Our 3 year old german shepherd is named Niko. He is AKC registered. We purchased him from a breeder in Virginia for our 13 year old sons Christmas present 3 years ago (he was 10). Niko is neutered and up to date on all shots and in good health. Niko stays in our yard where we have an underground fence which he does not go out of. We have a beagle that lives in the yard with him which he tolerates fine. He does not tolerate other dogs or cats coming into our yard though. He has been to the Top Dog Training program where he was assimilated to being around other dogs and seemed to do fine then, but he is very protective of our yard when it comes to other animals.
We have had many people come to our house throughout these past 3 years without incident. He has never acted aggressively until this past Tuesday evening. We live in a neighborhood that has been heavily impacted by flooding from hurricane Matthew. Many in our neighborhood have been without power for several days including my parents who live in the same neighborhood. They have been forced to move in temporarily with us which I think has contributed to Niko’s anxiety from the change he is dealing with. This past Tuesday evening my 16 year old son called for our neighbor’s son who is 17 to come over and see some fishing tackle he just received. When the 17 year old walked into the yard, as he has done before many times, Niko charged at him and lunged and grabbed him by his hand. He did not break the skin but scared the boy, which has scared us and his family as well. We live in a cul-de-sac which has two 9 year old twin boys and a 12 year old girl on one side of our yard and a 13 year old girl and a 17 year old boy on the other side. Our cul-de-sac is filled with other children as well (a family with 12 year old boy, 13 year old girl, and 17 year old boy and another family with an 8 year old boy and an 11 year old girl). Children are constantly running and playing all around our cul-de-sac and we have never had a problem until this past Tuesday. Niko is a good dog that is only doing what he is bred to do, which is protect our yard and our family. We feel we owe it to our neighbors to try to protect their children from any accidental wandering into our yard. Niko truly deserves a place to run and be happy. This is breaking our family’s heart, especially my 13 year old son, but we want to do what is best for Niko and our neighbors. We are truly in need of a rescue. He would be a great dog for a family with no neighbors and a large area to run.
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