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how can i save my rough collie from being put down?

February 17th, 2003, 04:43 PM
my rough collie might be put down if i do not come up with good preventative steps so that he does not bite anyone.

any suggestions would be much appreciated in addition to the following: muzzle him, use a choke chain, seek dog trainer's advice (he took obedience classes when he was one year old - he is now 8 years old!)

please help.

the background is as follows: my 32 year old son was walking my two dogs (a collie and a bernese) and they were approached by a man with a ****zu. this fearless ****zu and my dogs do not get along with each other. my collie's collar snapped off and he darted across the street and attacked the dog. the man picked up his dog and as he did so my collie bit him on the leg requiring five stitches.

now i have to go to court to plead with the judge not to put my collie down. please send me your suggestions on how i can save my dog. he is a good dog and has never ever bitten anyone before! he is good with kids and all my other friends call me a real "gentle man". please please help.

my son was walking and convince the judge that my collie is a good dog


Choc Lab Lover
February 26th, 2003, 01:11 PM
The only thing that i can think of that might save his life is to offer him to a farm and hope they take him in.. I would set up arrangements for this before you go to court so you can tell the judge you found a spot on a farm for him. Away from a lot of people.

My dog was put down for biting.. he was only 2 (he was being teased by kids in the backyard) They gave us 2 options... euthanise or give to a farm, unfortunatly we couldnt find a farm.

February 27th, 2003, 11:09 AM
hello and thanks for responding to my cry for help. i have since consulted with an animal behaviour specialist who conducted the cornell university dog test and his findings were that my dog does not need animal behaviour therapy - not need! and more importantly he does not merit euthanasia! i am ecstatic and want to shout with joy. thank you.

Choc Lab Lover
February 27th, 2003, 11:11 AM
That's great news. Hope all goes well for you in court.

Take Care!

March 6th, 2003, 11:52 PM
Hi there. I'm curious to know more about the behaviouralist you used... I have a lovely dog from the pound. We got her a year ago and at that time they guessed she was 10 months old. So, that'd mean she's almost two, and she's showing signs of aggression. Not severe, yet, but she gets nasty with certain dogs in the dog park (not the majority, but some...) and she doesn't like to share the sidewalk. She also has a problem with dogs that are on leash. I know this is all within the normal range of doggie learning & development, but I need to control it and want to be sure that if I'm spending big bucks on a proffessional, it's a good one that will help me. Preferably in south-central to south-eastern Toronto.


March 7th, 2003, 06:56 AM
A really great behaviourlist is Joan Weston, she is amazing with dealing with dogs with aggressive issues. She is part of the "Whos walking Who?" training centre based in Toronto. I can get you in touch with her if you send me an email to

I don't feel comfortable with listing all her contact information here. :)