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Dog Gender Hostiality Issues

Updated on February 20, 2012
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When entertaining the idea of adopting a dog from anyone other than an established breeder be sure to ask specific questions regarding the dogs personality, behavior, the life style the dog was accustomed to, if there was any abuse, and the dogs potential size when full grown. I am speaking from experience. I adopted a Springer Spaniel who was approximately 11 months old. Supposedly the original owners were moving out of state and weren't able to bring the dog with them. The young lady at the animal shelter also stated that the dog wasn't going to get much bigger which I was happy about because I didn't have a yard that would be adequate for a big dog. A small or medium size dog was what I needed. I fell in love instantly. Bailey was so loving, friendly and loved to snuggle next to me on the couch. My daughter Brittany was so excited when I brought Bailey home. She had been wanting a dog for quite awhile and since it was just her and I at home now I felt the time had come. Initially all was well. Bailey was great with Brittany and I, loved the next door neighbor's beagle Nina and the other neighbor's beagle Casey. They loved to run and play together. Bailey would sleep at the foot of my bed at time and while I worked and Brittany was at school he was crate trained. When Brittany came home from school she would let him outside to run off steam, we had a fenced in yard which was perfect, we had no need to worry. This continued for about 2 years and suddenly there was a change in Bailey. First, he grew much bigger than we expected based off what we were told at the shelter and became agitated when the next door neighbor who's beagle Casey had passed away, came home with Welch Corgy, Kingston, who was male. We weren't able to have them in the yard at the same time ( we lived in a condex ), had to take turns and let each other know when we needed to put the dogs out. During this time my daughter and her family had to move in with me. Bailey began to become aggressive with her husband and my grandson. When they first moved in I forgot to tell them about the issue with the neighbor's dog and they let Bailey out. I received a call at work that Bailey had attacked Kingston and they had to rush him to the vet. Fortunately he didn't have any puncture wounds or broken bones but was bruised and now, petrified of Bailey. Not long after that he snapped at my grandson. I was heartbroken but knew I didn't have a choice. I had to find a safer environment for Bailey. He would be better in an all female home, no males of any form. I contacted a no kill shelter and they put me in touch with a Springer Spaniel rescue league who made arrangements to bring Bailey to a foster home and work on finding him a new home. They believe that he must have been abused prior to my adopting him and that was more likely the reason he was given to the shelter. Either the owner gave him up or he had been rescued from the home. I don't want to see anyone have to give up their pet. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of Bailey. When you consider adopting be sure to ask specific questions and do some research before making a final decision. Good Luck!


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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Gosh, that's so sad! I hadn't realized that gender shifts in a dog's home could cause so much stress.

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