So for those of you (many of you) who read about my mother's doberman that has nipped DD more than once here is a little update/spinoff from that thread.
We went and visited over the weekend. It was OK... I told my mom how uncomfortable I am with the dog around DD and told her that I want them kept separate because DD loves this dog and wants to pet it all the time. So the dog was either outside or gated most of the time we were there. I won't lie there were a couple times when the dog was in the same room as a DD, passing by each other etc. Everytime DD got NEAR the dog it's whole body language changed, it averted it's head from DD, ears went back, refused to make eye contact etc. Very disturbing body language to me. I actually grabbed DD away at one point and said "that is it"... They weren't near each other for the rest of the weekend but apparently I had to let that happen just so my mom could see the problem for what it is. The dog has issues. DD is NOT safe around the dog at all. It doesn't even like DD getting near it and it was very very obvious.
I honestly wanted to ask them about getting rid of the dog but didn't go there at this point because they said something else that absolutely floored me. "The vet cleared Jewel (the dog) for being bred!!" My mom is so excited and they are going to breed her as soon as they find a decent stud.
I am disgusted. This dog is the result of bad breeding IMO and they are going to pass down the dog's bad lines and weak nerves to more puppies. I just feel like it is the stupidest decision they could make. Forget the fact that breeding contributes to over population (whether you agree with this theory or not lots of backyard bred puppies end up as dogs in shelters, just a fact). I didn't even know what to say to my mom about it. I just went home and told DH and he is equally mortified at the idea of this dog having puppies.
I don't trust it at all and next time we go up that dog will NOT be allowed out in the house while DD is there. That is for certain, it's behavior was just way way too concerning. My mom still thinks I am too "uptight" and too "nervous" and that the dog "loves" DD blah blah blah. Not happening. If they want us to come visit the dog will be LOCKED in another room. Period. The whole time.
Now as far as the breeding of this dog...What do I even say to that? It is a BAD idea. A really bad idea. I was trying to think of how I could word it because the bottom line is I can't CONTROL what they do with the dog no matter how bad of an idea I think it is. Would you even tell them how wrong you think it is? My mom is pretty clueless she doesn't understand why I don't even want the dog around DD...To her credit my mom's GF notices the dog's strange behavior around DD and while she doesn't say it I think she knows there is a problem there. Both of them though think it's a great idea to breed the dog