Ask Victoria – Josephine (Alicante, Spain)

I’ve got a three year old husky who was abandoned as a puppy and found by the police, so we adopted her. While walking her when she was four months old, an Alsatian bit her, and since then she’s extremely aggressive towards dogs (but loving to humans).  I’ve tried training – though did not agree with the techniques – a swift kick to her rear end. She pulls a lot, and treats as a distraction haven’t worked.

Josephine from Alicante, Spain

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3 thoughts on “Ask Victoria – Josephine (Alicante, Spain)

  1. Karola Rabideau

    Hi, I had left you a message about my 7 year old beagle being agressive towards other dogs and being very nevous and unhappy in the city. He listens to every noise, is scarred and came out of a shelter from the woods.
    He was placed 3 times in a home but either not treated good or people wanted to put him down eventually because of a spinal injury. He can run is very happy in the country without the distraction of noises or other dogs.
    He had a little female as companien but sheis placed in the country. He bit her a few times in the house and she could not move or take any toy. He was on her with pure teeth several times. She could not touch, lick him at any way. I don't know what to do anymore. Place him in a checked loving country home or what??
    So far nobody wanted him because he stands kinked in the rear. I am desperate.

  2. Sarah

    Re: Karoloa

    Wait a minute, for some reason, no one wants a grumpy, nervous, middle aged, dog aggressive dog with a potentially cripplingly expensive medical condition?
    The odds of finding a farm with acres and acres of space, no dogs, residence with the time on their hands to take on a problem case and a burning desire for a city dog with no idea how to behave around livestock are slim to none. And there are no shortage of young, healthy sweet dogs in desperate need of homes. You don't want this problem, why should anyone without any emotional investment?
    Rehoming him is, realistically, pretty much out, though you can keep on trying, but four homes haven't worked, even if you can find a fifth, they're probably just going to be faced with the same problems as you down the road.
    Which leaves two choices: put him down, or get in a seriously good dog trainer and a veterinary behaviorist to work really intensively with him, to see if you can make things better. Which is going to be both expensive and a hell of a lot of work. He probably came to you with special needs which you may or may not have known the extent of when you took him on, but they are your problems now, which means either putting him to sleep, working with him really very hard, or accepting that you and your dog are going to stay miserable for the next seven or so years, and you can't have other dogs, or even have them in the house.
    Conformation issues are really the least of his problems, there's no way it's fair to unload him on a third (or fifth) party without them knowing the extent of what needs to be done.

  3. Karola Rabideau

    No. I do not completely agree. I feel it is a good amount my fault. I should have kept him when I picked him up at first. I saw that he liked the country so much and knew that he had had a hard life before and was abused.
    I was told by the shelter that he likes females and puppies both of which is not true. Nobody wanted him.
    I was also told by the shelter that the way he walks is just the way it is. I placed him on a farm, all was great till he got attacked by a wild cat. now he did not like the new owners cat anymore and after 2 weeks and she must have locked him up in a barn, she quickly returned him instead of working with this new problem.
    Second he was placed in a house with 11 kids with the female in the country. They must have neglected and mistreated him too, he attacked the female so bad that they wanted me to pick her up but wanted him. he was kept on a dirty condition, his hair was literally falling out and they absolutely wanted to keep him. When I saw in which shape he was in this family wanted 500 Dollars from me to get him back. He would not go to the bathroom outside anymore but they did not care. Too many stairs.for his back injury.
    So I took him back home. My sweet little female run for life. Her personality totaly changed and she could not do much at home anymore. The rest you know. Third, I found a familie in the country for both and a new dog. The new owners first said no agression anywhere and both well behaved. They where not home all day.
    He loved it. I made a mistake and was lonely after 20 years with dogs and wanted him back. This went on 3 times. My fault the back and forth. The second call the new owner said she would put him down as soon as the legs would get worse, I said I wanted him back than. Say never said they really loved him or would miss him but reassured me all the time whatever makes everybody happy. So say took him back and than on my request returned him to me again. Now he is a mess. He was uncertain without my little female anyways aand agressive towards all other dogs. She was the one who would walk first but was agitated by his agression towards other dogs. Shouldn't I have left him where he was happy now or would they have killed him by now.
    They said he wanted to have nothing to do with the other two dogs and 3 dogs is actually too much for them.
    When they dropped him off, he hated me and the woman just said: You are staying. They never told me anything sweet so I would leave things alone but I feel guilty and think I made matters worse.
    I have been working with treats and a clicker or just change direction. I now may change location to see if he is more happy.


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