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

November 10, 2009 | By Anne F.

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.
Maddy S.
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Maddy S.
5 years ago

I had a friend who went through the same thing with her dog and it ended up breaking her heart to put him down. I think that if you can find a way for her to either go to a good dog trainer or even find her a good home in the country that would be the best. There’s no reason a dog should be put down if there’s a way to save the dog and still keep things safe for everyone.
I wish you the best do what your heart says is right

Bart O.
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Bart O.
5 years ago

It sounds like Ishi hasn't been properly socialized. Enroll her in an obedience class and work your way up to getting her canine good citezenship award. It is natural for a pit to be aggresive to other dogs, but not towards humans. The fact that she bit a human could mean she is unstable and unsuitable to be around people. I would be more concerned about the fact she bit a human. If the authorities don't make you put her down, which they might, you have an obligation to get this dog tested by an expert to see if she is stable enough to be around people. Pits need alot of socialization at an early age with both people and dogs. If they don't get it they are not safe. I am really bothered that she bit a person. She might be the result of bad breeding. And there is really nothing you can do about that exept to put her down for the safety of others. Not something anyone wants to hear, but the safety of others should come first.

Anne F.
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Anne F.
5 years ago

My friend who was bitten rode his bike into our backyard with his helmet and sunglasses on while calling out to us. Not offering an excuse for Ishi's behavior at all just trying to understand it to see if it can be changed. I think he scared him (both of them!). I do plan on having a trainer evaluate Ishi when he gets out of jail. Ishi has dog friends and lives with our other dog and two cats and chickens. It is just hard to believe he did this when the previous night he crawled into my lap and started licking my face. Or, the picture I took recently with him, our other dog, and our cat all sleeping together on the couch. It makes me very sad.

Rachel G.
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Rachel G.
5 years ago

The sunglasses and hat may have played a part in it. It may have thrown Ishi off and scared him into acting. He may also have an abused background with men wearing hats. People still startle my dog and he'll run up barking at them until he sees their face.

Rachel G.
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Rachel G.
5 years ago

here's nothing "socially acceptable" about euthanizing an animal. Without sounding judgmental I'll give you some tips. Your son probably took Ishi everywhere with him. Try crate training him when your son is gone, this will help with him being anxious. Next, if you want to take him for a walk, try a gentle leader (like a Halti) this will really help with the pulling. AmStaff's and other bully breeds are typically known to be dog aggressive (not all of them of course). Try taking Ishi to a trainer. I know a great one! Josh from Pitts Pack Leading is an expert on Pit Bulls and other bully breeds. www.pittspackleading.com/ Also, check out Dog Scouts who meets every Saturday in Chico. It's a great way to help socialize Ishi and work on commands and behavior problems (same website as above)

Remember, pretty much everything is preventable with a dog (unless it's a rough case fight victim - but look at them they recover too!)
-Rachel

EmiIa
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EmiIa
5 years ago

I am so sorry this happened
I would reccomend the Ian Dunbar dog aggression videos
hopefully this isn't the end for Ishi

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