Hey! then here a question, Inga. CAN a 3 year old rottie be trained, or rehabilitated?
I say yes. My brother says no, because they are a "stubborn" breed, therefore what they learned before the age of 1 is set into them and there is no way to fix what they were taught. I.e a 3 year old rottie who was taught to fight would have to be euthanised because there is "no way" they can be helped. And I seriously am going to try (and probably will knowing my persistance) to show rotties after age 1 or whatever CAN be readopted, CAN be rehabilitated, and CAN be helped out of problems like fear, aggression, bad training, etc.
Or is it just PEOPLE who won't take a chance with a strong breed?
Sorry, didn't see this right away. The short answer, YES.
The long answer...It can be a long road and it depends on the training.
First off, Rotties are not stubborn. They are a breed that is bred to make it's own decisions, and work on it's own. Unlike a Golden Retriever or Labrador that is bred to look to the owner for constant direction (bird hunting) The Rottie is bred to "think for itself" This doesn't mean the dog is stubborn. HOW you train a Rottie will determine if he can be rehabbed.
I had one girl that was brought to me by the police (the head of AC is a friend) They had gone in a house on a drug bust and found the dog hanging in the garage. They cut her down thinking she was dead but she wasn't. They brought her in to be euthed but I had been called and intercepted her. Her mouth had been wired shut, she was bleeding and had bruises over her entire body, cuts to her mouth where the wire had but in and bruises around her neck. She could barely stand up on her own but give her food and stand anywhere near it and she would try like heck to charge after you.
Time and patient, and that loving dog was turned into a registered Therapy dog.
This is her in the Red collar, the smaller one.
The other dog in that picture had been tied up to a tractorr with a logging chain. She was an adult dog but only weighed 48 lbs. and had been shot (because she didn't come when she was called) I don't know how she was even alive because when she got up to full weight she was around 115 lbs. Less then half her ideal weight but she survived and also became the most amazing, forgiving, loving therapy dogs and family companions. Every so often I will still run into people at dog shows, or exhibitions or even teachers at high schools where we performed that will remember her and say "that was the funniest, sweetest dog I have ever met"
So... Can it be done. I have had living proof that it could be done.
If there was any question as to what had happened to the dog hanging, she was a bait dog for dog fighting. She had her mouth wired shut so they could put young dogs, on her without her being able to hurt them, so they would gain confidence to fight.
One more shot of my "little bait dog"
She had filled out better in that shot. More hair came back. ha ha