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What do I do? My son's AmStaff attacked a dog

November 10, 2009 | By Anne F. | 9 comments

My son moved back home to go to school over a year ago and brought his AmStaff (Ishi) with him. At first I was not happy at all, but soon fell in love with this dog. He is very attached to my son, and is a little depressed when he is at school or work. I tried to take him for walks but he is too strong for me. In the last month he bit a friend of ours who rode into our backyard on his bike. Just a few days ago I walked out our front door and there was someone walking by with his two dogs and Ishi shot out the door and attacked this man's black lab. It was over quickly but of coourse the lab needed a vet (he will be fine). Everyone now expects us to put Ishi down; it's the socially correct thing to do. Right now Ishi is in quarantine. My heart is broken, and I don't know what to do. Any advice from anyone is appreciated, please help.
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Lesleycurry
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Lesleycurry
4 years ago

Anyone who goes into someone's backyard who has a dog,shouldn't be surprised they got bit. Random people should not be walking into your backyard. Imagine if it was an unsavory character coming to rob your home. In that case, job well done Ishi. However, Ishi running into the frontyard and biting another dog needs to be stopped. He shouldnt be allowed to be people aggressive either but protecting his home is a different story. Pits and AmStaffs are inherently animal aggressive and need to be socialized very well. It's never to late to socialize. Please don't get me wrong though, some dogs of this breed don't necessarily need as much socializing as others.

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Lesleycurry
4 years ago

Get a friend with a dog Ishi has never met and start taking them for walks together. Do not let them greet nose to nose, just walk out the door and join the other person and dog side by side and keep on walking. Correct Ishi anytime he starts to focus intensely on the other dog. Try to get several people and dogs to practice this with. I recommend the Illusion collar( ceasar millans web site) or a Gentle Leader(Petsmart)to help you manage Ishi's strength. And most importantly, watch the Dog Whisperer! He is a genius, especially when it comes to strong breeds like the Am Staff or Pitbull. I have to Pits at home and they are the perfect balance. Bully breeds need a strong leader to be a good dog. Keep us posted.

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