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Is it possible to rehabilitate "unsound" dogs?

Discussion in 'Dog Debates' started by Nyli, May 2, 2013.

  1. Nyli

    Nyli Little Dog

    Is it possible to rehabilitate "unsound" dogs?

    I don't know if unsound is the right word exactly. People on here often say that HA dogs should be put down. But you also have some people who say that the reason a dog might by aggressive is from some kind of mistreatment or abuse in it's past and that people should give them a chance to be rehabilitated with the help of a behaviorist. There are also dogs that have some extreme fearful behavior to the point where they can barely function and pretty much any behavior that would make a dog be classified as unsound or unstable.

    My question is not whether they should be put down but rather with enough time and effort do you think it is at all possible to rehabilitate an unsound pit bull? Would your opinion change if the question was applied to all breeds dogs and not just pit bulls?
  2. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    Too many temperamentally sound DOGS (especially bull breeds) out there to spend all that time, money, and effort trying to rehab an unstable/potentially dangerous dog. Plus, I don't know about you, but I'd never fully trust a dog that was once considered untrustworthy.
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  3. marriss770

    marriss770 Good Dog

    There are way too many awesome dogs out there. Personally, I wouldn't take the chance on owning an unsound dog, no matter the training. I have too many people and things going on around my home to take the chance. I prefer to adopt sound dogs with no issues
  4. catchrcall

    catchrcall Good Dog Staff Member

    Damaged goods is damaged goods. Move on to the next one.
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  5. marriss770

    marriss770 Good Dog

    Oh and for the record, that would apply to any breed or mix
  6. LeTigra

    LeTigra Good Dog


    Why keep a dangerous dog when so many good ones are out there??

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  7. Nyli

    Nyli Little Dog

    I personally totally agree with you guys. But I'm asking do you think it's possible. Not if you yourself would do it.
  8. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    I did answer your question. Rehab MAY be possible with SOME dogs, but would you really trust it in the end?
  9. marriss770

    marriss770 Good Dog

    I think anything is possible.
  10. _unoriginal

    _unoriginal Cow Dog

    A dog that is just wired wrong despite the very best training with the very best handlers will still be wired wrong. You can't rewire a dog.
  11. Nyli

    Nyli Little Dog

    God no. I've said it before on here and to my friends and family. If I ever couldn't trust Romeo he'd be PTS in a second. I got called heartless by one person but honestly to me as much as I love Romeo it's just not worth anyone's safety.

    Just wondering if anyone here believes it can be done.
  12. marriss770

    marriss770 Good Dog

    I think there are lots of variables and what one would define as unsound. I've already said that I would bow out adopting a dog that wasn't bomb proof. That doesn't mean someone else might take the chance at buying or adopting a dog with issues. Personally, I think there are too many good dogs out there to do so, but lots of people like a challenge....and may have more time, expertise or patience than me.
  13. marriss770

    marriss770 Good Dog

    If unsound means HA, than absolutely no way, ever. But a dog with issues could be worked with. Maybe the OP needs to define unsound
  14. Nyli

    Nyli Little Dog

    Sorry I was trying to be clear but I have an awful hard time sometimes. I honestly don't know how most people would define unsound. Just that when I think of an unsound dog I think of a dog that's not quite wired right and could be dangerous if not managed in a way that goes above and beyond how you would manage any other dog. (although I know required management is different for different breeds) or a dog that's temperament (in the case of extreme fearfulness) prevents it from being able to live a relatively normal existence. Does that make any more sense or did I make it more confusing? I have a hard time expressing myself sometimes sorry.
  15. marriss770

    marriss770 Good Dog

    Dangerous to people?
  16. Nyli

    Nyli Little Dog

    Yeah a dog that was dangerous to people I would consider unsound but that wouldn't be the only thing I'd consider unsound.

    Do you think that distinction matters? That HA = PTS. But other issues even if they signify an unstable mind can be rehabilitated?
  17. marriss770

    marriss770 Good Dog

    I think any human aggressive dog is dangerous and therefore unstable and should be euthanized!!! Otherwise I think working with other issues is possible
  18. Kahne

    Kahne Good Dog

    Weakness is temperament will ALWAYS show under stress, I truly believe that.

    I think that with the right training and with a TON of time and work many "unsound" dogs could be "rehabilitated" to the point of living a decent life BUT what I think it really comes down to is how many owners are out there that will really continue to put work into the dog and keep others and the dog it self safe. A unsound dog does not just one day become sound it would be a life commitment to constant training. It is hard enough to get your common dog owner to take more than a Puppy K class never mind work with a dog everyday.
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  19. marriss770

    marriss770 Good Dog

    ^^^ this!!!
  20. MJJean

    MJJean GRCH Dog

    A dog that has bitten or made a serious attempt to bite a person from fear, past abuse, or simply HA to a degree? Nope. PTS. Sure, an owner could try rehabbing the dog, but the reality is that the dog is not ever going to be totally right in the head and untrustworthy. Not worth the risk of a future bite.

    A dog that is fearful but has shown no indication of it's fear making it miserable or making it behave in a fear aggressive manner? I would try to rehab. If it was so fearful or showing fear aggression I'd PTS.

    Most of the time when I tell people to get a behaviorist for a FA or HA dog it's because I am hoping they will find a good one who will tell them to euth.

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