JaderBug Posted November 22, 2011 Report Share Posted November 22, 2011 Would you steal a dog to save it from a bad situation? A friend of mine's parents have a dog that is essentially being mentally/emotionally abused. The dog is a one year old intact English Shepherd male who has not been properly raised- the owners did a lot of inappropriate things with him at a young age and pretty much set him up for failure. The (male) owners teased him a lot, and by tease I mean intentionally scaring and bullying him and were getting fear-aggressive/fear-reactive behaviors as a result, because 'it was funny.' They also would set him up for failure when he was young by driving very loud machinery around him without any reassurances or any way to get away or escape from the situation (read: tethered), he would just panic. Now the dog is a year old and is acting aggressive to the bigger male members of the family, including baring teeth, growling, and recently trapping/cornering. He is fine with women and kids, but not alright with bigger louder men (whose effing fault it is that he's like this in the first place). My friend's dad wants him to be a cattle dog and help around the farm, however he isn't willing to work with the dog or fix any of his mistakes. Think about the most stubborn and pig-headed person you've ever met... this guy is worse. There is absolutely no sense to any of it. Wants results but doesn't want to put any time or effort into him. He has had ESs before and have been good working dogs for him, but for some reason he's being a total jerk to this dog. My friend has had absolutely zero luck/progress/anything in getting her dad to realize the consequences of his actions, this is an absolutely no-win situation for the poor dog. We are worried that her dad's behavior is one day going to result in him getting bitten and the dog will end up with a bullet in his head, which her dad caused from the beginning. Not the dog's fault, and my friend is at the end of her rope, she doesn't know what to do for the dog anymore. Her dad will not even consider anything she tells him, she's also desperately been trying to convince them to neuter him. If he stays in that situation, it is honestly only a matter of time before something bad happens. I am seriously considering assisting in a dog-napping here (because, hey, dog thefts DO happen...) to try and save this poor boy from a situation where he will only lose. Of course I think that would only result in him going out and getting another ES, and round and round we go. What would you do? What do you think? (ETA: The dog has adequate food, water, and shelter... to my knowledge there is no physical abuse going on. Just the ruining of an innocent dog.) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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