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Q: How many think you can fix all behaviors in pets?

January 25, 2009 | By Pia S. | 15 answers | Expired: 1892 days ago

Pia S.

If your pet had a serious behavior problem, such as aggression, and killed another living being or animal or severely mutilated a child, person or other pet, would you euthanize your pet should it be recommended (obviously, not as a first choice). Do you feel all behaviors can be fixed?

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Liz C.
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Jan 29, 2009

I have to respond to Debi M. Please don't believe everything that you see on T.V.! Even the news can be incorrect. Believing that Cesar Millan can cure everything is like believing that Marcus Welby can cure cancer!!!

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Kris
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Jan 27, 2009

Great question. I think Liz an Marty below made some excellent points. I think many, but not all, behaviors can be fixed. I think you need to look into health issues (as some illnesses cause behavior problems and could be corrected), environment, and the possibility of training just to mention some considerations before euthanizing an animal. However, there are, unfortunately, some cases where that is the best option.

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Marty T.
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Jan 26, 2009

I totally agree with Liz C. on this. No need for further comment. Well said, Liz.

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Debi M.
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Jan 26, 2009

I'm convinced that 99% of all dog behavior can be corrected. Watch "The Dog Whisperer" on National Geographic Channel if you're not convinced

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Bella C.
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Jan 25, 2009

Um no. Who would think that?

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Liz C.
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Jan 25, 2009

Really good question! No I don't think that all behaviors can be fixed. They certainly can't with humans, and the fact is we know even less about the brains of dogs. This is why we have life sentences or the death penalty for humans. Can anyone say "Ted Bundy"? Sometimes the risk is just too great to the general population. I always ask myself if I would want my sweet little dog exposed to this if the behavior was supposedly "cured" or if I would recommend such a dog to a friend.

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Marty T.
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Jan 25, 2009

The first choice would be to find a professional to get an evaluation to see if there was help for the animal. I would hope this is what most people would do first, regardless of what happened.

If I got a recommendation to euthanize my dog over the phone, I would hang up instantly and look for someone else. How could someone evaluate my dog over the phone?

Once I found a reputable, experienced person, I would expect to get a full evaluation with a written report. If the recommendation was to euthanize the dog, I would expect that the person would ultimately leave the decision up to me and not tell me I have no other choice. It's my pet, I will make the decision.

I would probably then get a second opinion. If I got two recommendations that were similar, I would probably put my pet down, knowing I, at least, tried.

But, more importantly, I would have to ask myself - - Would "I" want to live next door to this dog? Would I feel safe having my children wandering around the neighborhood or having my dogs out, knowing that this dog had severely mutilated or killed another living being? Probably not. I couldn't live with myself. But, something is not right with an animal that kills!

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Rick H.
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Jan 25, 2009

If your pet killed somebody or severely mutilated somebody, you can pretty much guarantee that Animal Control will do what they can to have the dog euthanized. When a case is that severe, I don't think you can take the chance that the behavior can be corrected. You never know if the dog might turn again.

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Marta J.
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Jan 25, 2009

I think most problems can. So much depends on the methods and energy used. I think some dogs benefit from other dogs. They can be great teachers and be a good influence.

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Jay T.
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Jan 25, 2009

If I had a pet with a serious aggression issue and I was aware and working towards fixing this problem and the problem continues...

If I owned a dog that injured/mutilated a human especially a child. I would not be able to trust that dog and I would have to euthanize this animal.
I have to be a responsible pet owner and do the right thing for me, my family and the community at large.
I think some dog's behaviors can not be fixed. I am not sure why.


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