: My 4 year old male Boerboel is biting people, what do i do?
I have a 4 year old Boerboel, male, amazing animal, the problem is that he is biting people. if anyone comes around to our house, i have to lock him in the garage, because of the fear of him attacking somebody. Please can smoeone help me, i dont want to get rid of him because he is an amazing watch dog and protects my family so well.
We moved into a town house complex just after the puppy training ended, there were children in the complex that used to tease Rossi and threw stones at him over the wall. Rossi could not get to them because of a locked gate and walled garden. this happened for about 8 months to a year.
We moved from there and back into a house and this is when we realized the problem, he has started biting people approx. a year ago. he gets really angry when a child is visiting, ages from babies to approx 13 years old. The hair on the back of his neck stands up and he just wants to attack. Recently he bit my son in the face, left a hole in his cheek, but Rossi was asleep at the time and my son stuck up on him and Rossi woke up with a fright and attacked. he has bitten a family member, our maid, and really goes for anyone who doesn't live on the property.
I am petrified that he is going to turn on either myself, my wife, or one of our children. not been a small dog, he is very hard to handle. so if fa
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Answer by koehlerdogtraining ©
He can't protect your family if he's locked up in the garage. Contact a trainer and get him into a class, or a board and train arrangement, or arrange for some private training ... just get-r-done.
With your added information, Devon, and considering the depth of my real world experience working with such dogs (thank you, Lorraine) my opinion doesn't change; except to add the following.
Probems such as what you describe can be dealt with in as little as ten weeks using the board and train services of an experienced trainer who specializes in bite work, or thirteen weeks using the services of a trainer who is comfortable with your handling skills and who will work with you to teach you how to work your own dog. Either way, the solution is exactly the same ... you set-up trials designed to allow the dog to learn to become more discriminate, and then allow the dog to experience the consequential results of its own actions. It isn't all that hard.
Of course, the alternate 'fix' is to look your dog in the face and let him know that you have failed as the owner of a hard-dog and so now you choose to kill him under the guise of euthanasia (assumes, of course, that you understand that passing him off to someone else would be an act of questionable ethics).
So, Devon, you have two choices here ... find the dog the training help he needs so that he can keep his place at your side, or kill him. Again, one or the other, get-r-done. Hopefully before he hurts someone.
Oh, and know this, some folks don't like the idea of homeowners having protective dogs at home, and would lobby (aggressively) against your right to own one.
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