Aggressive Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross

We have a staffordshire bull terrier cross of nearly 3 yrs old, who had a terrible start to life. He was bred from 2 very aggressive parents, was treated in a very cruel manner by humans. He came to us when he was about 8 months old when my daughter could no longer trust him with children into a household of 3 other dogs. We had him neutered as a first thing. We now have a situation where he shows all signs of fear aggression. I can not open the front door to strangers, if someone comes to the door he goes in auto attack mode, biting my other dogs and us. He flips out at noises, at people, I can no longer walk him even with a muzzle on as I do not trust him. We have worked hard with a dog behaviourist, with no change in his behaviour. We have come to the sad realisation that Reggie is mentally ill, he lives his life continuously on edge, always on guard, always stressed. We have tried calming collars, herbal remedies, toys, awarding good behaviour. The more incidents we have like yesterday where he attacked one of my other dogs just because he heard a noise at the garden gate the more I don't trust him, the more I segregate him, the more I am afraid of him. The injuries he has inflicted on me, my husband and my other dogs has ended up with us humans needing medical help and my other dogs needing vet treatment. My husband and I have agreed today that unless our vet agrees to remove Reggie's teeth we will have to have him put to sleep. His behaviour so unpredictable I am a prisoner in my house, I can't and will not under any circumstances have my grandchildren in to visit. Witnessing the aggression, power and strength Reggie exhibits I know without doubt he could easily kill my toddler grandchildren. Am I cruel to even consider euthanasia or worse have his teeth pulled out? I could never consider re-homing as this would be totally irresponsible and Reggie would be every dog fighter's dream. Is it fair to say that sometimes the terrible things humans do to dogs just means they are far too damaged to be able to have a safe well behaved dog. I write this with a very heavy heart as I have never before given up on an animal :(

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Sep 09, 2016
Nothing In Life Is Free
by: Adam G. Katz

Nothing In Life Is Free

Employ the "Nothing In Life Is Free" approach, so that your dog starts to view you as the "pack leader." If your dog doesn't see you as the leader, then your corrections will be meaningless. So, if you're doing subtle things (inadvertently) to undermine your leadership role around the house-- it will be counter-productive.

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