Originally Posted by Wallyr
We have a 15 year old cockatooapoo with limited eyesight and here. He is a happy dog during the day but becomes very aggressive at night.
It would break my heart to put him down men he is otherwise healthy.
We want him to be healthy and safe as well as people visiting.
Hi, I am sorry to hear about your dog's night time aggression. Poor little guy.
Is he having both sight and hearing issues? I wasn't sure from your post. When is he biting, as in what happens right prior to the bite?
For example, is he being startled, or awakened from resting, thus biting? Or when people ring the door bell and come into your home? Or when family or visitors move, say get up off the couch or enter the room? Or when people reach out and try to touch/pet him? Or when people/kids are rowdy? Does your dog give you any warning signs before delivering the bite?
Most dogs do give warning signs, but we humans aren't always so great at noticing the signs from our dogs. If you can read his body language and know when he is feeling stressed or nervous/fearful/anxious, then you can prevent a lot of the aggressive actions before they happen!
You can study up for free online about dog body language and calming signals. I watch my dog's body language all the time!!
! Especially around visitors, strangers and other dogs we meet. Use management techniques so he doesn't get over stressed or have the opportunity to bite visitors
If you are worried about your dog biting your house guests, simply put him in cozy crate or baby gated room with some yummy treats or a chewie or favorite toys. Or keep him on a leash with you when you have guests so you can monitor his interactions. Plenty of safe and easy management techniques can help you guys to all stay safe and less stressed.
One more thing. Has he been checked lately by a vet?
If he is in some sort of pain or discomfort he may be more apt to become aggressive to keep people away from him.
I can't imagine putting your otherwise healthy dog down for this and I'm betting you would only do this as a last resort. Please tell us more so we can help you. Thank you for wanting to help your dog!!!