Hi, its me... just here because I wanted to ask a question that is off topic. I was doing some reading on aggressiveness in dogs and I am trying to figure out why my father's dog, Ghetto, a boxer/pit/bulldog, would bite me 5 times for no reason. Here's a pic of his recent bite which was last December.
When he bit me then, I was home alone (at the time living with my father) and my father was gone for the weekend. Now, even though I know Ghetto would become extremely possessive over ONLY rawhide bones, we had to stop giving them to him. It became so that we had to walk atleast 5-8 feet away from him when he'd have one or he'd act like he was gonna bite your ankle.
At work, my boss had bought a jumbo candy cane bag with presents for dogs inside and.... even though I knew we stopped giving it to him, it was his christmas gift. I honestly was just trying to make him feel special when daddy's not around.
So, I was sitting on the couch watching t.v. Ghetto was chewing his bone near the kitchen. When my show was done I started to get up. But before I could even get my butt out the chair HE LUNGES for me. I dodged the first attack but he came at me again and got my thigh. Then he was still coming after me I had to jump on the dining table! I was literally up there for 5 minutes. Every time I tried to get down he would run to the table.
His cage was next to the dining table and his leash was on top. I grabbed it, knowing that whenever he sees his leash he automatically wants to go outside, forgetting everything. I lasso it around his head, and as soon as i did that he started walking toward the back door, while im still on the table. Luckily I was able to open the door while still on the table. I jumped off and tied him up outside. Called dad and told him he's staying tied up till he gets him so you need to come home now!
Now, my question is, since I moved out, I am even more extremely uncomfortable to be around Ghetto and my dad DOES NOT UNDERSTAND that. He keeps making excuses. He said I never should have bought it. I said" I didnt know he was gonna attack me!" In the past when we gave him one he would only try to bite our feet as we walk past, he's never actually bit me. The first time he bit me because I picked him up, thinking we were friends. The 2nd time he was on the couch and wouldn't get off on command so when i grabbed his collar he bit me. The 3rd time I woke up for work and he's at the end of my bed and I know he's mad because I use to let him sleep in my bed, but my dad said not to anymore because he doesn't listens when he tells him to get off. So that morning Ghetto tried to get on my bed and i had to push him off of the bed and then when I got up and was petting his head, I heard a growl and he bit my hand real bad... The 4th time... WE WERE PLAYING. we always played together, rough or playful. I was on the floor with him and he went into his cage to get his blanket and I told him " no, put it back." He did and then when he came out I went to close it and he attacked my ankle even worse! Out of the blue. I still have all 5 scars.
I dont know how to get dad to realize that now that I no longer live with him I want nothing to do with Ghetto. I don't know why he keeps defending him, i feel like he chose him over me. I had to be his chew toy for 2 years. I was working at the animal shelter too back them and when the Chief found out about the third time be wanted to put Ghetto down. But I didnt want to make my father mad. How do I tell him I dont like to be around him.
Im afraid to tell my dad that I dont even want to hug him in front of Ghetto because Im worried he's gonna attack my ankle.
What should I say? And whats up with Ghetto's behavior?
He could really really hurt someone one day. I know my dad likes that he protects him but being protective and vicious is two different things.