+Criminal Posted December 31, 2003 Share Posted December 31, 2003 (edited) It breaks my heart to write this, but we have no other choice right now. Patch the SuperDog has to find a new home. The night before last he (again) bit Connor (age 10) and we ended up in the ER to have it checked out. Connor is fine but he’s a little nervous around Patch now. The incident stems from the Alpha order in our home, and Patch’s understanding of where his place is. Connor has always been submissive to the puppy, he and a friend even thought it funny to curl up on the floor and let the dog “hump” them. To the dog, this is a significant demonstration of submission (not sexuality) and he has outgrown his ability to understand its inappropriateness. The night before last we (finally) cooked our Christmas turkey and Patch was waiting somewhat patiently for a little of his own. We make a point of not feeding him from the table, but when Patti got up, Patch came up to investigate. Connor knelt on the floor (placing himself below the dog) and tried to push him away. The dog growled and bit him on the head, making a rather nasty wound. He will consistently growl at the boys if any of them try to mess with him while he’s eating. Both Patti and I can push him away from his food, pet him around the mouth, or even put our hands in his mouth without any problem. In this litigious society, it would not be a good idea for us to keep him where we live; there are simply too many children in this neighborhood. I have to stress that I have only seen this behavior when he thinks his food is challenged, and only by those he’s placed lower on the alpha order. Patch is half Catahoula Leopard and half black lab. He likes to run off leash and enjoys hiking. The pictures here are from the 12.5 mile hike we took to place the Marmot Pass Cache. He’s 9 months old, and about 65 pounds. A good home will probably not include young children, have plenty of room to run, and give him the attention he craves. You can contact me through email if you have any questions. Edited December 31, 2003 by Criminal Quote Link to comment
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