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    So when I was younger we had a border collie (male). Because we had him from a pup we were able to tame him how we wanted, and he was a calm, playful dog .

    We've seen an ad in a dog rehoming centre and he looks exactly like our old dog. He's 3 years old. I rang the centre to get more info and he's had a lot of behavioural problems, especially being around other dogs, he's run through a hedge and sunk his jaws into another dog, he snarls his teeth and lunges and fights other dogs. He was a stray and so they don't think he's had any training on how to behave and what's a threat and what's not. They said he has come along a bit, and they're trying to train him to be on a lead, walk past another dog and distract him completely with food.

    It's been a whole since I had another dog, does this sound like a lot of effort to other people? Just how much of a problem do you think this will be?
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    Honestly, unless your a professional trainer, don't go there. If he sunk his teeth into another dog then how easy would it be for him to do the same to a toddler or a child? If he hurts someone, or another dog your looking at fines, being sued, dog getting put down. It's a worst case scenario, but it could be like that. Stick to nice dogs, like Labradors :P

    Seriously, be very careful, it could be a whole heap of trouble.

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    Honestly, unless your a professional trainer, don't go there. If he sunk his teeth into another dog then how easy would it be for him to do the same to a toddler or a child? If he hurts someone, or another dog your looking at fines, being sued, dog getting put down. It's a worst case scenario, but it could be like that. Stick to nice dogs, like Labradors :P

    Seriously, be very careful, it could be a whole heap of trouble.

    Tom

    Thanks, we went to go look at it and thought the same thing, it was just barking and barking. I've come to the conclusion that I really don't want a rescue dog, as I don't think I would be able to give it the extra attention it needs, whether its bad tempered, unsociable, hard of hearing or whatever I just don't think I could handle it. It's just persuading my parents to think the same way
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    I've come to the conclusion that I really don't want a rescue dog, as I don't think I would be able to give it the extra attention it needs, whether its bad tempered, unsociable, hard of hearing or whatever I just don't think I could handle it. It's just persuading my parents to think the same way
    There are plenty of young dogs in rescue that are either trained or perfectly trainable not to mention plenty of young pups that offer a fairly blank canvas when looking at training. I agree this dog sounds like a dog for the experienced owner but don't exclude all rescues on the basis of one dog.
 
 
 
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