(Closed) Getting rid of a dog that bites?—directed more towards dog owners

posted 10 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I think it would depend a LOT on the dog’s behavior/temperment prior to the incident. If the dog is constantly annoyed by the child, aggressive towards him/her, or too jealous of the attention the child gets, or just a tempermental dog in general (i.e. likely to snap/growl/etc. at the child again/regularly), I would be a lot quicker to get rid of it; whereas if the dog just got too excited or was trying to play, I would probably be more inclined to look into training options, like you mentioned.

We don’t have a dog though, haha.

Post # 4
5091 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

Never.  I mean, I guess if the dog was kind of aggressive already and obviously attacked the child with no provocation, then I might have to find another home for it, but otherwise, we’d deal.  It’s not the dog’s fault that there’s a small, stinky, noisy human-like thing that’s suddenly in his space.

Post # 5
2154 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Tough questions. I agree that it depends a lot on the situation, as well as the breed of the dog. I know that even little dogs can cause a lot of damage if they want to, but to be honest a serious growl from a big dog would cause me more concern than a full on attack from a teacup poodle. I’d also have to consider the situation – did the child hurt the dog? If it’s a bit more of a grey area like that I’d be more likely to look into other options. But if it was unprovoked, or an ongoing problem, I’d have to find another home for the dog. Otherwise the child, the dog, or both could end up dead.

Post # 6
4479 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Assuming I thought my child was safe (ETA: that would be my top priority!), I would look into training options (and keep the dog away from the kid in the meantime). I might look for another home for a pet if it was just incompatible with my child. I absolutely would not put a healthy dog down, though!

Post # 8
3295 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

absolutely not! i would def look into training options and if that failed then my parents would prolly take my pups 🙂

Post # 9
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would find a child-free home for the dog.  The safety of my child would come first, no matter how minor the incident.  (And yes, there is a big difference between playing and an unprovoked attack).  As a child, my parents had a dog that unexpectedly bit my little brother when he was about 2.  They found a new home for the dog immediately.  I would do the same.

Post # 10
9024 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The child’s saftely should be number one.. why keep a dog that may attack your child again.. I would never take that chance. I know some people see their dog’s as their babies too.. but in this case that would be taking it too far

Post # 11
1682 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It really depends. A dog is a dog & will behave as such. And part of that behaviour will be biting if it feels threatened, provoked, or scared. It also depends on the severity of the bite.

Regardless of the severity, however, I would probably keep dog & child separate after the incident until the child is a bit older. And if it bit WITHOUT a reason, its out the door. Immediately.

Post # 12
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

For me, it would depend on the bite AND how big the child is. Our dog play bites–she’s not doing it to be mean, but she’ll give you a good nip when we are playing rough. But I also think the dog needs to know a different set of boundaries when it is a smaller child.  If it was a bigger child and that kind of bite, I’d be okay with it. If it were any type of aggressive bite, we’d probably try training because it’s done a lot for her already and she picks up right and wrong pretty quick. I would never just get rid of a dog though–I’d have to make sure it went to a good home.

ETA: It depends on the circumstance of the mean bite, too. My neice loves all dogs, but she has a very bad habit of egging them on sometimes. If it’s something that the child has been told to stop doing multiple times (when they are old enough to understand) and don’t, I think in that circumstance it’s as much the child’s fault as the dog’s and both need to be reprimanded.

Post # 13
6014 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I have a niece that has a huge bite mark going across her face from when their dog bit her in the face.  She was two and just walked past the dog, they had the dog for ten years prior.   the vet put the dog down.   Once the dog goes after a child you have to make a choice.  Once it goes after a child you just don’t know if it will again, but worse.  It could be sick.   They are hoping the marks fade but if not she is looking at the very least a few operations with the plastic surgeon. 

Post # 14
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’d have to know what made the dog react that way.  Did the child do something to provoke that kind of reaction?  Or did the dog just “turn”?  

Post # 16
967 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

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@Nola:  Well, if I were a dog, I’d totally react the same way!!! 

So, no – in that case, I wouldn’t get rid of the dog.  Instead, I would teach my child how to properly interact with an animal.  Hitting a dog over the head with a plastic hammer would definitely trigger that type of reaction in a dog like a cockapoo. 

A lab would probably tolerate it.  We have a lab and she tolerates sooo freaking much from our kids.  I mean, I seriously do not know how she can stand them sometimes!  lol!  However, other dogs don’t have that same disposition.  Our dog will go to her crate if she wants to be left alone.  If she’s stalked there, she’ll find some other place (under the bed) where the kids can’t get her!

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