Aggressive Biting Aussie
(The Emerald City)
A year ago, when he was 2, my Australian Shepard started being openly aggressive with people and other dogs. He bit a child on the arm when it ran toward him to get a ball it had dropped. He also charged his kennel wall when strangers or other dogs would walk by while we were camping (SCA event, lots of people).
We had basic obedience already, so I worked with an intensive trainer for 6 months. He calmed down, graduated as a star pupil from the formal training, and I was relieved. He herds chickens in my huge fenced backyard, goes for walks multiple times per day to school and the park, and is working on a home made agility course.
But now the wheel is rolling. 7 days ago, my 14 year old Pom lost an eye due to a puncture and my vet said it looked like a bite. It is assumed that the Aussie did it. 4 days ago he attacked my large cat because as it walked past him in the front room, no puncture wounds. Yesterday he attacked my mother’s smaller dog and my Keeshond but left no open wounds. The Keeshond limped for half the day. This morning he grabbed my 15 year old Pom because she walked by him in the living room. It was all I could do to stop my father from bashing his head in right then.
I grew up on a farm where a biting dog was a dead dog, but I can’t put him down until know that there is nothing else I can do. I know there has to be something I have missed. Is there any hope?
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