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Expensive dog fights

September 14th, 2015 at 12:45 am

We have owned labs for years. They are amazingly wonderful pets. Several months ago, DD3 brought a puppy into the fold- a Catahoula/pit mix. I am very leery of pits and their tendency for aggression.

Our labs and the pup have been just fine together until last weekend, when for some reason- we think one was playing and the other was protecting the hub to begin with, the older male lab (10) and the pup got into a fight- ending with staples and antibiotics. Then, they were fine again. Playing and enjoying each other.

Today, the pup went to play with the hub and the lab took it as a threat and they went at it again...only this time, in his effort to break the fight up, the hub ended up at urgent care with two nasty bites needing 3 and 7 stitches. He will also have to take 7 days off work- which is unpaid. :/ All together, that's about $2500 in bills and lost wages. OUCH.

Darn dogs. So now we have to make a decision about the pup. We definitely don't want this aggressiveness with grandbabies around- and its clear that these two don't share well when the hubs around.

Thankfully the dogs are ok this time. DD3 was also bit, but it didn't break the skin- is just gonna leave a nasty bruise.

Again, darn dogs.

8 Responses to “Expensive dog fights”

  1. My English Castle Says:

    I know I'm going to tick people off, but first let me say I love dogs. But no pits. Sorry, they're too unpredictable for me. I have a friend whose pit was lovely for years--until she wasn't and killed a cat and mauled a toddler.

    Out of curiosity, does your homeowner's insurance cover your dogs? Ours would not cover a pit, Rottweiler or Doberman. I've only had good experiences with Rottweilers, but that's what our homeowner's policy stipulates.

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Ugh!! Glad everyone is okay.

  3. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I'm so sorry that happened Ray. I don't know if Cesar the Dog Whisperer is right or not, but from what I've read of his ideas/seen of his shows, he would probably say that your husband isn't seen as the alpha or the leader - which is why the lab felt the need to protect your husband. Please forgive me if I'm way out of line here. I just want to suggest that before your family decides to rehome the puppy, maybe explore some retraining/training ideas from Cesar or others.

    I hope your DH and DD recover quickly. {{{hugs}}}

  4. Jenn Says:

    Please don't sit on the decision you need to make. Find a (different) good home for the new dog. We once lived next door to a couple that had two Chows that were aggressive. One of them killed our cat (in OUR yard). I wish I'd done more than just get furious because about a year after we moved away, we saw on the local news that the same damn dog mauled the toddler of the new residents. I think the toddler lived but he was terribly injured. I'll always regret not having done more.

  5. natasha.cornelius Says:

    It sounds like the lab is the one starting the fights not the Catahoula/pit mix? The lab sounds like he doesn't want another dog around, while the puppy just wants to play and doesn't understand that the older dog doesn't like him. Many times a younger dog can mistake aggressive warning signs from another dog as playful signs. My friends have a young, very energetic dog, and when they bring it to their parents' house (who have two old dogs) the old dogs get VERY defensive and bark and growl like crazy while the young pup bounces around play barking back, not even realizing the older dogs don't want to play.

    Sometimes pets need a long time to adjust to a new pet in the home, but if you think they will never get along, put the pup up for adoption while he's still young. It's much easier for a pit mix puppy to get into a loving home than an adult pit mix.

  6. Elle [is for Lemon] Says:

    Oh no!! I hope your DH is feeling well. Dog fights and the aftermath are not fun.
    I am a pit mommy... I currently have two pit mixes who are amazing. But I do know that dogs are animals... and sometimes stuff happens. I hope you are able to make a decision that's best for everyone involved. I am so sorry you have to deal with medical/vet fees!!

  7. Ima saver Says:

    We had this happen with our two dobermans. The older one was very aggressive and picked on the younger one. One day, after the younger one had to go for stitches from cutting her foot on broken glass, the older one jumped on her again. This time the younger one fought back and we had a terrible dog fight.
    Because we loved them both, we kept them seperated the rest of their lives, even making two trips to move them to Ga. seperate. They were never together again and that made things tough! I will be thinking of you.

  8. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Thanks everyone.

    The hubs hand is SWOLLEN tonight- but is on the mend. The dogs were extremely docile today. I think they are both hurting a little too.

    Getting rid of the younger dog isn't a viable option right now- it is DD3s 'baby' and she is pretty attached to him. Of course she feels bad about everything, as we all do...Frown Darn dogs.

    Thankfully, we have two big separate pens as well as a dog run. The pens are each about 60X60- so plenty of room. The younger dog will be by himself and the two older labs will share a pen as they always have. It just means the younger one, who is very social, will be lonely- but better lonely that rehomed for DD3.

    Whatever the cause, it cant happen again and this is the best solution right now.

    Again, thank you for all the concern and the advice. I appreciate all of you!

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