07-20-2010, 12:34 PM
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Well what's done is done I hope your dog gets a better home and you get a better dog. I'm not going to judge or say anything. I do believe you were well intentioned and all you wanted was a happy home where all your pets would get along or at least tolerate each other.
Just some piece of advice for the next dog:
When you go to pick the dog, no matter if it's an adult from a rescue or a pup, test its temperament. Sounds to me like Duke was a dominant energetic dog, and you could not handle this combo very well.
In this case, try and avoid terriers and terrier mixes, border collies etc, high prey-drive breeds
When you get to the dog and see it for the first time, stop.
See what he's doing. Is he coming over? Is he running away? Is he coming dominant? (stare you in the eyes, tail up, etc)
Try to get a more mellow submissive dog. One that would approach you respectfully, sniff your hand but not start nipping at your fingers.
Turn the dog / pup belly up and hold him gently - don't choke like Cesar Milan! - for a few seconds. Is he putting up a big fight, growling? Not for you then
Is he struggling a bit but accepting and relaxing after? Good.
If you can, take him in for a trial. Most responsible breeders or rescues would understand this.
For the first 2 weeks LEAVE THE DOG ALONE. Keep him in a small paddock or something from where he can see everyone and introduce him gradually - leashed! - to all your other pets. Don't overwhelm your dog by pouring all your livestock , friends and neighbors in his space. Let him discover his new home gradually.
Do a lot of walks with him. Correct him with a firm NO if he lunges for something on leash. If he nips at you or gets rude while you play say NO again, cross your arms, turn your back to him and leave. This should easily replace the kick methods.
Things you should correct and not tolerate under any circumstances:
- dog jumping on you or your guests
- dog nipping too hard on you when playing
- dog growling at you under ANY circumstances. Even when you take fod from his bowl or from his mouth he should not growl. Make sure you check that before you take him. Bring some treats and take one from him (or try) to see how he reacts. If he snarls at you, don't take that dog.
- dog manifesting obsessive compulsive signs: chasing his tail a lot, panting maniacally, whining non stop, biting his leash a lot, etc. Maniacal behaviour.
After you guys got along, try and include him in your daily activities as much as possible. Do not allow him to chase anything. Even when he wants to help you. No.
Teach him a trick or two. The easiest is fetch. They're never too old to learn that I assure you.
In the hopes that my long novel did not arrive too late, I wish you good luck with your future dog.