What to do....euthanize?
I really need some advice.
Two years ago after having to put down our 13 year old German Shepherd for health reasons, we adopted a 1 year old German Shepherd from a local rescue. He is high strung but very sweet, smart and loveable.
HOWEVER....he has terrible social anxiety. When people come to our house he goes ballistic and it takes everything we've got to try to get him under control and to calm down. It's even worse when people decide to leave.
We have had trainers and aggression specialists out to try to address the problem and we have made some progress but not enough.
Last fall he nipped at my mom and another time at a girlfriend. That's when we contacted the aggression trainer. She told us he was not aggressive but nervous and helped us with some excercises to teach him to calm down.
It has been 9 months and he still barks and jumps when people come and go, but Wednesday night he bit the neighbor in the hand when he walked by him to get in his truck to leave.
I contacted the rescue to discuss surrendering him back to their care, but because of the biting incident they won't take him back (which I totally understand). However, we simply cannot have a dog that nips/bites. The risk is far too great, especially with the fact that we have two small grandchildren.
Our friends don't come over anymore because they are all frightened of this dog.
I spoke to our vet and she said euthanasia may be our only option, but we have to quarantine him for 10 days from the date he bit or we would be responsible for taking his remains to the university to be tested for rabies.
So he is quarantined for now.
I can't wrap my head around euthanizing a healthy 3 year old dog but what other option do I have?