as it is no way to live.
How much social interaction do you give him?
I also agree with other pp that you have to take him for walks, dogs that size really need a lot of exercise. Even if he is aggressive you should take him for walks avoiding other people and other dogs.
Post # 6
Could you maybe try walking him with a harness? They make some nice padded ones that go around the dog’s body so you are basically holding him back by his chest instead of his neck. I’m assuming he’s a big dog because of the breeds you listed, so maybe this would give you more control over him so you could take him for walks.
Post # 7
@AlliRae – Harnesses make it easier for dogs to pull and encourage pulling. (That’s why sled dogs wear harnesses and not collars.)
@auburnfan009 – I think you need to take him to a professional trainer (a real trainer who has experience with dogs with issues, not a petstore training).
I’d also look into NILIF (Nothing in Life is Free) training: http://k9deb.com/nilif.htm
Post # 8
He NEEDS exercise! Having him locked up in a small area with no space to run is not great. I would ensure that you get a trainer to allow him to go on walks without being aggressive, find somewhere else to live, or find a way to walk him and take him for runs.
My shepherd mutt is also very aggressive (just turned this way last year and no one knows why). As a result, she can’t go to dog parks with her brother dog. Anyways, we have trained her into walking appropriately and not lunging at every dog that comes by and have a giant back yard, so she gets her exercise that way.
After 5 years, the only time I didn’t have a huge space for her to run around outside, I took her for 2 hour walks every single day. When I didn’t have 2 hours, I would take her for 1 hour, take her to a local park that was mostly unused, put a 200 foot lead on her and connect her to me (made with thick rope from home deopt), then played fetch and such.
Post # 9
How sad! Poor doggy!
I agree, he needs exercise!
Get a trainer. Harnesses are mainly for small dogs who are susceptible to collapsing tracheas (not really meant to discourage pulling), there are certain “special” harnesses that may or may not work for you. Like a Halti and the ones that clip in the front (Probably also a halti…). A trainer can teach you the best ways to walk him and how to deal with the aggressive behavior.
Post # 10
Hes acting out due to boredom and lack of exercise.
I would begin working with him to try and tame some of his aggression. You can easily buy a body harness to help walking him, drive him to a park that is rarely used or outside the city. Keep meat as a treat if you want him to refocus his attention from another dog to you.
He is getting old, so it may be difficult to correct his bad behaviour now. but its worth a try so he isn’t confined all the time.
Post # 11
Why can’t you walk him? My dog growing up was extremely agressive and I walked him every day..? If someone was coming towards us on the sidewalk I’d move so he couldn’t get near them- no problem.
Post # 12
A dog at the age of 12 doesn’t have much longer to live unfortunately. Even if he has a few good years to him, “getting rid of him” would be tough. There are not many who would want to adopt a dog like this, let alone an agressive one.
First, he is an old dog and the environment has been changed. It probably pissed him off!
Second, he is too isolated.
Third, there could be a medical reason so take him to the vet first.
Good luck but I wouldn’t do that to him-you think after 12 years with the same master and then plucking him out of that would be better for him? He would probably become very stressed and even more aggressive.
Post # 13
I’m sorry you are going through this but personally I would have never moved there. Owning an animal is a lifetime(the animals) commitment, yes I understand people go through hard times, but to me that is no excuse.
What type of fencing did you have? With a dog that size chain link is probably the only way to go and usually you have to have it in the ground some so that they can’t dig underneath it. Make sure there is always a shaded area, plenty of water and also a dog house. Does he have toys to play with? How long is he kept in there?
If you are uncomfortable taking him for a walk because of the aggression get a muzzle and take the dog for a walk. Being cooped up is no way to live.
Post # 14
@auburnfan009: How long has this behavior been going on? He’s an older dog, so he’ll be more set in his ways. I know with my pup when we were crate training her, she would whine and cry all the time. But eventually she just got used to it. You need to help him get used to it. It’s something new. Give it time. Also, talking to your vet never hurts. I would see what you can do about his aggressive behavior. Taking him for walks and playing with other dogs can only help him.
Post # 16
this article has some great information on what to do and also why he might be having issues.