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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...
3 year old bull dog adopted 24 hours ago bit 4 year old . Did not break skin. Should we return dog to humane society?
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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.

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