Hello everybody. I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advise on how to handle this: My mutt dog, the "mean" one - and truly, he isn't mean, but very protective of his territiory and his people - well, he bit my oldest daughter this weekend. She is 13 and is his primary caretaker, and she knows his quirks and did not provoke him. I was right beside her as this happened. She bent down to kiss his head, which she has done hundreds of times, and he turned and snapped at her, catching her cheek. It broke the skin.
This is not the first time he has snapped at someone, but it is the first time he actually bit. It is also the first time it involved one of the girls. But lately it seems he is picking fights with my older dog all the time. He's barking like a mad dog at the neighbor dogs through the fence. He gets it in his head that he wants to "attack" the front door and he goes through this barking frenzy at the slightest provocation. And nobody better even dare to walk up to my front door...
He is part chow, which I have heard many times can be a temperamental and moody breed, especially as they age. He's about 5 now - not sure exactly as he was adopted from the pound. But I'm really concerned that his aggressive tendencies are coming out and that he could pose a danger to my two girls.
My boyfriend and my ex-hubby think it's best to put the dog down. They say I can't make excuses for the dog forever, and what will it take for me to realize I'm risking a serious injury to my daughters? I am not making excuses, but I do feel guilty for considering this as an option. To me, when you take on the responsibility of an animal, you aren't just saying you'll do that if the animal is good and sweet and well-behaved. You're saying you'll be there to help guide and train and love and live with your pet every day.
Which as I read it back, that sounds wonderfully ideal. It just isn't worth risking a serious bite injury, though, is it?