Page 1 of 7 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 64

Thread: My Very Sad News...

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Devonport, Tasmania
    Posts
    6,675

    Default My Very Sad News...

    Today my new dog will be going back to the breeder.

    For those of you familiar with the aggression he was showing towards every stranger - it has unfortunately escalated to a degree that is totally unacceptable.

    We spent the weekend organising people to come over for a 'visit' and we kept in contact with the breeder via phone also getting her advice all the way through our attempts to introduce him to others.

    It did not matter how we all dealt with the situation, it progressed to a worse degree!
    Yesterday, once he had fully calmed down (which took a hell of a long time!) he came out of his crate and on both occasions (with two different visiotors consecutively) he accepted treats from the strangers and appeared to be 100% okay with them. However, the moment the visitors made any attempt to get up and walk out of our yard, he actually lunged and yes, bit. No warning whatsoever, just 'bang.' On both occasions his behaviour was identical.
    Now, both these people are very 'dog savvy' (which is why I chose them) , and neither of them showed fear or emotion and IMO handled the situation exceedingly well.

    I have spoken to the breeder who swears he has never shown any behaviour like this in his life, yet there are a lot of things that just aren't adding up as far as we are concerned. The breeder agreed that he must be removed immediately, and I'm under the impression that he will not be re-homed again. Breeder has no explanation for this other than to think "he has lost some brain cells along the way." Hmmm.

    I feel disappointed, upset, and rather devastated, as during the 41 years of my life I have owned GSD's for 31 of those years - and have NEVER seen behaviour such as this in any way or form.

    So, there we go. It is a bad day, and he is being returned. I am now concerned for my children as I no longer feel I can trust this dog.
    The breeder has so far been good in assisting to help organise his removal, and has stated that I certainly didn't receive the wonderful, socialised family pet that I paid for.

    She has offered a puppy to replace him, but at the moment I think I need to get over the shock we are all feeling.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Sunshine Coast, Qld
    Posts
    909

    Default

    I am so sorry it has come to this DA. You must be devastated. You tried everything you could so don't feel bad.

    Hopefully you will have better luck with your next dog, when you are ready.

    Thinking of you and your family.
    The best things in life, aren't things

  3. #3

    Default

    Oh hun, I'm sorry

    But at least you did all that was in your power,you tried and tried and many wouldn't of.
    I dont think I believe that this behaviour only started with you either,the previous owner seemed to know too much about it. sadly I just feel that the dog wasn't dealt with correctly when it all started.

    So.so. sorry.
    But for the best.
    You did good so hold yur head up,you have not let him down at all
    GageDesign Pet Photography
    Site still in construction so will post link when it's finished.

  4. #4

    Default

    Sad indeed
    Sorry things got out of hand.
    You were brilliant though, tried everything...
    I'm sure there's more to the story that the breeder's not saying. I wouldn't get a pup from him/her,
    Chin up hon! You did the best you could.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern suburbs of Cairns FNQ
    Posts
    513

    Default

    You have done your best DA so please don't feel guilty. Sending him back to his breeder is the right thing and let us hope she makes a responsible decision on his future.

    I have followed the situation and read all your posts and I believe you have done everything possible. You must put the safety of your children first.

    I have a feeling the breeder wasn't completely honest with you to begin with but that is neither here nor there now.

    There are some dogs with problems that can't be cured. Sad but true. You did your best. That is all any of us can do.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    SE QLD
    Posts
    845

    Default

    I was really sorry to hear this but you tried everything you could. It'll be difficult to let him go but it's for the best. Poor boy, I wonder what caused him to be like that!!
    The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs.

  7. #7

    Default

    aww DA... i'm sorry to hear that things didn't work out, you did your best in trying to improve he's aggressive behavior, but unfortunately somethings just don't turn out as we would like or plan. Please don't ever feel guilty for putting your kids safely 1st, or giving him back to the breeder, i would have done the same as you. Wishing all the best for him.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Wodonga
    Posts
    2,672

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    Today my new dog will be going back to the breeder.

    For those of you familiar with the aggression he was showing towards every stranger - it has unfortunately escalated to a degree that is totally unacceptable.

    We spent the weekend organising people to come over for a 'visit' and we kept in contact with the breeder via phone also getting her advice all the way through our attempts to introduce him to others.

    It did not matter how we all dealt with the situation, it progressed to a worse degree!
    Yesterday, once he had fully calmed down (which took a hell of a long time!) he came out of his crate and on both occasions (with two different visiotors consecutively) he accepted treats from the strangers and appeared to be 100% okay with them. However, the moment the visitors made any attempt to get up and walk out of our yard, he actually lunged and yes, bit. No warning whatsoever, just 'bang.' On both occasions his behaviour was identical.
    Now, both these people are very 'dog savvy' (which is why I chose them) , and neither of them showed fear or emotion and IMO handled the situation exceedingly well.

    I have spoken to the breeder who swears he has never shown any behaviour like this in his life, yet there are a lot of things that just aren't adding up as far as we are concerned. The breeder agreed that he must be removed immediately, and I'm under the impression that he will not be re-homed again. Breeder has no explanation for this other than to think "he has lost some brain cells along the way." Hmmm.

    I feel disappointed, upset, and rather devastated, as during the 41 years of my life I have owned GSD's for 31 of those years - and have NEVER seen behaviour such as this in any way or form.

    So, there we go. It is a bad day, and he is being returned. I am now concerned for my children as I no longer feel I can trust this dog.
    The breeder has so far been good in assisting to help organise his removal, and has stated that I certainly didn't receive the wonderful, socialised family pet that I paid for.

    She has offered a puppy to replace him, but at the moment I think I need to get over the shock we are all feeling.
    You've done the right thing - it is hard but at least you're working with the breeder. Take up the puppy offer but tell her you need a while.

  9. #9

    Default

    Very sad news today DA. You're doing what's best for yourself & the dog though.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Devonport, Tasmania
    Posts
    6,675

    Default

    Thank you all. Yep, I truly am not feeling good right now.

    I personally believe the breeder's comments that this sort of behaviour has not happened before...but I just do not feel that it has not manifested itself so instantly upon his arrival.

    He is an only dog here, not a member of a large pack as he has been used to all his life.
    Apparently his dislike of other dogs only started after last Christmas when semem was taken from him, prior to de-sexing. Breeder has no answer as to why, either.

    We have also noticed that he really doesn't seem to want to run around and play with actual people. His ball, yes. Turn on the hose and yes, he wants to lunge and get the water splurting out. But the rest of the time he just seems to either stand around watching us, or pacing back and forth the boundaries as if his entire occupation in life when we are all outside is to guard.

    My hubby also commented last night that he's been getting a bit wary about the way Zed 'watches.' Not sure what he's referring to exactly, but he just says that he gets this look in his eye that has started making my hubby uncomfortable.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •