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    What bull any breeder should take a pup back at any age.
    Good luck.
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  2. #12

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    yeah i think im gonna need it...
    thanks for all your help crazydog i really appreciate it

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    The others have given great advice .

    Without knowing a little more , such as what goes on just before the attack happens then it really is very hard to give sound advice over the internet. Contacting your breeder as you've already done was the very first step to take ( and sorry-but I for one am not happy with her response very much.So she's not willing to take a pup she bred back-instead see if anyone else wants him-IMO very bad form)

    How do you react when it does happen?
    How do you treat- discipline Zed ?When you say there are no warning signs ,that he just launches at your son,can you be 100 percent certain of that?
    Its very rarely,if ever,that there are no warning signs-no matter how slight- before a dog reacts in such a way.

    Is/has food ever been involved ? Such as ,has your son had food at times of any of the attacks ? Has been anywhere near Zed whilst Zed has been eating? Even just chewing on one oh his bones/toys etc ?

    There are very,very ,many variables that could be at play here and most likely are very,very fixable.

    When you say get rid of him, how would you do so ? You cannot safely just rehome him to another home with these issues ( unless its to someone well aware of the issues and ready to take such a problem on ).

    Having him desexed is also another given.If you are not planning on becoming a Registered breeder or are planning to show Zed than that one is a must and have it done asap.

    Lastly,please feel free to email me ,its in my profile,I will help in anyway I possibly can
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    hmmm
    Reading through the thread again it does seem like real aggression more than just an overexcited pup that doesn't know it limits.
    When a dog shows aggression and the owners start feeling intimidated by it, a weird dynamic arises between the dog and the owners and it becomes easy for the dog to establish itself at the top of the pecking order. Once that happens you can have a real problem on your hands once the dog reaches adolescence.
    It does sound like a temperament issue, perhaps caused by breeding or it could be just one rogue from the litter.
    That sort of dog could be more suited to a farm situation where there are feral pigs and it's kept on a chain or caged when it's not working.
    You really have to question its suitability as a family pet where young kids are involved.
    There is a lot of stuff on the web for assessing a dogs temperament, try putting him through a temperament test before you do anything hasty.
    If the dog needs to be re-homed the temperament test should be helpful when you select the next pup.
    temperament test
    The dogs breeder sounds irresponsible to say the least.
    Last edited by Bundybear; 02-21-2011 at 08:04 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bundybear View Post
    hmmm
    Reading through the thread again it does seem like real aggression more than just an overexcited pup that doesn't know it limits.
    When a dog shows aggression and the owners start feeling intimidated by it, a weird dynamic arises between the dog and the owners and it becomes easy for the dog to establish itself at the top of the pecking order. Once that happens you can have a real problem on your hands once the dog reaches adolescence.
    It does sound like a temperament issue, perhaps caused by breeding or it could be just one rogue from the litter.
    That sort of dog could be more suited to a farm situation where there are feral pigs and it's kept on a chain or caged when it's not working.
    You really have to question its suitability as a family pet where young kids are involved.
    There is a lot of stuff on the web for assessing a dogs temperament, try putting him through a temperament test before you do anything hasty.
    If the dog needs to be returned to the breeder the temperament test should be helpful when you select the next pup.
    temperament test
    Sorry Bundy but I really must disagree with it sounding more like a temp issue than an enviroment type/created type incident.
    As I said,there are so many variables and we have only a snippet of the actual event.
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    thanks guys, the main attacks have happend when hunter and i are just sitting quietly together watching tv or similar... no movement, food or toys have been involved. its literally launching out of no where and pinning my son down and biting.

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    he does start puppy school tonight through these guys http://www.goldcoastdogobedience.com/
    so im hoping they have some help??

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    Strange......that seems just such strange behaviour.

    Are you certain they are dead set attacks and just not ZED demanding to play? I realise how even rough play could look like an attck but more oftrn than not that is just what it is.An undisciplined ,young pupwants to play and wants to play now.

    The difference being,you are bigger and wiser and know to deal it with accordingly.Zed could be just seeing Hunter as a similar,more to his size plaything/mate.

    So how do you react when it happens?
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    Puppy school should help with his interaction learning but wont automaticly help with his behaviour towards your son.That ones upto you I'm afraid.
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    I'm with Chop on this it is very weird to just attack like that & I am thinking he is the bully of the litter & used to bullying his litter mates to play that way. Not that it makes it right just easier to deal with.
    Good luck at puppy preschool & I would suggest taking Chop up on his offer of private help with the problem as he is knowledgable with such issues.
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