There is a young lady who comes to the dog park with her rescue Husky. I think she's a high school student, but appears to have a good head on her shoulders, reads tons about dogs, always interested in learning, volunteers at the shelter, etc. So, I trust her version of events. A family she knows, that has 5 young kids, just adopted a 12 week old puppy. Let's set aside the fact that the rescue quite possibly has no idea what they're doing. He's supposed to be a GSD/Boxer mix. The family chose him because he was quite mellow when they first met him, and gave them no trouble when he was picked up, cradled in their arms, etc.She went to meet the puppy, first because it *is* a puppy and she is a dog lover, but also because the family is having problems with the pup. After her interactions with the puppy, she said she could totally see why the kids are terrified of the pup. This puppy was described to me as vicious. Apparently, the puppy growls, lunges, snaps, and on more than one occasion has bitten. The puppy bit this girl. She said that she was just sitting there, a good 10 ft.

away from the pup, talking to his owners and not paying any attention to the puppy, when he ran over, growled at her, and went for her hand. She had teeny tiny puncture wounds where he had got a hold of her. Apparently, this is not at all unusual, he growls and lunges for no reason anyone can tell, and none of what was described sounds like normal puppy nipping/overexcited play type behavior to me.
As a first step I suggested that the pup get a pretty thorough medical evaluation, have his vision, hearing, etc. checked out. If all is normal, I said that they should get a behaviorist in ASAP if they have any intentions of keeping this puppy. Considering that the family is already afraid of the dog, it might be in everyone's best interest if the pup was returned to the shelter, and these folks got an older, more mellow dog. As far as I know, the pup was kept with his littermates until these folks brought him home, but we don't know how long he stayed with his mother.
Any thoughts on what is going on here?
Suja
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so now your taking someone elses life?

There is a young lady who comes to the dog park with her rescue Husky.
I think she's a high school student, but appears to have a good head on
her shoulders, reads tons about dogs, always interested in learning,
volunteers at the shelter, etc. So, I trust her version of events. A
family she knows, that has 5 young kids, just adopted a 12 week old
puppy. Let's set aside the fact that the rescue quite possibly has no
idea what they're doing. He's supposed to be a GSD/Boxer mix. The
family chose him because he was quite mellow when they first met him,
and gave them no trouble when he was picked up, cradled in their arms,
etc.
She went to meet the puppy, first because it *is* a puppy and she is a
dog lover, but also because the family is having problems with the pup.
After her interactions with the puppy, she said she could totally see
why the kids are terrified of the pup. This puppy was described to me
as vicious. Apparently, the puppy growls, lunges, snaps, and on more
than one occasion has bitten. The puppy bit this girl. She said that
she was just sitting there, a good 10 ft. away from the pup, talking to
his owners and not paying any attention to the puppy, when he ran over,
growled at her, and went for her hand. She had teeny tiny puncture
wounds where he had got a hold of her. Apparently, this is not at all
unusual, he growls and lunges for no reason anyone can tell, and none of
what was described sounds like normal puppy nipping/overexcited play
type behavior to me.
As a first step I suggested that the pup get a pretty thorough medical
evaluation, have his vision, hearing, etc. checked out. If all is
normal, I said that they should get a behaviorist in ASAP if they have
any intentions of keeping this puppy. Considering that the family is
already afraid of the dog, it might be in everyone's best interest if
the pup was returned to the shelter, and these folks got an older, more
mellow dog. As far as I know, the pup was kept with his littermates
until these folks brought him home, but we don't know how long he stayed
with his mother.
Any thoughts on what is going on here?
Suja
From what I can interpret from your posting, it sounds like normal puppy behaviour. This is enhanced with the excitement of many small children because the puppy now feels he is one of 'them'.
A behaviourist may be able to help but I don't feel it is a 'problem' for a Behaviourist - this puppy's new owners need 'Training'. If they are already afreaid of the puppy then it can do more harm than good to try and condition the puppy to them because of that fear factor. I believe the pup would do better in a new home that has patience to train and socialize the puppy - and is NOT fraid of him. Heck - he's just a baby.
JMO
so now your taking someone elses life?

i didn't read anything about Suja killing anyone...

Suja, are you keeping secrets?
-kelly
so now your taking someone elses life?

Suja may be mean and sarcastic, but AFAIK she hasn't offered to kill anyone. yet. HTH!
oh, and i'd like to introduce you to my good friend the apostrophe. he's a sweet, adorable little chap and, while some folks find him addictive and are wont to abuse him, there's no need for you to fear him. HAND!

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
oh, and i'd like to introduce you to my good friend the apostrophe. he's a sweet, adorable little chap and, while some folks find him addictive and are wont to abuse him, there's no need for you to fear him. HAND!

whoa there shelly, slow down a bit. he still hasn't mastered the art of the two sided conversation. you can't expect him to get something as difficult as the apostrophe...
kelly
the squash
(if i see another sign advertising "Latte's", i'm going to puke)
whoa there shelly, slow down a bit. he still hasn't mastered the art of the two sided conversation. you can't expect him to get something as difficult as the apostrophe...

true, though befriending the apostrophe might help him in his mastering of the two-sided conversation. ah well, a foul wench can dream, can't she?
(if i see another sign advertising "Latte's", i'm going to puke)

i always have to mentally fill in "what" (as in what, exactly, belongs to the Latte?). otherwise, i get hung up on it and it's stuck in my brane for the rest of the day.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
i always have to mentally fill in "what" (as in what, exactly, belongs to the Latte?). otherwise, i get hung up on it and it's stuck in my brane for the rest of the day.

OCD much? :-)
-kelly
OCD much? :-)

**** would you think that?!

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
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