my dog bit my friend---should I put him down?

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  1. PuppyBantamCochin

    PuppyBantamCochin Songster

    Apr 19, 2010
    Okay....I know this isn't a dog forum, but I wondered if anybody has advice on what we should do about our dog.
    He is a 2.5yo, chow/lab ?? mix. He's a strong, stubborn, independent dog, but he's very sensitive at times.
    Ever since we got him, as a 10wk old pup, he has been standoffish and aloof towards people. That is....he stayed like that till 3-4months till he started snapping (really snapping) and barkingat people when we took him out. About a month ago, someone trespassed on our property and he got out and started chasing the person. The guy ran down the street and we caught our dog. The next day someone who knew this guy called saying that our dog bit him. We don't know, really, but luckily, they decided not to make a big fuss about it.
    A couple days ago, a friend who was staying at our house for a few days, came inside without knocking and while the dogs were loose in the house and this dog, ''attacked'' her; bit our friend on the finger and on the leg. They weren't really bad bites, but she was really scared and upset. My mom wants to put the dog down before he bites anybody else and gets us in real trouble (and w/a lawsuit). I don't want to give him away because he might get someone else bitten. What do you guys think?
    He's never shown aggression towards us, but having a dog around that could hurt someone if he got out isn't exactly fun.

  2. HenPen

    HenPen Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    New Hampshire
    I am sorry but I agree with your mom...
  3. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I would put him down..
    I'm sorry. [​IMG]
  4. TipsyDog

    TipsyDog Songster

    May 14, 2009
    Aregua, Paraguay
    Chows tend to be that way. I had a schnauzer that started doing the same thing. Then he attacked my other dogs and started biting them too. He was only 5 and absolutely beautiful. I eventually had him put down because I just couldn't re-home an aggressive dog. All the other dogs got to a point where they were just terrified around this bully too. I don't know why he started getting so aggressive. I got him when he was 5 months old and had him neutered immediately. Alot of people told me schnauzers can be aggressive, but I always think each dog has it's own personallity but in this case it turned out he was an aggressive schnauzer. I spoke to my vet about it too and even he felt that putting him down was a better option than re-homing.

    Best of luck to you. I hope you can come to a decision. I know how hard it is to make choices like this. [​IMG]
  5. Show Me Chick

    Show Me Chick Songster

    Jun 10, 2010
    Needs to be put down. [​IMG]
  6. poultryhaven

    poultryhaven Addicted to Seramas!

    Jan 19, 2009
    Ocala, FL
    Is he neutered? Maybe if he gets neutered, he may calm down? [​IMG]
  7. laura13617

    laura13617 In the Brooder

    Apr 14, 2010
    SWest Iowa
    we had a similar situation in our yard about a week ago. a dog who decided to adopt our family bit me when i was trying to chase her away from my chickens. we had to put her down:( we have a 20 month old little boy and cant have an aggressive dog around. i feel for you because its not easy but safety of our loved ones had to come first
  8. chicken+quail=luv

    chicken+quail=luv Songster

    Nov 18, 2008
    Strawberry fields.
    I would put him down. [​IMG] Once a dog starts biting people, it can become a habit and they'll keep doing it. I've been bitten by a close friend's dog, and it's scary to go over there because I'm afraid of the dog. Aggressive dogs aren't fun for anyone.

    I'm sorry. [​IMG]
  9. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    I know you're family will be upset for a while after putting the dog down...but you'll feel bad forever if he seriously hurts someone, especially if it happens to be a child... [​IMG]
  10. duck walk

    duck walk Songster

    Jun 13, 2009
    white springs, fl
    there is no place for a dog like that...he will end up hurting someone...I would euthanize him...there are many good ones out there who need homes...the liability you are flirting with is not something you my world he is gone...
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