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    Unhappy Backed into a Corner

    A dear friend of mine bought a beagle, she got his from a breeder, met the parents and he was fully papered. About 3 weeks after she got him she discovered she was pregnant with baby no.2, no issue, beagles are suppose to be great family dogs. Baby no 1 had just turned 3!

    12 months later.....

    beagle has been to puppy school and obedience, but continued to challenge child for food, space on the couch etc. Every time this was noticed the dog was growled at and put out the back.

    a couple of weeks ago the now 4 yr old went to sit on the couch, the dog was already on the couch, when the child went to get on the couch the dog would block him. the dog also stole a teddy from the babies cot, my friend called her obedience trainer and discussed how to fix the issue. Then on the weekend the dog grabbed the 4yr olds face and shook. The child was sitting on the floor watching TV, he was sitting half asleep in his little lounge.

    fortunately the child only received some scratches and a nasty fright.

    but here is the issue...yes there is an issue....

    she has called the breeder and the breeder is not interested in taking him back because he has been fixed, she has contacted the RSPCA but was told if she is honest and tells them what happened the dog will be PTS, she would love to rehome him but is scared that next time he will really bite.

    any bright ideas???

    Many thanks

    Cas

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    Oh Pepsi, what a horrible spot to be in for your friend.

    Unfortunately, IMO growling at the dog and putting it 'out the back' certainly wasn't going to fix this. If anything, it's made it far worse.

    But what's done is done, and the decision left it cruel, no matter which way you look at it.
    It's a shame the breeder wasn't one of those who will take the dog back no matter what (sigh)
    I can understand the RSPCA too. They have a billion dogs that haven't bitten or harmed kids, they don't need this one's problems.

    In my eyes there are only two options available to your friend.
    1 - Call a few beagle rescue places and see if one of them is willing to take this dog and try and rehabilitate it.
    2 - Put to sleep.

    Which one would you choose?

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    Honestly? A human aggressive dog should be put to sleep IMO. I know if any of my dogs did that to my little boy, they would be put to sleep, no questions asked.

    However perhaps Beagle Rescue could place the dog in a childless home?

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    If they have the money...dog deserves to be assessed by a professional before euthanising him IMO.

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    I'll go along with that - 1 assessment 2 rescue 3 pts but in the interim keep the dog well away from the children. No time for second chances IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soverencraft View Post
    I'll go along with that - 1 assessment 2 rescue 3 pts but in the interim keep the dog well away from the children. No time for second chances IMHO.
    I agree 100%

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    Give the dog to a single person or couple who don't have children & who have time to devote to the Dog.

    You'd think there wouldnt be any competition problems then.

    Just an idea.

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    Im sorry but the dog bit a child. How do you know that it wont attack an adult..

    I believe in if it attacks once it will attack again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peta23 View Post
    Im sorry but the dog bit a child. How do you know that it wont attack an adult..

    I believe in if it attacks once it will attack again.
    You dont,but its better trying to re educate the animal rather than PTS right off the bat.

    Especially someone who has the time to devote to the animal.

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    i recommend assessment by a trained professional, followed by on Professionals advice rehome or PTS...

    Depends on the situation... Personally if can be rectified I would rehome... But I haven't viewed the dog or assessed the behaviour properly...
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