Dear Perfect Manners Dog Training – My 6 year-old Yellow Lab, male, attacked and bit my 12 year-old daughter’s nose this past Sunday. I’m dealing with guilt of not seeing this coming. I feel guilty for not protecting my daughter and guilty of putting my dog down due to this. My pup was treat trained. I never made the time to get educated enough and train him through a professional. He ran with me weekly, had some noticeable behavior changes in the last two weeks and gave him more attention. My daughter laid next to him on his bed, she did not touch him or put her arm around him and he attacked.
I have always had a furry friend, but I am not sure how or if I will ever get another one. However, I feel I will not be the same with out having a one in my life. I may be comfortable having a dog again some day but not right now. I will get a dog again only if I’m prepared and committed to investing more time to their exercise and care. It’s not that I didn’t do this before, however, I would have to do more. THIS TIME professional dog training! I would think starting with a puppy would be best versus adopting a pet from Humane Society. For now, I had to get over my most difficult decision of putting my dog down. I guess I had a loaded pistol. Worst of all, I had no idea. Thank you. I am now a new advocate to professional training for dog owners.
(Name Witheld by Request)