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Old 11-23-2017, 04:59 PM
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Exclamation dog law is a quagmire - Don't get sucked into the bog.


the problem with aggro in dogs isn't IN the home - dogs, unlike cats, must enter the wider world, even if only to void.

YOU may not have children, & YOU may not have other pets / dogs / cats / ____ , but other humans certainly do.
Living with a dog who should be intensively managed for life is incredibly difficult, long-term, & very stressful -
besides which, as any trainer or vet will tell U, "Mgmt always fails - sooner or later; it can't succeed for the pet's lifespan."

Resource-guarding is generally among the easiest problem-behaviors to reduce or extinguish; it's also usually easy to manage.
Dog-directed aggro, not so much - & young children with food will forever be a problem, 'cuz KIDS under 7 to 8-YO, even closely supervised, cannot be trusted not to go anywhere near her with food... in their hands, on a plate, in a bowl, in their pockets, etc. They just don't get it. --- And those, of course, would be children who've already been told she has issues.

Life with a basket-muzzle as her wardrobe when she's outside her single-dog, child-free home is one possibility.
Finding someone who wants such a dog, & is willing to deal with the hassle for the dog's lifespan, is a whole 'nother convo.

Also, re legal concerns, simply re-homing a dog with a bite history can open U to criminal prosecution, in some states.
Even with a quit-claim that her adopter has signed, acknowledging the past event/s & accepting full future responsibility, U can still be charged. Years after she's re-homed, & even in the home of someone U never heard of, YOU can be in serious legal trouble when she bites someone --- even without criminal charges, U can be sued.
Multi-million dollar judgements have been awarded when the dog in the case never laid a tooth on anyone, just scared them.

My suggestion?
Find out what Ur state's law is, re dangerous dogs, bite history, etc, B4 U do anything. U can't decide 'till U know that, IMO.

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Small dogs can be paper trained so they actually never have to leave the house if they're truly dangerous. I know if several people who do that and only take their small dogs out socially, who aren't aggressive. Small dogs also don't need as much room to get exercise and play as large dogs.
Thus an aggressive small dog could be managed with paper training in a home with no other animals or kids. If someone wanted to do that. There's also the trainer route. Not saying what anyone should do, just that there are alternatives if the dog isn't aggressive to human adults normally.
None of us can say what's best for this dog having never met her and none of us know the laws in every state. Anyone can sue anyone for anything these days.
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Is she past the point of a good trainer that specializes in aggression? Or one of those places/sanctuaries that takes aggressive dogs for life? Or are those only for big dogs or wolves or full? I know nothing about them obviously.
Yes Shadowmom, the shelter where I adopted my girl had several dogs that were 'unadoptable' that they just kept and took care of. This place does have behavior tests but if the dog doesn't pass it's not a death sentence. Plus they have trainers that come to work with the aggressive guys. I wonder if this kind of shelter exists near the OP.
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