He is good with Harlow, but is never left with her unsupervised. I don't know how he would be with male dogs, or other dogs for that matter. Honestly, he is a people-dog. I'm confident he would be best as the only dog in a household, but exceptions could be made if he just absolutely fell in love with the adopter's current dog.
It's my responsibility to disclose that Boss has in fact bitten me twice. However, neither bite broke my skin, just left a little bit of a bruise.
It seems that the first time was out of fear...I was leading him into his crate before he learned to "go in his bed", and he turned and bit. When I reflect on it, I think my putting hands on him felt threatening to him, and the bite was a defense.
The second time we were playing. I reached down to grab a toy after he backed away from it, and he bit. He could have been guarding the toy, or could have simply gotten too excited in play. After all, he didn't even know HOW to play, or what toys were before he came here.
With that being said, I realize that both instances were entirely my fault. We have worked VERY hard with him on the biting issue. Those were the only two incidents we have had, and both happened months ago.
He needs to go to an experienced home. To someone who uses ONLY positive reinforcement training, and who understands and accepts the issues he has, and has overcome.
Boss is not an active dog. He doesn't need walks, he doesn't compete. Because he is a bit brachycephalic he tires after a short amount of exertion, and snores like a freight train. All he really needs someone to love him as much as we do, and that is able to give him more time and attention than we are able to. I don't feel like our situation of crating and rotating him and Degan & Harlow is fair to any of them, but especially to Boss because he is so connected to, and dependent on his people.
I prefer him to go to someone in my general area...just in case. It will be contracted with whoever adopts him that he WILL come back to me if he ever needed to be rehomed. Plus, I would like know I could visit him if I ever felt up to it.
merriterrier wrote:Have you considered contacting a rescue and having them courtesy list him for you?
merriterrier wrote:Honestly you have a lot of really specific requirements. Which is understandable (and good). But it is going to make him a much harder dog to place. Here are some considerations.
Experienced homes typically already have a dog (or 2) that is part of the reason they are experienced. There are quality experienced homes without other dogs, but let's be honest, experienced homes typically want dogs who can do things like compete, not work out a laundry list of problems. You may be able to find one of the few experienced homes with no dogs who want a project, but it might be hard. His issues go beyond DA which is relatively easy to manage.
A dog with a bite history is a liability. Even though we as dog people can see how the instances you mentioned were not his fault, the rest of society doesn't see it that way. They see another Pit Bull who bites. This will make it imperative that he only be placed in a responsible home or he could become another bite statistic. You personally could even be responsible financially if he bites someone after adoption.
I'm not trying to tell you what to do. Those are just a couple observations based on this post only. Sorry, I don't know any other background info.
Did you get him intending to adopt him out, or did you get him as a member of your family?
pitsnok wrote:But then the biting issue happened. I went back and forth for weeks about whether he needed to be put down, or kept, could he be adopted, or did we now have to keep him, etc. I even had a forum friend in Maryland offer to take him on, as she's very experienced with these situations, and I'm not. I took advice of others and practiced NILIF, crate games, lots of treats, etc...and since then he has done a complete 180. This is the situation that I refer to requiring an 'experienced' owner. I'm not talking someone who shows and competes... I don't think those are the only things that qualify someone as experienced. Especially not in our area. We really don't have a lot of dog sports or activities. Pretty much everyone just has pet dogs... and Boss is perfect for that...When I say an 'experienced person', I just mean a responsible 'dog person' who gets the situation.
Honestly you have a lot of really specific requirements. Which is understandable (and good). But it is going to make him a much harder dog to place. Here are some considerations.
merriterrier wrote:I wasn't trying to be hard on you. sorry if it came off as such.
No, not all experienced homes compete, but a lot do, and a lot don't want a problem dog. Most "experienced" homes know what a liability a dog who has bit someone in the face is. Even if you have NILF'ed it away, you don't know what will happen outside of the safe environment of your home/family. Dogs backslide.
merriterrier wrote:Well, good luck with him.
I hope all your work was effective!
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