Join Date: Jul 2012
Dogs Name: Jodi
Dogs Age: 4 months
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You have every right to say no if you don't feel safe to watch after Ghetto for your dad. Like others have mentioned before, you are an adult and you have the right to say no and make decisions for yourself. I just don't understand why your father doesn't discipline Ghetto (If he doesn't) and defend the dog over you, when you have evidence that Ghetto is aggressive and bitten you 5 times. It sounds rough and mean to some point, but if your father gets mad at you for not watching his dog, tough luck for him. He won't get anybody else watch his dog if his dog is going to continue behave like that. It may hurt to see your father mad all the time, but looks like he'll have to learn the hard way and he doesn't get things he wants his way.
Do you perhaps know how Ghetto became aggressive? Did it start with the bone? I think this aggression issue can be solved, but your father will have to be the one to do it. After all, he is the dominant one in the pack (Hopefully he is, and not Ghetto dominating over your father) and he should be setting the rules for Ghetto. Dogs need a dominant male in a pack and your father should be that alpha male.
I also don't think getting rid of the bone will solve the aggressive behavior over protecting his objects. It's most likely he'll find something else to guard, such as perhaps his food bowl, favorite toy, etc. My dog had an aggression over his objects. He would bite anybody if they were even near him (Not as bad as Ghetto, I admit) but he wouldn't have behaved if I didn't discipline him and set the boundaries.
Feeling down? Saddle up, It is the only cure.
Last edited by iHeartKyu; 11-24-2012 at 12:42 PM.