If you have recently adopted an aggressive dog, it is important that you know when to say goodbye and let it go. 

The fact is that some dogs are just too difficult to keep, depending on your situation. The information in this article will help you to make the right decision.

Signs You Should Rehome Your Aggressive Dog

There are a number of signs that you should look out for when deciding whether or not to rehome an aggressive dog. While this can be very difficult design, knowing these signs can definitely help you out a lot.

1. Your Dog is Harming Another Pet in the House

If the dog you brought home has started fighting with and harming another pet in the house, you’ll probably want to find a new home for them. Whether they are fighting with a cat or a dog, this is never a good situation.

The more this fighting escalates, the more likely it is that one or both of your pets will get seriously injured or worse. If the aggressive dog is larger than the other dogs in your home, it can be a real problem. The last thing you want is for one of your smaller pups to get hurt or even killed because of the overly aggressive dog you’ve adopted.

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The fact is that you probably aren’t able to keep an eye on all of your pets every second of the day. There is always a chance that something terrible could happen to one of them when you aren’t watching them.

2. The Dog Poses a Threat to Someone in the House

Sometimes an aggressive dog will be friendly with one person in the household but not others. If this dog is acting very aggressively towards someone in your house, especially a child, you should take it seriously.

If you choose to not rehome the aggressive dog, they could seriously injure a person in your household. It is never a good idea to keep a dog with an unpredictable temper in the house with small children because you’re just asking for trouble.

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3. You Can No longer Meet the Dog’s Needs

If you are no longer to meet your dog’s needs due to financial restraints or other reasons, you should think about rehoming them. This includes having to sell your home and move to a small apartment, or suffering a major setback with your health. You’ll need to be honest with yourself with regard to whether or not you can continue to care for the dog.

4. You are Unable to Control the Dog

When you try your best to train the dog but cannot seem to make any progress, it might be time to rehome them. It is important to keep in mind that training an aggressive dog can take a while. Some breeds are more receptive to training than others, so you’ll want to keep that in mind as well.

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Unfortunately, some dogs have severe behavioral problems that you might not be able to handle. It might be better to let them go so a person who is better equipped to handle the dog can adopt them.

5. Major Health Problems

Some dogs that are very aggressive also have major health problems, which can be too overwhelming to deal with. If you don’t have the time and/or money to handle the dog’s health issues, rehoming them is probably the best option.

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Rehoming Options

You will have a number of options when it comes to how you can rehome an aggressive dog that isn’t a good fit for your household.

1. Give Them Back to the Breeder

You can always try to give the dog back to the shelter or breeder you got them from. Most rescue groups and breeders will take back dogs within a certain period of time. It is important that you understand these terms before you choose a certain person or organization to get a dog from.

2. Find Someone You Know to Take Them

You also have the option of looking for a family member or friend who can take the dog. Just make sure that they are fully aware of the dog’s demeanor and personality beforehand. There is a chance that you already know someone who can provide the dog with a loving and caring home.

3. Place an Ad

There are lots of places online that you can put up flyers for people who are looking to adopt a dog. You’ll need to put all of the details of the dog on the flyer, including its temperament. It is important that everyone who looks at the flyer knows what they are getting themselves into before contacting you.

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4. Take them to a Shelter

You will most likely be able to find a shelter that you can drop the dog off at, but you shouldn’t choose just any of them. It is important that you try to find a reputable no-kill shelter to give the dog to. Take some time to look around online so you can find a good place that will take the dog.

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  • If the dog you’ve brought home is fighting with and harming another pet in your household, you’ll probably want to rehome them.
  • When your dog exhibits dangerously aggressive behavior towards a person in your house, you should start looking for a new home for them.
  • If you find that you are unable to control the dog or train them, you’ll want to find someone who can.
  • You should also think about rehoming your dog if you can no longer meet its basic everyday needs for whatever reason.
  • If the dog has serious health problems that are too overwhelming or expensive to deal with, rehoming is probably the best option.
  • If you want to rehome your dog, you can always try giving them back to the rescue group or breeder you got them from.
  • Check to see if anyone you know is looking for a new dog, as they might be a good match for yours.
  • You can try placing an ad online and putting up flyers for those who are looking to adopt a dog.
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Hi! I'm Anna and I´m a certified cynologist (KAU, ACW). Expert, blue cross volunteer, owner of Chinese crested kennel "Salvador Dali" and breedless friend called Fenya. "I can't imagine my life without dogs and I totally support the idea #AdoptDontShop".