Advice on possible rehoming - Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 19
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
Advice on possible rehoming

Hi,
My question does not involve a Havanese but there are so many thoughtful and wise people on this forum I though I would ask...

My sister (who never had a dog before other then our childhood dog) adopted a dog from a friend's elderly mother who was going into assisted living and could not take the dog with her. He's four years old and perhaps a poodle/cocker spaniel and possibly terrier (??) mix. Nothing of this was mentioned but he is very aggressive, especially with men/boys and has bitten my brother in law and one of my nephews. He frequently growls and bares his teeth. My sister has three kids (11-17) and works f/t. She does not have the financial ability to hire a trainer. Personally, I think they should try to rehome the dog but I think she feels very guilty. I am wondering what you all think and also how one goes about finding a home for a dog that bites. Thank you for your thoughts! Elyse
enp123 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 07:10 AM
LINDA
 
lfung5's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: PA
Posts: 6,496
Submit Photo: 3
Photo Submissions 36 Times in 33 Posts
I don't have any advice, but I hope things work out! That's a tough situation. My first thought was a trainer, but she can't afford it. Good luck! Hope someone else chimes in.





lfung5 is offline  
post #3 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 07:21 AM
Flynn of Sir Winston fame
 
Flynn Gentry-Taylor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Helen, Georgia
Posts: 2,745
Submit Photo: 22
Photo Submissions 9 Times in 9 Posts
I wish I could offer more than support...a sad situation. Anyone with any answers?

Sir Winston sez "Non Basta Una Vita.

Flynn, lady-in-waiting to Sir Winston and Lady Mia
Flynn Gentry-Taylor is offline  
 
post #4 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 08:54 AM
Gucci's mom
 
Thumper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 9,378
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 12 Times in 11 Posts
Thats a really tough one, a home without exposure to kids and someone with patience and experience to train, not so easy to find but they could put a few ads in the paper/ online and see if someone is interested in adopting?
Thumper is offline  
post #5 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 09:14 AM
Senior Member
 
Luciledodd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Paris, TN
Posts: 2,496
Submit Photo: 6
Photo Submissions 10 Times in 10 Posts
I wouldn't think twice about getting rid of the dog. Children come first every time. She has a valid reason also--no money.

Luciledodd is offline  
post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 09:29 AM
Senior Member
 
lise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 958
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 12 Times in 12 Posts
Sad for both your Sister and the dog but agreed, in this case kids first!

Lise and Ted
lise is offline  
post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 10:30 AM
Linda
 
motherslittlehelper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Southwest Washington
Posts: 3,646
Submit Photo: 0
Photo Submissions 22 Times in 21 Posts
No real advice here either. Just a couple of thoughts. If the family doesn't have the money for a trainer, I would think the dog needs to go too, unless there is a trainer who would take the case on out of the goodness of their heart. This dog got along OK with the elderly woman? Does the friend attend a church or other organization where she could inquire whether there is a single woman who does not have children or contact with children, who would be willing to take on the dog, and has the financial means to get appropriate training for the dog?

Linda, Augie & Finn's Mom
motherslittlehelper is offline  
post #8 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 10:31 AM
Senior Member
 
Lsprick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 255
Submit Photo: 16
Photo Submissions 0 Times in 0 Posts
Try to find a local rescue group to take him. Sounds like his world has turned upside down and is perhaps the reason for his aggression. Could be fear biting that will resolve in a quieter environment. Good luck!

Leslie, Mom to Gracie (Noblegold Saving Grace) and Angie the HavaShih Rescue
Lsprick is offline  
post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 11:03 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Germantown, WI
Posts: 286
Submit Photo: 1
Photo Submissions 2 Times in 2 Posts
As a former (now retired) insurance professional, I would be very careful in rehoming the dog for liability reasons. I ALSO would be very careful in keeping the dog because of the same thing......plus the sheer safety factor in having kids around it now. To me, the dog sounds like an accident waiting to happen. Sad (for sure) for the dog, but better safe than sorry!
mamacjt is offline  
post #10 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-09-2012, 11:23 AM
Dave T
 
davetgabby's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Ontario Canada
Posts: 10,729
Submit Photo: 3
Photo Submissions 112 Times in 110 Posts
This sort of thing happens all the time. Hundreds of thousands of times a year . I would advice them to spend a hundred dollars possibly to get an evaluation. By a trainer that specializes in aggression. If it is deemed adoptable then they're still looking at surrendering it to a shelter with the hope that they will try to rehabilitate it. ??? The problem is , most shelters don't have the resources to spend huge amounts of time on this. Not all dogs can or should be tried to rehome. If it were as easy to rehabilitate dogs in two hours like portrayed on TV , shelters would be in their glory. Someone other than them should provide some evaluation.

Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
Member of IAABC ,International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants , Member of Pet Professional Guild

Last edited by davetgabby; 07-09-2012 at 11:31 AM.
davetgabby is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Havanese Forum : Havanese Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome