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|Thu, 07-14-2011 - 9:46am|
My life is chaotic. I woke up today to find my laundry room infested with ants! Thousands for them! But that's neither here nor there . . .
As many of you know I have two dogs. My girl I got as a puppy and she is an awesome dog. She is well behaved and listens and is just perfect. The boy I adopted about a year and a half ago. The vet guesses he is about 5 now. I am his 4th home (no fault of his own . . . one owner was an elderly lady who didn't realize how big he would be, one moved and dropped him at the humane society and then the last family didn't anticipate how much work he would be).
He is smart and can be incredibly sweet and cuddly, is stubborn as heck (too smart for his own good) BUT he is becoming more and more agressive. I have spend thousands trying train this dog and its not working. He doesn't like children and lunges after them. When the neighbours son came to the door and I opened it, he lunged after him. He also went nuts when the neighbours kids were at the cottage.
He has bitten me twice (though not viciously) once when I went to pull him off the couch and once when I tried to keep him away from my other dogs food dish. Today he went after the neighbour dog.
Just writing this he sounds like a horrible dog, but he's not. Everyone who meets him loves him. I just don't know waht to do. My mom thinks that I should spend myself into the ground trying to train him or take him to the vet to see if something is wrong (she can think of every excuse in the book: raw food is making him do it, he doesn't have enough room to run, maybe he's too hot etc etc) but this has been going on since I got him.
I am really worried that he will go after a small child. For now it hasn't been an issue because I don't have kids and neither do my friends, but at some point it will be.
I don't know what to do. I don't want to spend anymore money on training. I mean it when I save i've spent thousands already!
What would you do?