- 4 years ago
Hi Bees, not sure how I’m feeling about a dog I adopted 2 weeks ago.
When I adopted him he was labeled as super people friendly, dog friendly, all around great dog. He’s an approx 2yr old, pitbull/mastiff mix. He’s about 70-75lbs and is just muscle on top of muscle!
The “dog trainer” at the shelter told me he was working on his leash skills and he starts to tire rather quickly on walks then walks fine. Reality: Pulls hard the whole 3 mile walk to the point my whole body hurts from wrestling w/ him. (The trainer mentioned a treadmill, so I think they just tied him up to it, didn’t actually walk him). In the past I was able to correct this type of hard pulling, but it’s not working w/ him, he’s too distracted all the time to listen.
They said he was dog friendly/social. They said he would be great at dog parks. I think they only let him around big dogs. There were also no warnings about cats. The other night I took him out and he saw a cat in the neighbor’s yard and went nuts trying to get at it. I nearly lost control of him. It was scary. He may be one of those dogs that see anything smaller than him as prey!! I’m afraid now, I can’t take him to the dog park/pet store, etc.
So since having him, he’s been good at remembering people and once he hears them/sees them he’s happy. UNTIL THIS HAPPENED!! My aunt (70yrs old, 5ft tall) stopped by to meet him. She waited outside until I brought him out. Upon seeing her he nearly ripped me down the steps to get at her. (He’s been good prior waiting for me, it took a little work). He drug me (and my mom!) to nearly 10ft of her where he was very aggressive towards her. He was acting like a crazy dog! He was barking very aggressively towards her w/ the hair on his back standing up. I don’t know what would have happened if he got loose!! I’m afraid my aunt could have gotten seriously hurt.
On a positive note, he’s been good during the day and is fine at night. He’s fine being alone in the bedroom while I work upstairs during the day. He’s good at chewing on his toys and hasn’t really destroyed anything aside from a cheap glue gun.
I don’t know what to do. I can’t have a dog that randomly wants to eat people. I have young nephews and a baby niece that I am now afraid he’ll do something to.
I have never taken back a pet I adopted so my heart is being torn right now. I know he already bonded w/ my Fiance, the dog LOVES him. The dog bonded with me too. I’m considering asking the shelter if they’ll cancel my adoption and allow me to foster him until a new home can be found. He would be devastated if I were to take him back and he was sleeping on a cot/blanket instead of a warm bed.
I don’t know if it’s better to make a decision now or wait and see how it goes. I know it takes time for everyone to adjust but that aggression towards my aunt is a red flag.
To make matters better my mother was afraid of him at first. She slowly warmed up to him and eventually said she really liked him. After what happened w/ my aunt she’s really worried/scared now. She’s worried about people coming to the house. ;(