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3 year old dog adopted 24 hours ago bit 4 year old. Did not

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3 year old bull dog adopted 24 hours ago bit 4 year old . Did not break skin. Should we return dog to humane society?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I have advanced training in canine behavior and recommend that this dog be returned to the humane society post-haste. I understand that most any dog can be reconditioned to not behave as he did but retraining should only be considered after the risk of injury that a pet poses and whether the owners can control the opportunity for interaction with target people or animals is recognized. For example and using hyperbole, a large, strong dog such as a bulldog that bites children unpredicatbly without inhibition in a busy home with many small children, and poor supervision by adults who can't comprehend the danger of dog aggression will pose an extremely high risk for a serious injury. A 4 year old might recognize the signs of aggression but likely will miss the signs of fear which often exist prior to the aggression.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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