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by missyfly96 on 09 September 2010 - 16:09

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I have a friend who has a German Shepherd that killed her toy poodle last weekend.
Do you think the dog should be put down or it it merely the owners fault?
Also, this is the second time this dog attacked this poodle.  The first time the poodle almost died and required surgery.

by beetree on 09 September 2010 - 17:09

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I would think it is up to the owners, and I would think it unwise to get another dog if they keep the GSD. And since this was a second offense, they knew the situation was dangerous for the poodle, and they did not take the proper steps to prevent it happening again. Their fault, not the dog's.

by liberty on 09 September 2010 - 17:09

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I do think it is the owner's responsibility. I had an ex boyfriend who's dog killed my cat and then when he was having an affair with his ex-girlfriend, the dog attacked her yorkie and had to be taken to the emergency vet. He joked about it and took absolutely no responsibility for either situation - even posting jokes on various forums. Unfortunately, he later allowed that dog to suffer and die without even taking him to the vet.....some owners amaze me and should never be allowed to own dogs.....

by Jenni78 on 09 September 2010 - 17:09

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 Why should TWO dogs die because of their owner's stupidity??? Why on Earth was those two ever allowed near each other again???

People are SO STUPID.

by liberty on 09 September 2010 - 17:09

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As a footnote - I never blamed the dog - I loved that dog - it was the owner that had no idea how to work with his dogs. Being prey animals, it is what it is. It is totally the owner's responsibility to train the dog and he did nothing to work with his dogs. His dogs were primarily a "show" for his own insecurities and something to own. It was very sad. After me and the ex - a new woman and too busy to care for his dog - let it lie suffering for over a day and die. The dog was a great dog and never deserved an owner like that.

by CrysBuck25 on 09 September 2010 - 17:09

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The owner's fault, and no, not sure that it should be put down.

They must have realized the two dogs could not be together, and by letting them be together, they knew the poodle was endangered.

Perhaps some training, and some education of animal behavior for the owners, and no other pets until this dog dies of old age.


by Slamdunc on 09 September 2010 - 18:09

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How stupid to put these dogs back together after the first incident.  No, the dog shouldn't be put down, he should be taken away from the irresponsible owners that let the poodle be killed.  Some people lack the common sense to own animals.  Amazing, to even consider putting the dog down....Find a new home for the dog with a more responsible family. 


by jc.carroll on 09 September 2010 - 18:09

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Truly, I think it depends on the nature of the attack; what precipitated the outburst.

Was it a prey-killing, a scuffle over resources, was the poodle pesting the GSD, or did the GSD just go after the poodle when it was doing nothing whatsoever, and attack it? Without knowing the behavioral trigger, I wouldn't want to say whether the dog should be put down or not. If the poodle is gnerally antagonistic towards the GSD, then it would be most reasonable to find a new home for the poodle, IMO.

Either way, I think the owners are responsible. If one dog attacked and almost killed another dog, then I'd like to think a savy owner would not put the dogs in a situation where the incident could repeat itself.

by Jenni78 on 09 September 2010 - 18:09

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 Jc, you didn't read it carefully; the poodle is DEAD. This is the SECOND TIME the GSD attacked it. How dumb are these people???

by GSDtravels on 09 September 2010 - 18:09

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Let the dog live, put the owners down!

by Doberdoodle on 09 September 2010 - 18:09

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Two choices
1) the dog is put down- it is a danger to other dogs, and is in the hands of irresponsible people.  Do they want to have a lawsuit because their dog killed someone elses pet?  Dogs get loose, etc, and this can happen again.
2) Strict management- training, managing the dog, supervising and secure fencing, and keeping it as an only dog in the household.  But like I mentioned, even attempts at management can fail, someone forgets to close a door all the way and that's it.

If I were these owners, I would have to take an honest look at my part in the situation, and why I didn't train the dog properly or why I wasn't supervising these animals.  I would not want to kill my dog because of a series of mistakes I made.

by yellowrose of Texas on 09 September 2010 - 18:09

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Amen and amen to gsdtravels and jENN Jenn.....for 35 years i HAVE HAD COCKER SPANIELS AND GSD ...DO I EVER LET ANYONE OF THEM TOGETHER    NO NO NO NO NO







by missyfly96 on 09 September 2010 - 18:09

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The reason I ask, I have nothing to do with this dog.  I met this lady 2 years ago when I was going to adopt this dog (at the time 1 1/2 yrs old).  She looked me up again begging me to take this dog and explained all this to me.  Some people told her to put the dog down some say no.  I personally agree with you all it is totally her fault.  From what I understand the first time was over a bone, the second time she left them alone in the yard while she ran inside.  So don't really know what caused it the second time.  She does not seem to have a very good understanding of dogs.  This dog is a wild child she can't even get the dog to sit to put a collar on.  I was just curious what everyone thinks.  I think to dog should go to a better home with someone that will take the time to train her.

by yellowrose of Texas on 09 September 2010 - 18:09

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You need to walk way away from this..unless you have years of experience with dogs...expecially the breed....leave we say

Put your head on instead of your HEART

by GSDtravels on 09 September 2010 - 18:09

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Hope the dog finds a sensible new home! 

by Abhay on 09 September 2010 - 19:09

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by JakodaCD OA on 09 September 2010 - 19:09

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owners fault, stupid owner, the dog needs to be with someone who understands dogs.  Sad for the poodle tho.

by Schaferhunden on 09 September 2010 - 19:09

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Small dogs ( 20 lbs. or less) can be mistaken for prey and can be attacked or even killed! Do not leave a German Shepherd with a small dog without supervision! Small dogs like (Yorkshire terrier -Chihuahua -Daschounds) get up in the German Shepherds face and challenge them and then the German Shepherd will bite and can kill them!

by Gemini on 09 September 2010 - 20:09

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You have to protect smaller animals. That is the responsibilty of a pet owner. I have a 1 yr old GSD and an 8 year old beagle. I like them to be together but at I owe it to my beagle to be able to protect her always. It is not fare to her to not protect her and she gets hurt or killed. And the same for my Shepherd. It is not fare to leave them together then when something bad happens my GSD faces punishment. you have to take 100% control and responsibility when owning animals. Something much too many take way too lightly. But not sure if the GSD should or should not be put down. Depends on alot of variables.

by Trololo on 09 September 2010 - 21:09

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Ha ha.
It's was more than likely being defensive, and as a big dog, he/she might not have known its own strength against a teeny dog.
So my answer is,
No, they'd be stupid to put it down, losing both dogs.
Would you shoot a lion who was protecting his territory, against a younger male lion?
No.. It's nature, these things happen, learn from it, tell them not to get other ***edited by mod.  for inappropriate language*** dogs around that dog.
; D

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