- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2019
My mum has never been as big a lover of our dogs as we (my father, sister and I) are. She has several times threatened to get rid of them, jokingly, or so I thought.
Turns out she is much more serious than I thought. Our younger dog is very very wary of strangers and will jump at them aggressively, and nip at their heels. I have never seen her bite anyone, except us in play, and that is more mouthing than anything. She has growled aggressively at our other dog and attacked her which has been really scary to see.
We lock her in the laundry when that happens, it has a dog door to the outside but she can’t get in the house because the doors are closed.
Turns out she has bitten people before, only my mum has seen it. She said that if they report her and she is on record as a dangerous dog they will get rid of her, no questions ask. She wouldn’t pay the annual fee to keep her. My father agreed with her mostly.
I will do anything to keep her, even if I have to somehow pay the fee myself. But I would much rather stop her from attacking people and our other dog in the first place. She is 5 so I know it’s not the best age for retraining her, but I want to help her behaviour.
Anyone have any advice on how to stop this behaviour? Ideally stuff we can try at home before enlisting the help of a behaviourist, as they are expensive and I can’t afford it, but if need be I will ask for it for Christmas or birthdays.
Please NO advice saying to get rid of her, I came here for support and advice on how to help my dog, not people telling me to get rid of a member of my family. I know it’s ultimately my parents’ decision, but as they are happy for my sister and I to take the dogs when we move out, if we wanted to and could afford to, I don’t think they’d mind me paying for her to get help or an annual dangerous dog fee if it came to that (which I don’t think it will and hope it doesn’t)
Help me bees, here is my baby: