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My mother has a full blood shitzu puppy. He is about a year old.<br><br>
She works full time and she has just left him in the backyard for nearly a year.<br><br>
He is desperate for attention and has snapped at my sister a few times lately. We think it is because he is neglected and lacking socialization.<br><br>
I am a SAHM and I am here full time. I was thinking about asking my mom if she would like for me to take the dog. I could give him a good home and almost constant attention.<br><br>
Any ideas or thoughts? TIA
 

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What is your family and living situation like? Information like the ages of your kids, whether or not you have had experience with dogs before (and what type), and if your kids have been around dogs or know how to interact with dogs. Do you have access to training classes, do you have a fenced yard, and how much time/willingness do you have for walks and training? This type of info will help people to help you figure out if the dog would be a good fit for you.<br><br>
Edited to add: Oh, and you are planning on keeping pup inside, right?
 

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Sorry so vague earlier...I was NAK<br><br>
We had a yorkie puppy up until last year when he passed away. He was my sweet angel.<br><br>
I have a 2 year old and a 6 month old. My 2 year old has been around our yorkie and was very good with him. He loves puppies or "plays" as he calls them.<br><br>
Buddy is a large shitzu. We have a large fenced yard. He would be an inside dog though.<br><br>
Any other questions feel free to ask.<br><br>
Thanks
 

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Honestly, no, I would not bring in an unsocialized dog who has started to act aggressively, not with a 2 year old and a baby. I wouldn't trust him around small children, especially if he has been left alone in a yard most of his life.<br><br>
He will need a ton of training and socialization and attention to correct the problems he has developed. If anything I would look up breed rescues to see if you can find one that will place him with a person familiar with the breed who can work on his issues and find an appropriate home if your mom is willing to let him go.
 

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Other people will know better questions to ask, but I'll start with this... Do you have the type of house where you can separate dog from kids when he first comes home? My own house would make this difficult as we have few - and weird- walls in the living areas. But, can you baby-gate off areas to give dog a way to be able see/hear/be near family but keep everyone safe? Also, is Buddy housetrained? And how well?<br><br>
If you are seriously considering it, I would look into getting a crate and research crate training. I think getting Buddy crate-trained will be key with such young kids around. Hopefully, some more experienced doggy-loving people will chime in.
 

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Our yorkie was crate trained. He lived with us for nearly 7 years. He had severe gastro-intestinal issues that ended his life last year.<br><br>
We can kiddy gate areas of the house off. We still have our yorkie's crate so that wouldn't be a problem. He is partially house-trained (or so my mom says)<br><br>
We also live very close to a large park where we go walk daily so he could go with us.<br><br>
I feel like Buddy needs a better home where he isn't neglected. I am just leary of taking him on knowing that he has snapped at my 11 year old sister several times lately. He has always been a very sweet dog, this is a fairly recent behavior change.<br><br>
He deserves a better life than the one he has now all by himself in a backyard.
 

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Go with your gut. If you don't feel its totally safe to bring him into your home, especially since he is becoming aggressive with children that live with him, please don't. I strongly advocate contacting a breed rescue and getting him placed. He most definitely does deserve a home where he gets lot's of love and attention and to be part of the family, but I don't think your home, even with crates and gates, is an option with this dog because toddlers and babies are easier targets for that aggression (smaller, lower to the ground, louder, apt to grab, etc.) and there is no way to keep them apart 100% of the time.<br><br>
Here is a rescue organization that takes small breeds of dog, they operate nationally and take dogs from every situation, from shelters to people who can't keep them anymore.<br><br><a href="http://www.shihtzuandfurbabyrescue.com/" target="_blank">http://www.shihtzuandfurbabyrescue.com/</a>
 

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Wonderful advice. The rest too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I would say no to adopting him. He's already snapped at your sister. You would have to watch the dog and your kids like a hawk, 24/7. Or else, keep them seperated.<br><br>
If this dog has been kept outside for an entire year, with no socialization or training ... you would need to put a lot of work into him. He's past the age where puppy kindergarten and socialization with people shapes his character. His character has been shaped by zero socialization. Put that together with kids and you will have a problem eventually where the dog snaps, nips, bites, etc. one of your children. It's inevitable with an unsocialized dog.<br><br>
His case is not hopeless in that he CAN be trained and learn proper manners. But, this would require a lot of time, effort, and constant vigilance in terms of keeping him away from your children until the dog was ready.<br><br>
Personally, I think it's a good idea to re-home the dog. Dogs are not outside animals. But, I'd go with a breed specific rescue organization. They'd give him a home with adults only who can 1. train him, and 2. where he won't be in an unpredictable toddler/child environment.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I would say no to adopting him. He's already snapped at your sister. You would have to watch the dog and your kids like a hawk, 24/7. Or else, keep them seperated.<br><br>
If this dog has been kept outside for an entire year, with no socialization or training ... you would need to put a lot of work into him. He's past the age where puppy kindergarten and socialization with people shapes his character. His character has been shaped by zero socialization. Put that together with kids and you will have a problem eventually where the dog snaps, nips, bites, etc. one of your children. It's inevitable with an unsocialized dog.<br><br>
His case is not hopeless in that he CAN be trained and learn proper manners. But, this would require a lot of time, effort, and constant vigilance in terms of keeping him away from your children until the dog was ready.<br><br>
Personally, I think it's a good idea to re-home the dog. Dogs are not outside animals. But, I'd go with a breed specific rescue organization. They'd give him a home with adults only who can 1. train him, and 2. where he won't be in an unpredictable toddler/child environment.</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/truedat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Truedat"> I second every single word of that!
 
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