I'm pregnant & my dog is aggressive towards children. Help!

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

He’s a small dog, and you said that he is okay with children as long as you are supervising. From now on, I would tell strange kids not to approach either dog. I think it may be okay. If he had bitten other children in your family, I would tell you to find him another home, but I don’t think this will be a huge issue.

 

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsRichard: We’ve got / will have a similar situation. He may become protective of the baby as he’ll know the baby would’ve come from you, so then you will need be careful of him around people when they visit the baby. It’ll be OK as you’ll manage the situation, whatever it maybe. 

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

Have you tried hiring a behaviorist? They would be able to help you a lot better than you can do on your own, probably.

 

But once the baby arrives, I’d keep them seperated. Always keep the baby where the dog cant reach. If the baby is going to be within biting distance, I’d keep the dog in another room. I wouldnt chance it.

I’d especially keep them seperate when the baby starts to crawl/walk. They’d still be too young to realize that they cant go grab the dog, and their sudden movements might make him react out of fear.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I would start working with a trainer now, ASAP so you can get out ahead of this and have a better behaved boy by the time your little one gets here. The trainer who taught my dogs puppy class holds special classes for “Feisty Fidos”. She also does a lot of in home training for dealing with specific issues, like your problem with kids. It probably won’t be inexpensive, but I would bring a professional in to asses his issues and create a good plan to address them.  You’ll have to work on children, his posessiveness, managing his reactions etc. It’s doable but you will have to put a lot of work in, and even after training always be vigilant.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@MrsRichard:  Well most dogs react out of fear, not aggression. Straight up human aggression is rare, its usually fear based. So hopefully your trainer can help him get past his fear and gain some confidence. Good luck!

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@MrsRichard:  Please do not take him to a park. He’s already stressed out by kids, and him being around a bunch of them, running around and screaming and playing is just going to make it worse.

Plus a lot of kids do not have manners when it comes to greeting dogs, and you never know when one of them might just run up without asking and try to touch him.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think a trainer would be very helpful. Even if they can’t provide an actual child to work with, they can help you set things up before the baby gets here. It will be very important for the dogs to see the baby as high on the totem pole.

In the mean time, I would not allow any unfamiliar children to approach or pet him. If you do find a few willing participants, try having them toss him treats from a distance.

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

There are programs for for this with trainers and stuff, depending on the area you’re in. Check with your vet. Maybe they know of a program? 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We didn’t have an issue like this, but when my first niece was born, my mom played YouTube videos that had baby cries and noises to get her dogs used to it.  At first, they were really curious but then they got used to it and were indifferent.  Good luck, I hope you find a good solution!

Post # 16
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Busy bee

@Sawyer13:  That’s a really good suggestion. 

Op, I think you should try and get him used to all the changes that will happen – smells, sounds, less attention, etc. Then he wont feel so lost when the baby does come. Id also introduce them straight away and let him inow theyre a good member of the pack otherwise he may get jealous and dislike the baby for keeping you away from him.

But the main issue for him may be the specific kids who just don’t know how to treat animals so when you raise your kid(s) to be gentle and not too rough will dogs there may not be any problem. Good luck, and congratulations. 

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