I am 15 My 2 year old german shepherd/husky mix has been causing numerous incidents and escapes. She was never like this, she started acting up ever since last year, and I don’t know what to do! Before I say anything else, I need you to know that she is a super friendly and kind dog. She never attacks, bites, or barks at anyone. She doesn’t attack other dogs, though she does get overexcited when she sees one. One of the main problems are cats, she is extremely hostile to them and would most definitely try to kill them.
All of this mess started when my grandpa took her for a walk in his bicycle (which was very irresponsible considering she wasn’t trained, though we didn’t train her because she was a very cooperative and loving dog.) and when she saw a neighbor’s cat, she went crazy and went after it when my grandpa lost grip of the leash. She attacked the cat when the owner was there, and he called animal control when it was over and THEN called my parents (he was my dad’s friend)
So animal control interrogates my grandpa, my dad, and fellow neighbors that have known my dog. Let me tell you that my family is completely oblivious to their own rights so they were obviously taken advantage of by the police considering how vulnerable they were. I'm sure they answered all of their questions. My neighbors (at least the ones that came to talk to us after they were interrogated) were supportive towards us when they were questioned, since they know my dog very well and know that she is a kind dog. But my dog was then picked up by animal control and was took to the pound. My dad surrendered her without even letting me know, and I was seriously upset about it, so he contacted the police officer in charge of the "case" and said he changed his mind. She had to get spayed, vaccinated (again), privately trained (we haven't gotten her trained since she was already a cooperative and loving dog), and all the other requirements needed for retrieval.
All was fine for a while, until months passed. She started to make a run for it every time she saw the fence door ajar with nobody else around it. Its so painful and dramatic trying to get a hold of her without alerting sensitive people or police. We have had several complaints from a crazy man that is so protective of his precious junk yard property. He would get in his car and verbally harass us, saying that if he sees the dog on his yard again, he will take her to the pound and have her put to sleep. He always does it when my dad isn't home (and he never is, when these things happen). He really is a sickening and obnoxious man. But my parents haven't done anything about it because they won't bother going to court for such things.
So we have recently arrived home from a 2 week trip to Mexico. It was fun until my grandpa called a couple of days before we would leave to go back home, saying that she had dug a hole in the backyard (where we kept her, she was no longer allowed to be in the front yard with no supervision) and had escaped, though he was able to retrieve her thanks to a lovely neighbor, call him Bob. Bob is good friends with my grandpa, my grandpa likes to do little errands for Bob like mowing his lawn or whatever.
So at the time of writing this thread (January 6, 2019), she dug yet another hole on the backyard when we were watching a movie, and had escaped. My grandpa cemented the first hole. Now, the only reason we found out, was because BOB knocked on our door and told us. Her wife and daughters were already trying to get her, which was extremely thoughtful of them. So my dad and I went out to help and we caught her. We thanked them and thankfully, no one called animal control to report us. This whole day has been raining, so that's why she is able to dig the holes so easily.
We just rigged the backyard today, to prevent her from digging more holes and escaping. It has worked so far. We locked her up in the house we were required to make because of animal control (she is supposed to be there when my dad isn't home, but having a big dog like a husky will make it go crazy) and she got out from the welded wire mesh walls after she bit a hole open, so we had to rig that too with wooden planks.
[EDIT: These past months, I must admit I have been slacking on my responsibilities with my dog, I would take her for walks way less often than normal (maybe like 2-3 times a week), though they would be long 40 minute walks around town. So that might add to what I have to say below]
Now my dad is telling me that we need to get rid of the dog because we will get into more legal issues, and I know it's true. I believe them. But I feel like my dog just needs more attention since she hasn't been taken for a walk for those whole 2 weeks (my grandpa is forbidden from being near the dog) and she has probably gone crazy. I am really pulling my hair from all of this stress, someone please tell me what I could possibly do to fix my dog's behavior I am very paranoid right now and I feel like I am going to faint. I love my dog and I don't want to lose her but I don't want to lose my parents either because they have diabetes so making them worried about my dog can make them go sick. PLEASE HELP ME