(Closed) I'm a mess- bringing dog back to shelter??

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 32
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Buzzing bee

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@FutureMrsGG:  anything chihuahua are very territorial and latch on to one person like you described. I had a half chihuahua half terrier mix, and he became attached to me instantly. It got to the point where my family couldn’t come near me without him trying to attack. Sometimes you have to do what’s best for the dog you already had. He probably feels bad that the new dog is doing this. 

Post # 33
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Charleston, SC

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@FutureMrsGG:  we adopted a dog almost 10 years ago who had serious issues. She was sweet for a while, and then suddenly turned into a monster. It got to the point where she cornered my grandmother growling and would snap if you came near her food (it looks to us like she was deprived of food and beaten as a puppy). My parents almost took her back, but decided to give her another chance and soon she was a total lovebug! 

I send the PP who mentioned a rehabilitation trainer. Do you know her background? There may be issues there that you can work on to build her trust of other dogs. If that’s not an option or doesn’t work, I second the fostering until you can find a single dog home.

Good luck!

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Sounds like she either needs to be in a single dog home or be with someone who can invest the time and money into behaviour modification training.

Don’t feel bad if you are unable to provide for her special needs.  Contact the rescue you adopted her from, let them know the situation, and ask if she can stay with you until they find her a more suitable home.  You are doing the best thing for her, it is not fair to her or your other dogs to continue what is going on.  Eventually someone is going to get seriously hurt.

Post # 36
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@FutureMrsGG:   Training classes are geared towards standard behavior. Potty  training, proper leash manners, sit, stay, heel, etc. A behaviorist or trainer focuses on a specific behavior. They can get expensive if you need numerous sessions. If it were my dog, I’d get a consult and see what I was looking at. If I was looking at months of intensive training, that  would be different than a couple of sessions and minor modification of behavior on my part.  And  personally, I’d feel better just knowing if this was truly beyond my means to fix.

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

The dog is super cute but you have to do something. My Mom had a pair of dogs that were sisters and raised and trained together, and the aggression of one of the dogs wasn’t apparent for more than 18 months. The aggression escalated (starting with nips and progressing to drawing blood) until the aggressive dog BROKE the leg of her sister. All said and done, it cost $2k in vet bills and the aggressive dog was put down because shelters won’t take animals with that type of documented behavior. Sounds like the pup needs therapy (which you cannot afford right now) or to be in a single dog home (meaning she goes back to the shelter). It’s tough and it will hurt, but you have to think of the best interests of all involved….

Post # 38
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Blushing bee

I second suggestions of consulting a trainer, if you can’t bear the thought of giving her up. A trainer might be able to identify something that’s pushing the dog to react violently. Sometimes they’re territorial, or possessive of toys or food or something. You have no way of knowing right now, but what if fixing your dog’s problems were as simple as feeding the two dogs in different rooms? To me it was kind of a trigger hearing the dog loves you so much and follows you around – maybe she gets territorial about you, and feels her place in the family is threatened by other dogs?

There are very few dogs in the world who are just bad apples – most of the time, they can be worked with. It’s up to you whether you have the time/money to deal with it, or if taking the dog back is best.

Post # 39
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 1993

@FutureMrsGG:  It sounds like your new doggie really wants to be in a one-dog household….that is no reflection on you OR the dog…..and when the shelter finds that kind of home, I’m sure she will be super-happy…..and then you can be happy knowing that you helped her get the kind of home that she will do best in.

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