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Although I think most of the forum members (including myself) believe Goldens should be inside dogs, I think your best solution to this problem is to only allow this dog to be within a physically fenced yard. It is far less likely that your neighbor would enter into a fenced yard to say "HI" than come through the invisible fence. Remember, it is an "invisible" fence, meaning he could not see it and likely did not realize it was there. Also, the fact that you had your dog out with an invisible fence implies that your dog is not aggressive. Now you know differently, so there is no excuse for allowing him to be in a situation where he can attack other dogs.
Is your dog intact? Was the other dog intact? It may be possible that your female is coming into heat, or even if she isn't actually going into heat, she is becoming more sexually mature and other males will become more interested in her. That can make your male even more dangerous. All these things are more reasons to have a physical fence.
As to cats, is there a large population of feral cats where you live? I can see to some extent where a dog might become a cat killer if there was. My dogs have lived and loved inside/outside cats and they knew their cats whether they were inside or outside (our cats would go for walks with us). They would chase cats they did not know outside, but would not attack those cats. If the cat stood still to greet the dogs they would all do a polite greeting and if the cat reacted aggressively, they would back WAAAAY off.
Back to Goldens in general. They should NOT be killers of dogs, it demonstrates poor temperament. However, this dog has killed another dog and MUST be contained to prevent him from harming another dog. As to danger to humans, being dog/dog aggressive does not necessarily mean he will ever bee human aggressive. Most Pit Bulls would never hurt a human even if they are dog aggressive. However, the fact that this dog has used his teeth to resolve his problems and is of a breed that should NEVER do that, might suggest that he will do the same thing if his problem is with a human.
Carolyn (A.K.A. Aunt Care) and
Creekwood Tanglefoot Selchie CD, RN, AX, AXJ, CGC, CCA, (A.K.A. Selli-Belle) Golden
Valentine Byrd McDuff (A.K.A. Duffy) Golden/Sheltie
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