If you decide to rescue an animal remember: Rescues Vet the animals (shots, deworm, blood work) flea & tick meds are given, they are usually spay/neutered, and groomed. Plus the feeding and boarding of these animals until they are adopted. IF the rescue does all/most of this, it is well worth the adoption fee plus the income goes to rescue other animals. Town shelters get some money from the town, everyone but the Dog officer (low paying job) is a volunteer. Private rescues rely on donations. Of course you should ask questions about what they do and don’t do. Call a Vet & groomer, find out what all the above will cost. Do the math, you may be surprised at the bargain they offer. In any case your new friend is worth it!!!
Switching to positive training? At first, it might be frustrating for you – and your dog. The benefits, however, will last a lifetime. In positive training, the goal is to help the dog do the right thing and then reward him for it, rather than punishing him for doing the wrong thing. If he makes a mistake, the behavior is ignored, or excused with an “Oops, try again!” to encourage the dog to do something else.
One way to find out how serious a bite may be is to acknowledge that different levels of bites exist. Bite levels range from minor to so severe they lead to death. Dr. Ian Dunbar first developed this bite levels system. I’m providing my modified description of these levels here.