Aggressive 3 year old Akita

My 3 year old male Akita has been socialized around people and other dogs since he was a puppy. As he started to get older, he would sometimes attack my older Chow, and this resulted in many vet bills. My Chow has since passed and I have another 3 year old female Akita. He has attacked her twice in our house, but she is almost as big as him so it was very difficult to break them up. I have taken him to training classes as a puppy and had him in different classes until he was a year old. After he was about 6 months old, he had to be muzzled because he bit the trainer and showed aggression to other dogs. The size of the dog does not seem to matter. Last summer, he jumped out of the window of our car while we were driving through our neighborhood and attacked another dog. My husband pulled him off of the dog before he could injure the other dog, but the other dog's owner's did report us to the police. When my male Akita was being pulled off of the other dog, my female Akita ran over to join him. Now both of my dogs have been cited as "vicious" dogs and if they happen to get out of the house and get loose in the neighborhood or bite at another dog the county will take them away from me and they will be euthanized. My dogs got into a fight tonight and I got bit, this has happened to me once before. I am very afraid that my dogs will end up biting someone or attacking another dog and I don't want to lose them. My female Akita was diagnosed with a thymoma a few months ago, which was removed but will likely grow back in 2-3 years. Tonight, the male Akita started growling and I knew he was going to attack my female Akita but I could not stop it. It looks like his ear is chewed up but I don't see any injuries on her. I don't know what to do. I love my dogs but I am afraid that they could hurt someone. My female Akita snaps at people when they try to pet her and is aggressive to other dogs. My male loves kids and is good with some dogs but not all dogs. He has been seen regularly by a behavior specialist and takes Prozac, but I don't see that it is working. He will go months without having any issue and then he just snaps. I keep the female away from people because she is nippy and she snapped at my 6 year old niece recently, who was trying to pet her. She will let a few people pet her but not everyone.

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Aug 28, 2017
Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

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