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Old 03-05-2019, 05:54 PM
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My rescue dog attacked small dog at daycare

Hello! I’m new to this forum as I have been searching for some help with my rescue dog. He is a a little over a year old and he is a boxer mix. Most people think he has some ridgeback in him and I think there is definitely some type of hound mix. He is about 80lbs. We have had him for about 6 months now. There have been two times where he has chased and pinned small dogs when we have been at dog parks. He had never harmed them and never seemed to be attacking to hurt them but it was not ok behavior. I stopped taking him to dog parks when small dogs were there. Today I got a call from our day care telling me that he pinned a small dog and bit her hard enough on the neck that she had puncture wounds. The daycare was fully aware of his small dog issues and they actually have a separate room for small and big dogs. I’m not sure why the small dog (who is also 14 years old) was even in the same room. I feel horrible that this happened and have no idea what to do. He has also snapped at my 9 year old once when he had a bone. He snapped at his face and he had some welts along his cheek from it. Well he is not allowed to have bones anymore when kids are around. He doesn’t show any aggression towards dogs when we are on walks or to any people. Other than the bone, we haven’t see any possession issues. Should I be concerned to have him around my children? In all these instances he never growls or shows warning signs. It happens quick and quietly. The daycare lady said he had a “soft jaw” when she went to remove the small dog from his grip. I’m new to having a dog and this has all been so traumatic. I’m just not sure if I am being naive and thinking my kids are safe with him in the home? My kids are 6,9, and 12. Clearly he will never be allowed to play with small dogs again. I have tried to find private trainers and booked a few but they are so booked i have been waiting weeks to see them. Any advice would be appreciated! TYIA
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Old 03-06-2019, 04:28 AM
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Kinda sounds like a domestic issue. Is he neutered? And do you know at what age? Most rescue dogs near me get neutered at 8 months, just before they get sexually active.

It helps alot with domestic issues and markings. Neutered and spayed dogs aren't as aggressive and violent. And pinning the small dogs makes me think he thinks he can show the smaller dogs who's boss. The neck bite is a common sign of showing other dogs who's dominant if they don't submit instantly.

The bone is a possessive problem. With most dogs, you have to teach them as a puppy that you won't take the bone or food from him. Doing that makes them ok with you petting them while they're eating or chewing a bone.
Since yours is a rescue, it probably wasn't taught at a young age, and the bones at his previous home or street was taken from him, which led him to be possessive.

I think you can fix it by throwing some extra kibble into the bowl while he's eating, showing him you're not gonna take it. Now since he's a rescue and probably scarred, it'll take a longer time to settle than it would've with a puppy.

I'm not sure how to fix the bone issue though. Maybe give him another bone while he's currently chewing one. Showing him your hands aren't a threat, but a reward. Also let your kids take turns with the kibble thing, since he has to know that no hands in your house are threats.

And I wouldn't really leave him alone with your kids, unless they can understand what to do and what not to do. Domestic violent dogs can also attack children or humans, if they see that you're able to overpower and dominate. Then he takes the new rank as the Alpha. So being the dominant one with a dog like that is important. You got to show him who's boss, but since he's a boxer mix, he's a medium to large sized dog, so he won't try humans as easily as a untrained Rottweiler would.
(That's why you hear about Rottweilers attacking people so much)

I'm not sure if this helped at all, but I hope I could give you some insight on why the dog is how he is.. And probably give you ideas how to help.
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Bottom line if the daycare knew that he had any history of not being good with smaller dogs they should never have out him with any smaller dogs ever. Too risky and too much liability on them. That's why they're supposed to do thorough intake screenings and ask all those questions.
Now if you didn't tell them his full history and said he got along fine with all other dogs with no history of issues then you misled them. But they shouldn't put him with smaller dogs again whether the issue is considered fixed or not. Too risky.
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