Update On Rocky

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  1. BigDog2191

    BigDog2191 Big German Shepherd

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    Here goes:

    Yesterday just when I thought his food-aggression was going well I decided to test him. He lunged at me and tried to attack me. Today, my breeder said to give Rocky a bop on the nose when he tries to nip, since nothing else has worked, why not? When I did, he tried to bite me angrily.

    Basically, I feel I don't have the experience and just... capability to deal with a dog such as Rocky. I believe it was a mistake getting a 6 week old challenging breed such as a German shepherd. I've talked to a lot of professional trainers, some on this board, tried all sorts of suggestions to deal Rocky with. Oh well... none worked. Maybe it's just me-- since this is my very first dog.

    I feel Rocky needs someone with a lot of experience--someone who will do him more justice.

    So, much to many peoples belief I believe Rocky's breeder is the right person-- maybe not the best breeder in the world-- but he truly cares about his dogs. I can say this confidently by his actions towards his dogs and from what I've seen of the dogs myself. When he called he coincidentally mentioned that if I ever wanted to rehome Rocky to give him to him. He said he'd even pay to have him.

    Anyway, I feel much better giving Rocky to my breeder, someone with about 30 years experience with GSD's than any shelter-- at least I know he'll live. And from what I've seen, a good life.

    That's the update...

    And that is what I plan on doing. Thank you to those of you who helped during Rocky's trials and tribulations with me. Thank you Renee and Saje, two of the nicest people on this board and ones who helped me a TON. Thank you Chazhound Dog Forum.
     
  2. yuckaduck

    yuckaduck Guest

    You don't have to leave us because of this you know. You are still welcome here, I for one think you are very responsible and deserve a pat on the back for making such a tough decision. Perhaps we can help you through this time as well.
     
  3. Saje

    Saje Island dweller

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    BigDogDaddy, you know we love you and will help you through this. If this is the best option for you then we absolutely support it. I really hope you won't leave the forums though. You are still a dog lover and there are other dog lovers here that don't have dogs. You can still be our friend and discuss other breeds... rescues... whatever! You never know what will happen but I'd hate to not hear from you. :D

    Lots of hugs. I know this is hard for you. At least Rocky will be safe and you'll be able to have contact! I really want you to be able to call and find out how Rocky's doing... and maybe even visit. That would make me really happy.
     
  4. keyodie

    keyodie Keyozilla

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    I'm glad you're happy about your decision! I wouldn't have been able to make that decision myself as well as you handled it. But you don't have to leave Chazhound just because you don't have a dog. You still care about dogs, and you can still help others through their decisions as well! :)
     
  5. Fran27

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    It's really great that the breeder is willing to get him back. I totally understand the problem, as Boris tends to get agressive when we try to take something he stole from him. Although it's rare and it can be avoided by trading with a treat, I can very well imagine that it could get pretty far, and sometimes I'm worried about it, even though I've never had any problem personally, only my husband has. But I hope you will stay too.
     
  6. nedim

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    Dude, you're not really leaving are you? You made the best decision for Rocky, that took heart. We love having you here. I love having your insight on various topics, you're very smart.
     
  7. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    You can't leave. I forbid it, lol! I don't like losing my kids ;)

    Nedim is right; that took heart, and a great deal of love and unselfishness.
     
  8. juliefurry

    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    BigDog I competely understand where you are coming from. I know it is a hard and difficult decision to make to give your dog up but it is the best for Rocky. It is very brave of you to do this. I went through the same thing with my pit mix Mack we tried everything we could to help him but nothing worked. Although Mack's breeder wouldn't take him back because he was neutered (which made me REALLY mad). Although ina few days he'll be going to live with someone who knows and loves pitbulls and all the bully breeds so I'll know he'll be in good hands. Good for you for making the right decision, and I hope you still join us on the forum.
     
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  9. BigDog2191

    BigDog2191 Big German Shepherd

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    I'm not leaving. This place is like family.
     
  10. nedim

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    Glad to hear it :D
     
  11. juliefurry

    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    That's good you're not going to leave us. Although you never really did say that you WERE leaving us but oh well. We were just making it clear that you CAN'T leave us.
     
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    I'm sorry things didn't work out they way you wanted them to...
     
  13. RD

    RD Are you dead yet?

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    BigDog I tend to agree with your decision - a large herding breed is just way too much dog for most people, especially first time dog owners. I'm sorry you are having to give up your baby, it's so hard to do. :(

    I am very glad, though, that you were able to make this decision, and I'm glad that Rocky is going to be able to be in an experienced home - you might even be able to stay in contact with the breeder and see Rocky every once in a while. :)
     
  14. Mordy

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    glad you finally got a hold of the breeder and he will take rocky back. i think it's the best solution for everyone involved. :)
     
  15. avenlee

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    What a hard decision to make. I believe it was the right thing to do and I applaud your maturity to make it. I'm so glad your still sticking around. We'll miss your horribly if your were to leave.
     
  16. BigDog2191

    BigDog2191 Big German Shepherd

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    Well, here's some news that I've already told a couple of my close friends on Chazhound:

    He's leaving on Monday. I'm a li'l sad and was starting to get mixed feeling about the situation. But I know, it's for the best. I know if I keep him things won't progress... and possibly may get worst.

    Ask Renee for a better explanation. ;)

    But as of now... that's what's goin' on.
     
  17. yuckaduck

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    Oh thank goodness, I thought you were suggesting that you were leaving us and that would be a tragedy.
     
  18. yuckaduck

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    We don't need an explaination, you have made the right choice and we support you.
     
  19. bubbatd

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    Your decision is the way to go , Big... so hard for you and for us too as we've grown to love both of you. Glad you're staying with us. A hug to you both !! Grammy.
     
  20. Martine

    Martine Trained by an Airedale

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    Really glad you're not going, and well done you for making that hard decision, sounds like the right one for Rocky.
     

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