Part One: Help ! Biting and Barking Dogs!

Philippines
May 11, 2010 11:01am CST
I don't dislike dogs. I just dislike these certain dogs, our landlord's dogs, a crossbreed named Macky, and a dalmatian named Pipay. Let me tell you of an experience wherein Macky bit me ( the crossbreed). Initially, when Macky was a puppy, he was already naughty by nature, and would usually tail me, and play with my legs. The owner cradled and loved this puppy. But when the Macky grew up, they neglected the dog. To tell you the truth, I did not do anything to Macky for any reason whatsoever, but it turns out that prior to the dog biting me, there was their Austrian relative who was training Macky, giving him raw food, to the point of turning him into a guard dog, a K9, when initially Macky is nothing but an ordinary house dog. In other words, this really annoying relative of theirs turned the sweet dog into a biting, and a territorial dog. Prior to the biting incident, I was looking for my mom, who turns out to be visiting my landlord. I greeted them the usual, and before I knew it, Macky's leash was not secure enough, then the dog rushed and bit me in the elbow. I thought that if I stood my ground and not run away, I will be saved. But the dog would not stop. Had the landlord not arrived on time, the dog would have mauled me. Still I was not able to go to work, and I have to get my anti-rabies shots. Now there are two territorial dogs in the place where we rent ( of course, Macky and Pipay). Everytime I pass by, and other neighbors pass by, they would bark like tomorrow will never come. I have lived in this apartment with my family for years, but the dog does not recognize us at all. The owner does not even do anything to solve the problem. What am I suppose to do? I fear for my life and for the other people who live near our apartments. The dogs only recognize the owner. The owner placed the dog in the entrance of where we enter and exit the apartment. I'm tired of covering my ears as I pass by, their barking getting on my nerves. It is a cycle of neglect that I am facing. Is there any way to tame these dogs?
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• United States
11 May 10
Are there any regulations where you live? If so, then you can inform the authorities. I love dogs, but there is no place for an aggressive one. If they are as territorial as they sound, then anyone could get hurt at any time. What would happen if a child should get too close? I would definitely check with the police and see if there is anything that can be done. I know that around here, if a person owns a "vicious" dog, then that dog has to be kept either inside, or comepletely fenced in at all times, or the dog will be taken away from the owner, and the owner will face a large fine and jail time for putting others at risk.
• Philippines
11 May 10
Hi there, thanks for the feedback. I really appreciate it. To tell you the truth, it will take a really big one for them to realize that their dog's vicious, especially here in the Manila. The dogs are in a cage already, but I still am unsure if the cage is really safe. Now, I'd like to ask if what their Austrian relative did was right, feeding the dog ( which was not his dog in the first place) raw meat? I literally saw the change in the dog, from a sweet dog into a very territorial one. I feel sad when dogs are neglected, and when they do, they turn vicious. Bummer!
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• United States
11 May 10
It wasn't the meat that made the dog act that way. I have always fed my dogs meat for treats, and they love everyone. What more than likely made the dogs that territorial was 1) the fact that they have grown up and now have many more hormones, and 2) the confined space that they are always in. Dogs are naturally pack animals, and they unfortunately are naturally territorial. Without constant interaction, they will divert back to their genetic programming, and begin to act more and more like their ancestors. (It doesn't matter if it is a Pit Bull, which I have four of, or if it is a Poodle.) People need to remember that dogs were once wild animals, and they are still closely related to wolves, coyotes, dingos, etc. We need to respect that if we don't want them to turn.
@xeroeight (1061)
• Philippines
12 May 10
Have you tried to fed the dog, I think dogs will recognize people who give them something to eat or play. I base it on my own experience in my girlfriends house their neighbor have a dog in a cage but every time i go there that dog always barking really load i tried to throw a piece of bread the dog rush and eat it, that way he stop barking I did it in 3days after that the dog don't bark when ever i walk in front of it.