Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Western Massachusetts
There is not much you can do if they are not willing.
However, you could tell them that the female only needs to break the skin on one person and a lawsuit is *unavoidable*. What happens is the person goes to the ER, the ER has to report it, and the medical insurance company sues the owner's homeowner's insurance company for reimbursement. That's just standard procedure. The person (or their parent) is understandably traumatized and lawyers up, the lawyer sues (your homeowner's insurance company), which pays out, typically between $25 and $100 THOUSAND DOLLARS. You will be very surprised to find out how many nice friendly people will sue you for $100,000 if they think they may have a case. Then your insurance doubles or triples for several years, and if you get rid of the dog or keep it from biting someone else in that time, it goes back down again. That's just the civil side of it.
In your state it may be required that the police AND animal control pay you a home visit. Depending on your state laws, the confinement system in place, and the severity of the bite, the dog may be confiscated and euthanized or you may get one or two more chances.
Why yes, I have a biting dog, why do you ask?
The male would probably do fine with a (different) experienced, strong-minded owner. The female can only be saved with professional training help and maybe not then. The fact that she is showing aggression at such a young age is a big red flag. Both these dogs also need a great deal more exercise than I am sure they are getting.
Perhaps you could offer to take the pups and in return give them a small, sweet, docile dog? Of course, then the dogs are your problem.
Having been in dog training circles for about 45 years, I can say from your description that the chances of these people even being able to handle the male alone is fairly slight, unless they make a commitment to take him to good weekly training classes for at least a year, practice their training homework every day, totally change their daily handling technique, and give the dog at least an hour of vigorous exercise every day. Which, c'mon, is unlikely.
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