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    Our dog bit my brother: should he be killed/rehomed?

    The title may sound a little misleading, because I personally think the dog had a very good reason to bite. Not that it's ever good if a dog bites, but it's an animal after all.

    So my Mom and Dad were watching a show, with the dog laying somewhere at the side of the couch by my Mom's foot. My Mom went to bed, and the dog doesn't like that. She seems to be her favourite, but we can't really explain why, since my Mom doesn't like dogs very well at all. Maybe it's because she walks with it most of the time because we don't have the time. But anyway, at that moment, my brother came downstairs. The dog started to make a little crying sound because my Mom left, and I think it was a sign that he wanted to be alone. The problem is, my brother doesn't really have any relationship with our dog. He is not a fan of dogs; the only thing he does is command them to do something. He never goes for a walk, give them food, play with them outside, etc. I think our dog never really trusted him, because my brother is just a commander, and not someone who he associates with fun. So yesterday, when the dog was crying because my Mom left, my brother gave him a hug, face-to-face. This is a move that should never be made to dogs, especially not when he's crying, or licking his nose. So, like I didn't see it coming, our dog bit my brother in his cheek. Luckily it wasn't anything special, just a few scratches and a bruise, so that's a relief.

    The problem is, my Mom has never really been keen on dogs, and has always said if something happens to us because a dog, it should get killed or rehomed. So yesterday she was deeply considering one of these actions. I personally think it was entirely my brother's fault, not the dog's. He was making cry noices, and started to take a few steps back when my brother pet him. Getting to close to its face is too much for him at that point. If my brother doesn't stop, I can really understand why the dog decided to give him a warning. It was not that ''kill-bite'', it was really just to warn to say ''enough now!'' Afterwards, the dog really felt guilty; he started to bring toys to my brother. My Mom is still processing the whole thing, and she wanted the dog to at least get out of the house. She wanted us to decide whether what to do or not. I personally thought killing it is the best, because it is already a shelter a dog, and placing him in a shelter for the second time...I don't have the heart for that. I really can't do that, it's Mission Impossible for me.

    My Mom might give the dog a second chance, so I really hope she will. But both my dad and I think it was really my brother's fault, and that the dog didn't do anything he has no right to, or that another would not have done. I am sure that it would not've bit me, my Mom or Dad. What do you guys think? Should a dog really be killed or rehomed after biting someone?
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    That's an animal I simply don't trust at all. It doesn't take much to set-off their very small brains. A headache, toothache, or who knows.
    A neighbor kid used to sick them on me when I was less than 4 years old. I won't own one, and will never let one near one of my children.
    I don't want to see them hurt or killed, but don't trust them at all.

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    some times when your face to face with the dog it could jump to lick you but can cach you unexpectedly so who knws its hard to judge when you wasnt there i fight with my brothers dog all the time and its massive he is only 10 months old and likes to jump up at you etc he has a johnsons american bulldog




    its could of been an accedent but like i said who knows
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    @oddgriffin

    It really depends on the owner. Whenever our dog shows dominant behaviour (he only does that to other dogs), I warn him straight away. He would never attack visitors in our house, never, ever. He has never attacked or hurt anyone besides my brother. And then again, the dog only did it because my bro did not listen to the signs. Getting close to a dog his face is never a good idea, and especially not when he is annoyed. I personally think he does not deserve it at all to get killed, but I was just wondering what other people think about it.

    Only dogs that have really lost their marbles would do such things, and those should get killed. I don't think dogs that bite out of fear should be killed.
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    i say no then in that case if your brother is invadeing the dogs space for no reason then i dont blame the dog just my opinion plus like you said the dog isnt that familia with your brother etc thats wy when i get pets who ever is in the house gets used to the animal so the animal knows who they are and trusts them
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    Uhu, now let's hope my Mom agrees with this. I really can't stand the fact that he could possibly get killed soon. It's hard to accept, and losing him would change it all. He's like my child to me. And the poor thing probably doesn't really know what he has done wrong. He noticed straight away today that my brother and my Mom were not to keen on him, and then he's looking like: what have I done? It's really sadding. I'm really an emotional person, so losing an animal or a family member feels like the world's about to end to me.
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    like i said its hard to judge unless you seen exactly what happend with your own eyes but hope you make the right choice any way
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    If I remember correctly your dog is a little fella and not a danger to anyone really. It should definitely not be put down in my opinion. If you get close to a dogs face and it bites you it's your own fault. I could do that to both my dobermans without any fear of being bitten but I wouldn't let someone else do it and I wouldn't blame the dog if he did decide to bite me. Most breeds of Dogs are actually very smart and you can't blame their "tiny brains" for aggressive behavior. It's natural instinct is to protect itself and if it feels threatened it will bite. I have had worse bites from cats than from any dog.

    If you aren't prepared to face the natural instincts and behaviors of any animal you should not own it as a pet.

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    A family pet should not bite a family member! I don't care if you slap, punch, stab, kick, or take away its food. The dog should not be euthanized, its the owners fault for not training the dog properly. Most people will let their dog do what ever they want, then the human becomes the pet and the pet becomes the owner.

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    Ppl that are natural dog lovers tend to loose perspective of the damage they can do. This is the case with all different kinds of animal lovers.

    Here is a little something to make lite of the situation, I hope it gives a few a little laugh.


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