Guest ACT33 Posted June 1, 2016 Share Posted June 1, 2016 Good morning, everyone. I am very thankful for this forum, as it has provided guidance to both me and my husband in learning how to take care of our greyhound, Warbie. Warbie is an 82lb ex-racer that we rescued from Florida. I have always wanted to rescue a greyhound, so it was a dream come true for me to finally be able to do it. To my great sadness, Warbie has turned out to be aggressive in a few situations that has me feeling completely distrustful of him. First, about 8 months ago, he bit my hand when I reached to take a bone away from him. His bite was hard enough to break the skin on my hand, bruise it, and leave a small scar. After that happened, I contacted the woman who runs the adoption group, and she put me in contact with a pet trainer. The trainer visited our house, and spent several hours with us and Warbie. We learned sharing techniques to help ease his resource guarding. We felt that he was doing better, but he again bit my husband a couple of months back over a bone. Warbie has also shown signs of leash aggression towards other dogs and humans, and can get snippy with other dogs at the dog park. Yesterday, Warbie jumped up on our bed as I was trying to put him in his crate. We do allow him, and our other dog, Roscoe, to snuggle on our bed occasionally. When I reached for him, he snarled, growled, and snapped at me. He then proceeded to stare at me. I was very scared, and it broke my heart because he is my dog. He follows me everywhere, and he loves to cuddle with me. Whenever we are apart, Warbie always looks for me. I have no doubt that I am his “person.” Herein lies my biggest concern – children. I am a practicing attorney that has seen several cases of dog bite incidents involving young children. My husband and I hope to have children within the next 2 years. It takes just one second for Warbie to turn aggressive, and while we might try to keep the child away from him when he has a bone/actin aggresive, I know that it will not be a perfect system. My husband is not ready to give up on him, but I don’t think he understands that once my trust in the dog is gone, I simply don’t know how to get it back. I don’t see myself being able to trust leaving a child near him without fear of harm. Does anyone have any advice? I simply don’t know what to do. Thank you very much. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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