+1465 – I am not OP.
This was posted in /r/germanshepherds by [/u/wildflowersnotweeds/](https://www.reddit.com/user/wildflowersnotweeds/)OOP’s demeanor and willingness to look at hard truths and taking responsibility is commendable. This is why this particular post has struck a chord with me. I wish them the very best for the future.
>!Unfortunately, the dog ended up being euthanized for everyone’s safety.!<
[Looking for help with my aggressive GSD](https://www.reddit.com/r/germanshepherds/comments/u906ye/looking_for_help_with_my_aggressive_gsd/)
Ok please don’t judge me or downvote me, I am just looking for help.
I adopted my GSD from a shelter 5 years ago when she was about 2. She was kept in a puppy mill until then and I think was physically abused. I mostly don’t know anything about her life beforehand, but when I met her she was scared of everything: wouldn’t come out for walks or treats and would just lay under my bed.
Over the last 5 years, I have spent over $10k on training and bills and I always had hope that she was improving. It seemed like she was coming out of her shell, but the longer things have gone on, the more aggressive and protective she has become. I have no idea what I did or am doing wrong. The only thing I can think is additional exposure to other humans and dogs but I can’t exactly risk her meeting them and going after them.
The last few weeks, I have almost lost control of her on walks as she pulls towards other people/dogs. I don’t know what she intends to do, it mostly seems playful but if she snapped or felt threatened, there would be no way to hold her back. She has bitten my aunt, mom and several exes and even bit someone the first week I got her but he ended up being fine.
The hardest part for me is that she has never been aggressive toward me even once and she is best friends with a few different dogs (including my boxer) I acclimated her with slowly.
At this point, I don’t know what to do. Even our walks are stressful when they should be relaxing. And I find myself crying or in a bad mood for hours if she misbehaves. I have missed out on so many opportunities because I have her- weddings, beach trips, being able to have a roommate or even afford my bills (I have had to borrow money for her trainings), meeting neighbors, etc. I am ok with that, it is that I literally live in fear that she will attack someone.
I reached out to a friend who rescues GSDs and is in the veterinary field and she said that any rescue most likely wouldn’t take her. She said euthanasia might be the best option since she can literally hurt anyone at this point. I would be devastated honestly but physically I cannot hold her back anymore and mentally I am a wreck and it continues to get worse.
I guess what I need from y’all is: your opinion on euthanasia for an aggressive dog or any recommendations on someone who could take her. She truly is a GSD in that she will protect her owner forever. She loves to play in the yard, but unfortunately I just cannot afford one. I feel like a ranch or farm would be perfect for her and I could even see her as an outdoor dog. I would happily drive across the country for her to be with a loving family.
I welcome any feedback or advice, just please be nice because this has been really hard for me, especially lately. Thank you.
The community reaches out with many positive and validating statements, expressing compassion but also advising to not shy away from euthanising the dog if she can’t be helped.
[Update on my aggressive GSD](https://www.reddit.com/r/germanshepherds/comments/ugsv57/update_on_my_aggressive_gsd/) contains several images of a gorgeous white german shepherd
I posted a request for advice about my aggressive German Shepherd (Terra) about two weeks ago to this subreddit (linked [here](https://www.reddit.com/r/germanshepherds/comments/u906ye/looking_for_help_with_my_aggressive_gsd/)). I received a lot of comments (I’m sorry I couldn’t reply to them all). I found that the comments were either techniques I had already tried or euthanasia.
Euthanasia was something that I honestly did not think about because I always wanted to believe that I could fix her and that she would eventually calm down and lose her aggressiveness. One Redditor reached out to me and happened to live in the same state as me, about 3 hours away. She is a behaviorist and has worked with GSDs for years. We talked on the phone for several hours about Terra. It was very emotional but she helped me come to the conclusion that euthanasia was the only option because of how aggressive she was.
I never thought that I would have to let her go- I always thought she’d just pass of old age. I decided to put her down last Sunday, and this last week has been really rough for me and my boxer, Allie. Even though it’s been hard, I know that it was the right decision and that she is at peace now. She was not happy here on Earth and I hope that one day I’ll see her again.
I have added some pictures so that you all can see what she looked like to me all the time. She truly loved me and I knew that down to the last second. I know this because the sedation was supposed to take up to 30 minutes and at the 50-minute mark, she still went after the nurses trying to “protect” me. I didn’t need her to protect me but that’s a GSD- a true fighter.
I’m so thankful that I was chosen to experience this special kind of love. If anybody is going through the same thing and needs to talk, feel free to DM me. I am going to leave this subreddit because I see all the posts and they just make me sad. Please hold on to your pup extra tight for me today.
Thank you and I’ll be seeing y’all…
Again the community reaches out with compassion was happy to validate OOP’s choices.
Remember: I am not OP, I simply reposted.
Edit: Many users have suggested this, but [/u/cypress\_](https://www.reddit.com/user/cypress__/)\_ was the first. With their permission I am copying their comment for better visibility:
>If you are reading this and it strikes a chord with your own pet, please check out [r/reactivedogs](https://www.reddit.com/r/reactivedogs/). Not all dogs can be saved and behavioral euthanasia is a necessary last resort, but many dogs can make amazing progress with the right professionals (like a veterinary behaviorist – an actual vet with additional training in behavior). The field of dog training is wildly unregulated and a lot of trainers use methods that can very well make reactivity worse and do not address a dog’s underlying fears. I learned the hard way with a rescue.
>Having a reactive dog is really lonely – people who have only had easy dogs will give you terrible advice or insist it’s all your fault, and god forbid behavioral euthanasia is the only safe choice as the same people will rip you to shreds for that, too. I have never had to make that choice (my dogs improved drastically working with professionals) but L[osing Lulu](https://www.facebook.com/groups/losinglulu/about/) is a great resource for those who have.