I am so frustrated! I have a beautiful sweet 6ish year old Chow/Retriever that I adopted from a shelter in March 2005. They have given me the OK to re-home the dog myself. We have to do this because my husband has turned ill and we have to downsize to an apartment. He's a 60 pound dog, and can't go with us. I searched through craigslist and freecycle to find a family for him and finally found a family similar to ours. He went to their home and the very next morning he began to act strange and when one of their kids approached him, he nipped the kid in the lip leaving a very small mark. When the mom tried to go get him he cowered and was very scared so she allowed Rosco to go outside, and called me. For the sake of their children I went to their house to see if we could figure out what was going on and he was PERFECTLY FINE. He allowed the kids to hang on him and play with him as long as I was there. I work from home and so he's around me alot. However, I leave home alot and have had him go to a friend's house when I am out of town and he did perfectly fine. Sooo.. Long story short, I told the woman it'd be better for me to take him home with me, so that he doesn't do anything else to her kids - since this behavior is very NEW. I brought him home and he acts as if nothing happened. I called the shelter I adopted him from for advice and they say call the vet and put him on medication or if it doesnt work take him to the nearest humane society. I don't want to take him there because I am sure if he shows the same behavior again he'd get put down. I need advice, anyone else have something like this that has happened to them and how they dealt with it? SHould I get the medication for him and see if it makes a difference? It just seems wrong to medicate him if he's fine at home. Not to mention an additional vet bill to acquire the medications. I just hate seeing animals doped up if they don't need to be. Maybe I just needed to vent, who knows. I just want to find him a new home that has the paitence for him to warm up and re-connect. Can dogs re-connect? Or are they forever traumatized if they are re-homed? Thanks for listening and any advice in advance!!