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It seems from your story that clearly Banyon felt he was the alpha and there was a struggle between Banyon and your dog Polly, in which your other dog got caught in the middle being the weaker dog
The fact that you say that Banyon mounted other and especially children tells me he feels he is in charge
Dogs never see children as an equal, I think hat he was acting on dominance and what set is off is hard to say
If there were toys in the area or if the other dog got in his space that can do it
but Banyon took it one step to far from just punishing the other dog to killing it. This is not a dog I would trust at this time
as I stated they do not see children as equal or above them so I would never allow contact with this dog and a childe
As far as being dangerous in general, if Banyon feels not immediate threat or challenge then all should be tine
This is a situation where you have to think how well the owner will keep the dog contained, how well the owner will change the position of the dog 's status. but I would think those who enter his path that he does not see above him would be in danger
When you run a home with multiple dogs or one dog that feels it is above you , this should not be allowed at all
It is the owner who is to be in charge of the home
the dog does see us in a pack type of way but also realizes were are not dogs, so it is important that when we take them into our home we stablize that alpha behavior
There will always be a cause for concern because the dog could not stop until this other dog was deceased this tells me that the dog has not control, is not really an alpha persay because they don'
don't act like this as alphas to carry it to that degree of putting another dog in its place
It tells me that especially when you say that afterward the dog acted normal, tail wagging that there may be some mental cause also taking place
yes, if he were only acting as alpha, he would have fought with the dog until the dog backed down, but he went beyond this and acted normal after. This could indicate rage syndrome wihch is cause for concern.
you also put them all together in an place where they were not comfortable so that could have been a contributing factor
Accidents like this don't happen. For some reason Banyon went off on an older more feeble dog and took it to the extreme which really given the fact that Shelby was not in any way aggressive or a real threat to Banyon makes me believe that another incident could take place
If he were just admonishing the other dog because there was a toy that he wanted the fight would not have gone to that extreme
It seems like he saw this dog as prey and treated it as such, why is the question, and can it happen again, I would say yes
There is always that chance for danger when you have a dog that is allowed to control. My thought would be to have the dogs health examined for possible neurological problems which can cause the aggression to worsen. It is hard not having seen the dog right after the attack or seen the interactions between them before the attack
I personally would find someone to come in and monitor the dogs behavior, I am on line I cannot see the interaction between the two dog but I say this because he did also go after Polly, but luckily someone intervened
I would talk to the vet and ask for a recommendation of a behaviorist in your area to assess the dog first hand before taking any action. I would also keep this dog separate from the one that lives with him
If it is from something like rage syndrome the dog goes blank this in itself is dangerous
Well you say that he is not allowed to be alpha, yet clearly at your house for some reason he thought it was okay. If he was trained properly from the onset his view on his role in life would be different. Do you understand what I mean? Much is going to depend on how your friend is keeping him under control or thinks he is under control.
When trained to take things down a notch they learn how to behave with other dogs they don't know
clearly this dog is not well socialized or he would not have felt a need to take over at your home
you have to determine if it is treatable and only an exam and someone to look at the behavior around other dogs and children would determine that
My fear is that he mounted a young child, He was out of control because he could not overtake Polly so he went for the weakest
in the home or the more vulnerable
which would be Shelby and the child
If no one was in the room with the child you have to ask yourself what could have happened
Dogs can be put on prozac for emotional instability but I am not sure this will help this dog. I would say a combination of serious training, confinement to the home is the only way to keep this from happening again
yes, that is what I would do only because no one knows what actually happened, though this dog definitely stepped way over the bounds of putting another dog in its place spo my fear would be does he actually know how to control being in charge
That would be a starting place, but also be very honest with yourself you would feel worse if it were a chlid
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you are most welcome. I wish you the best in whatever decision you and your friend make
you as well
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