• We have had an incident with our dog biting the neighbor on the arm and it was really bad and unprovoked. Our dog has been attacked twice by other dogs one at a park and another during a walk. Ever since the. He is fine around us but we can’t take him anywhere. He snaps at people and has even grabbed the bottom of a long jacket of a person we were standing at a corner waiting to cross the street. I am not sure what to do. If we need to put him down. There are children next door and it would have been horrible if it happened to one of them.

    Hi Gina,

    I am sorry that you are dealing with this. Behavioral issues with aggression are scary for everyone involved. I recommend that you talk to your local veterinarian about this issue. They can get a complete behavioral history from you which can help to reveal the underlying cause for the aggression. Once that is determined the treatment will then be based on the trigger of the behavior and the environment that he is exposed to. Usually the treatment is a combination of medications and behavior modification. Depending on the overall circumstances your vet may refer you to a behavior specialist for further care. Your vet or a behavioral specialist will be able to give you a better prognosis on if this is something that can be treated once they know more about the underlying circumstances involved.

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