View Full Version : My dog needs a new home.

02-07-2012, 01:10 AM
It's killing me to post this, but I have no choice.

My dog, Quigley, is in need of a new home. Quigley is an 80-lb. neutered male American Bulldog/Catahoula Cur mix. He's a great dog...He's fun, energetic, great at letting us know when someone is near the house, wonderful at consuming small critters that get into the back yard and generally an all-around good dog. The problem? He absolutely hates my girlfriend and will attack her if I'm not around. This didn't start until she moved in with me in early August of 2010.

A bit of back-story...I've had Quigley since July 2009. I moved into my first house in August of 2009. Quigley was six months old when I got him. Quigley and I lived in the house with no one else (except for a cat which joined us in February of 2010) until Amy, my girlfriend, moved in with me. Quigley had no problems with Amy until she moved in. In fact, Amy played with Quigley quite regularly when she would stay for the weekend or week, but once she moved in, things got ugly.

Now, the dog will destroy anything of hers he can get access to if we're not around to stop him. If I'm in another room with the door shut, the dog will go after Amy. He's bit her several times. It's a bad scene all around.

We have spent no small amount of time, effort and money to correct this behavior. We've had several animal-behavior specialists here, some of them repeatedly. We've consulted with the ASPCA's animal-behavior group. We've worked long and hard with the dog utilizing the advice and directions we'd been given. We've tried everything. :( Even the ASPCA has advised us that his behavior isn't going to change and that he probably needs to just go to another home.

I'm not looking for more advice on what to do. At this point, everything has been done. Quigley needs to go. I'd like to find him a new home. So...Do any of you want a dog? He'd probably be best with an owner that can handle a large, strong dog with lots of willpower and a very hard head. A single owner would probably be best. He's fine with cats and other dogs...He tends to be curious about the other pets, but not aggressive in the slightest. He is fine with everyone else he's ever encountered once introduced properly, except for Amy. I'm betting that if he goes into a home with a pre-established "pack order" he'll probably fall in line pretty fast. Families with large kids that could play with Quigley would probably also work. The dog is not aggressive towards small children, but he's so energetic that he tends to knock small children around a lot. Quigley is crate-trained; he spends his nights and cold or bad-weather days in his crate.

Quigley enjoys being petted or scratched, having his belly rubbed, being chased around the yard, wrestling around in the yard, blasting full-speed around the back yard with branches or logs in his mouth, chewing on (large) rawhide rolls (without knots at the ends; otherwise he just eats the knots and leaves the gooey rest behind), trips to the dog park and consuming squirrels. He understands basic commands (sit, stay, down, come, shake) but his "stay" duration is about fifteen seconds without constant reinforcement. He is a very attentive dog and loves to be in the same room with his people.

Please help. :( Quigley will end up at the local Humane Society shelter in the not-too-distant future if I can't find a home for him. We're located in Illinois and I'm happy to work with a prospective owner to get Quigley to a better home than he has now. Post here or send me a PM if you have any questions.





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02-07-2012, 02:28 AM
Have you considered that perhaps HER behavior changed when you weren't around to see it? Can't say I've had an animal that changed behavior without provocation. If she was able to stay full weekends and he was ok with it, then he's already used to her being around.

Just throwing out a possibility

02-07-2012, 04:38 AM
Yes, I have, and no, it hasn't.

02-07-2012, 04:48 AM
Sounds like he is trying to dominate her. It can be a problem with strong willed dogs. There should be a way of correcting the behavior to let him know that she is in charge, not him.

02-07-2012, 05:02 AM
It's too late at this point. We've been trying everything we can find for more than a year, got suggestions from all over the place, consulted with animal-behavior professionals, etc. We've gone way beyond reasonable here and, frankly, I'm tired of the dog biting my girlfriend. I don't really want to get rid of him, but I don't have a choice at this point.

02-07-2012, 05:34 AM
That's too bad. He's a good looking and young dog so I'm sure you won't have trouble finding him a good home. Just be sure to visit his potential new home before you adopt him out. Got to make sure he goes to a good family.

02-07-2012, 06:50 AM
I'd love to be able to consider it, but it's not a good idea for me at this point :( I'm out working most of the time for a couple months and my parents are already taking care of my dachshund. I know my Dad has been looking for an outside dog, but the transition in winter would likely be pretty shitty (even though it's a mild one). I'll repaste it to a few guys I know and see if anyone is interested.

02-07-2012, 04:29 PM
I too would be happy to adopt it. Pepper, my dad's dog is half pit and half chow. She loves other dogs and could use the companionship. There's the unfortunate problem with distance though. Driving to Illinois isn't in my future any time soon.

02-07-2012, 06:16 PM
So sorry to hear about your situation. My friend as well has a pit mix who she got from the shelter. After a month of living with them the dog became unpredictable with humans and very very other animal aggressive. They spent a fortune on animal behaviourists and trainers and nothing has helped. They put him on puppy prozac and other mood altering drugs to no avail. They have kept him but are in a very similar situation. They will probably have to put him down eventually because he attacks EVERYONE who enters that house. And it really sucks because on one hand you obviously love your dog but on the other hand you can't have him attacking your girlfriend and it's not fair to her to have to be afraid of walking in her house. I feel for you. At this time we are fostering a greyhound and still raw from our other two being killed but if I hear of anybody looking for a dog I will let you know.

Hey Jinx, if you are serious about wanting this dog there are pet transport services out there. Or..maybe we can find enough friends willing to drive an hour or two at a time to get the dog where he needs to go?

02-07-2012, 07:14 PM
I posted your story on GPA-Wisconsin's website. They are greyhound people but perhaps they know a guy who knows a guy...