I've always struggled with the idea that we want to keep pets under the same roof that want to destroy each other. I wonder if that is "healthy" for the dogs? Thoughts?
Dogs who want to kill each other are a pain in the rear but it often comes with the territory.I doubt someone brings a dog home knowing it is going to try his hardest to kill another, in the house.It is not a good selling point.
But once you find out the dog in question is heavily dog aggressive what do you do? To find a decent home is not easy at all.
My Jack came in as a foster and spent 11 months living peacefully with my older male.Slept together, ignored each other, good body language, not a single issue.No reason to separated them.One day he grabbed the old male out of nowhere, by the neck, and it took a breaking stick to separate them.Because of the level and intensity of the aggression, and the fact that it had no triggers, no reason and zero warnings, that was the last time they were in close contact.
Jack's dog aggression increased with the time, as he matured.Right now this dog lives behind a 8 foot fence and inside a home with several tall metal gates.He goes in the yard, paired with only one of the females.If the other female or the rest of the males needs out Jack is put into a separated yard with locking gate.Locked in a room or covered kennel if I leave and has to be carefully managed both in my home and around other dogs (obedience classes for example).
Given the opportunity he can be a liability and therefore finding a different home is not an option.He has troubled me at times and I sure would like for him to be less dog aggressive but I don't feel to pass him onto someone else.Like I said, a multiple pit bull home require that people are aware of the risks.You can raise a dog from a puppy and still end up with a dog aggressive animal.Or you can pull a dog who seems reasonable and end up with an idiot.Mind you, I crate only one dog during the week, for a maximum of 4 hours per day.We have random sonic booms and that dog has sound phobias so being inside a crate means he is prevented from hurting himself.
Certainly, if I could not offer anything better than crating long hours I would not have more than one dog.The dogs here are happy and there is 5 of them.Nothing unhealthy about the way they are kept.They all get one on one time, exercise, socialization, obedience classes, long walks out in the desert.The only thing some of them cannot do is to be near one another.