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posted 09-03-2003 06:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for shan_s     Edit/Delete Message
I have a couple of dogs but two of them (my German Shepard and Pomeranian) have not been getting along for about 2 years. Actually the problem is the pom. She keeps biting at my German Shepard. I was so afraid that my Shepard would snap that my mom took my pom. While I was on mom went to the store and did not separate them. When she returned my pom was dead on the floor from a bite wound. I am so confused about what to do with my German Shepard. Was this just an accident? She has never shown any other agression towards humans or dogs. I also have a lab and they are best friends. Can I blame her for self defending herself?


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posted 09-03-2003 07:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jeminn     Edit/Delete Message
I am sorry to hear about your accident. The mere size difference in your shepherd and pom could have resulted in a "bite" that was intended to say "leave me alone, I don't like you" but instead caused death in a small dog. It is rather dangerous to leave any two dogs along, especially if there is a huge size difference, and they don't like each other. Your shepherd may or may not have intended to kill the pom, you will probably never know. Who knows what, if anything the Pom may have done to instigate the leathal bite. My Husky would have killed any small creature, cat, oppossum (which she has killed) when she was in her youth. When I saw this prey drive come out in her as a young dog I really had to take obedience training seriously. Now we own two cats, a new pup, a lizard- she is fine now partly because she is 16 and too old to do much harm. I still would not leave her alone in a room with my cats, though. I would give your shepherd a chance with some strict obedience training, learning how to "leave it" especially. This command will come in very handy if your dog is trained well. Also train your shepherd on recall. They are intellegent dogs- there are good trainers out there who work specifically with this type of breed who can help you. Given the right environment and training, I would give that a chance before you did anything else. She may not be a dog you can have with another animal, either- so you have to decide what you are willing to live with, and without to possibly keep your dog. Good luck- keep us posted on what you decide to do.

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posted 09-03-2003 09:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for honeybear     Edit/Delete Message
I am really sorry to hear about this and hopefully you will get some good advice. I just want to say that your german shephard just may have said ENOUGH and may have just did something minor, but because there was such a size difference it caused dire consequences. A friend of mine had a small dog (a pug) and brought in a new much bigger rescue dog. well the pug went nuts and alway tried to attack the big dog, and would not stop - well the big dog would snip at it to leave it alone. well after 3 weeks she gave the big dog back since she was worried that it might say enough and harm the pug which she had for years. YOu did try to make the situation better and it wasnt your fault. I would give your german shephard a chance. but want to hear what other people say about this.

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posted 09-03-2003 10:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for puttin510     Edit/Delete Message
Oh, how sad. Give the shepard another chance, bt do not let it around small animals or children for that matter. If you were to bring ehr to the shelter and say it killed anothr dog they would probably want to put her down.

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posted 09-03-2003 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Karriesue     Edit/Delete Message
I agree with everyone else. I would give your German Shepherd another chance. I also agree with giving him some obedience training. Many large dogs do not get along with small dogs and they ignite their prey drive also. In the future I would keep him away from small dogs and animals. I have two Huskies and I never trust them with small dogs because they have a high prey drive. If you decide to get another dog later on, I would make sure to stay away from small dogs and I think your German Shepherd will have a better chance of getting along with him/her. Good luck.

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